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What are the hottest factory rounds available in these calibers?

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by PlayboyPenguin, Dec 1, 2009.

  1. PlayboyPenguin

    PlayboyPenguin Pacific Northwest Well-Known Member 2016 Volunteer

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    What are the hottest factory rounds you can find in these calibers and what are the listed ballistics of each round? Do not include reloads such as DoubleTap. Just include factory rounds that can be bought retail from a gunshop.

    .32acp

    .380acp

    9mm

    .357sig

    .40S&W

    .45acp

    10mm
     
  2. Creeper

    Creeper Ravensdale, WA. Member

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    Just a guess PP... but I'd bet a buck that the highest velocity for most of those handgun calibers can be found at CorBon.

    "At COR®BON, we believe that velocity is king! Higher energies enhance bullet performance and increase stopping power."

    C
     
  3. Murphy

    Murphy Oregon Member

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    For 9mm it would probably be the Hirtenberger L7A1. Cheap pistols ran the risk of failure with this ammo.
     
  4. whphel

    whphel Lake Stevens Member

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    +p for .45 I would assume would be hot.

    I have some but have not shot any in comparison to win. white box or pmc.

    I will crony a bunch and let ya know.
     
  5. Trlsmn

    Trlsmn In Utero (Portland) Well-Known Member

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    I am Meh on the whole must have hot rounds line of thinking!
     
  6. Creeper

    Creeper Ravensdale, WA. Member

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    You mean the "Winter Sub-machinegun" ammo? :bluelaugh:

    Washington--The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) has been
    advised by Hirtenberger AG, Hirtenberg, Austria, that certain 9X19 mm
    caliber ammunition produced by Hirtenberger is unsafe for use in any
    handgun.

    The ammunition, designated L7A1 and produced ln the years 1990 through
    1992, was produced for the British Ministry of Defense specifically for
    use in submachineguns under adverse conditions. The ammunition was loaded to produce pressures far in excess of that intended for use in handguns.

    The manufacturer advises that up to 12 million rounds of this ammunition
    has recently been sold on the world surplus market. The ammunition can be
    identified by the following head stamp located on the bottom of the
    cartridge case

    12 O'clock position: HP
    3 O'clock position: 90, 91, or 92
    6 O'clock position: L7Al
    9 O'clock position: the marking of a cross within a circle

    This ammunition should not be fired.


    I shot some of this 124gr ammo a few years ago in my P7M8... recoil was sharp for a 9mm, but no snappier than say a 125 grain CorBon.

    Fun with guns...
    C
     
  7. magnum

    magnum Springfield American....'nuff said

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    Possibly somewhere to look is at the buffalo bore brand of ammo. They make most all standard chamberings and almost all are plus p rated. Check midway.com for particulars. Also midway publishes the velocity of the ammo brands/loads they sell.
     
  8. AndyH

    AndyH Keizer, Oregon Well-Known Member

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  9. Gunner3456

    Gunner3456 Salem Well-Known Member

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    Whatever he's using. :)


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  10. Gunner3456

    Gunner3456 Salem Well-Known Member

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    PP, it's not the speed of the round if that's what you mean by hottest. It's the amount of energy that's dumped into the target ie good expansion and weight retention vs full penetration and exit.

    I saw a site not long ago that rated handgun bullets by test. I'll go look for it. It even had pictures of the spent bullets and energy measurements.

    Edit. Here's one. Link
     
  11. BillM

    BillM Amity OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    9mm? Probably Atlanta Arms and Ammo "355 super"

    Made for 9mm major power factor USPSA Open guns, it's dimensionally
    identical to 9x19.

    124 gr HP jacketed, I chrono'd some out of a G17 without barrel ports
    at 1405 fps. Runs around 1360 out of my G17 open guns with three
    blow holes and a 5 port compensator.