View Poll Results: Fave 9mm load for defense.

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  • 90gr

    1 0.50%
  • 90gr +P

    1 0.50%
  • 115gr

    25 12.38%
  • 115gr +P

    25 12.38%
  • 124gr

    50 24.75%
  • 124gr +P

    53 26.24%
  • 147gr

    27 13.37%
  • 147gr +p

    15 7.43%
  • Other

    5 2.48%
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  1. #1
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    Favorite 9mm load

    Switching my CCW to a 9mm and was curious what loads are preferred and why.

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    Speer 124gr+P GDHP. Been using these for years.

    P.S. If you have a Bushmaster, you have a 5.56mm not a .223. Bushmaster does not chamber in .223. (merely an observation)
    Last edited by Ram Rod; 07-01-2008 at 12:37 AM.

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    I am using the exact same round as Ram Rod.

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    I have no strong preference. I currently have 124gr Gold Dots in my pistol. But I would be equally pleased with any premium load that worked well in my pistol - Golden Saber, SXT, DPX, whatever. Weight matters little to me so long as the bullet penetrates sufficiently (at least 12" in gelatin).

    They all perform so similarly that it hardly matters which you choose, and ammo is really only marginally relevant compared to mindset, marksmanship, gunhandling and tactics.

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    Speer 124gr Gold Dot, sufficient penetration with minimal stress on gun.

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    I carry 124gr Speers if they have them as I know they work well in my pistol. I know Win-WB will work all day long also and lots of times that's what I have. I also carry my own reloads which are on a equal to Win-WB. Just what ever I have handy is what I load up with. I figure with 16rs to start and 15 back up, if I need more than that I in way over my head.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ram Rod View Post
    P.S. If you have a Bushmaster, you have a 5.56mm not a .223. Bushmaster does not chamber in .223. (merely an observation)
    As I understand it, there isn't really a big difference between 5.56 and .223...I've been using .223 since I bought the rifle and haven't had a problem yet.

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    Use rounds that your pistol will cycle reliably and you can shoot accurately. Avoid aluminum or steel cased ammo as these will jam.

    I prefer 147gr JHP subsonics in my P99 in whatever quality brand is on sale. Reduced propellant charge is softer shooting. No transonic shockwave to disrupt accuracy or sonic boom to draw greater attention. The only round to use when shooting with a can.

    Yah, there are those who prefer to scream like a girl when the sh^t hits the fan, but I'd rather be the one to decide when to draw attention... like when there is a clear exit strategy or I'm sure all assailants are down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by submoa View Post
    sonic boom to draw greater attention.
    If I have to shoot someone, I want to draw all the attention I can. I need help!

    Anyway, I am pretty sure if you crack off a couple rounds into a guy, someone will notice, whether or not you are shooting subsonic ammo.
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    well this is interesting
    i learned something today

    cool poll

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    I've tried a few different loads for my P99. I use the 115gr Winchester's whenever I go to the range because they are the cheapest and most widely available. A while back I had a few boxes of 124gr that were Winchester's that I found to be exactly like the 115gr except in price, so I never bought them again. I also have gone through a few boxes of 147gr Silver-coated, Hollow-point's that I've found myself to be the most accurate with. I think there primary use is for carrying and since I have never had a jam with them I'd say they ought to be pretty good for carrying (can't say I've ever had a jam on my P99 with any ammo though). 147gr aren't cheap though and they do give quite a bit of kick.

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    I currently use the Speer Gold Dot 124 grain +P since I can get it. My second choice would the 147 grain Gold Dot.

    That being said, I would feel comfortable with pretty much any modern load from Speer, Remington, Winchester, or Federal.

    I would prefer 124 or 147 grain loads over 115 grain.

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    147 grain Gold Dots are what I'm carrying now. But I really don't have a manufacturer preference.

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    147gr HST

    im eyeing the new +P version pretty hard though.

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    for my wife is the 124 gr bonded hollow point
    its lighter for her to carry in her glock 19
    for me 147 xst +p for my FNP-9

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    I use 124 grain Speer Gold Dot Short Barrel in my Kahr K-9, and regular 124 grain Gold Dots for my CZ-75B, though I rarely carry it, anymore.

    Both guns shoot closest to POA with 147 grain cartridges, but since the 147's were designed mainly for use in carbines, there is always a nagging doubt as to whether they will expand at all from a short barreled pistol.

    The 124 grain Gold Dots are a good compromise, and there is test data to suggest that they do expand well when fired from short-barreled pistols - especially the Short Barrel version.

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    Cool Favorite 9mm load

    Surprised these didn't make the list--Winchester Ranger 124g +p+ for my 9mm.

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    I carry 147gr HydraShoks. Nothing against the 124gr, but when I lived in Colorado and went camping I just figured the more mass the bullet had, the better it would be against any wildlife that might pose a threat. I just stuck with it as my SD/HD load.

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    124 JHP

    I roll my own and though I will buy carry ammo I don't as much as I used to because my 9mms' like my loads better

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bisley View Post
    Both guns shoot closest to POA with 147 grain cartridges, but since the 147's were designed mainly for use in carbines, there is always a nagging doubt as to whether they will expand at all from a short barreled pistol.
    Since making this statement, I have seen some test results that seem to indicate that I'm wrong about the 147 grain not expanding properly through short-barreled pistols. A knowledgeable fellow on another forum has conducted wet newsprint tests on standard pressure Winchester white box 147 grain, fired from a Kahr PM-9, with fairly impressive results.

    The 147's had practically the same expansion and penetration as non +P 115 grain Speer Gold Dots, and were only slightly smaller diameter than 124 grain HST's, and 135 grain Hydra-Shoks.

    The tests were not done in a laboratory, by a real scientist, but still, the guy who did them is an experienced gun-guy, and I consider the results valid.

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