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    9mm Defense Ammunition

    What load to you use? I've been using the Hornady Critical Duty 135 gr Flexlock round. It seems that the standard round gets as good a review as the +P, if not better. I have always favored a heavier round like the 147 gr Winchester SXT or Ranger, but I know the 124 gr Speer Gold Dot is an extremely popular round. Of course any quality ammo is going to perform decently well, but I'm just curious as to what y'all use. TKS

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    Winchester 127 +p+ Ranger
    124 Federal HST is my new round
    124 +p Gold Dot
    Critical Duty/Defense
    These are the rounds in my 9mm depending on the gun and how it shoots them. I love the Ranger bullet but they are hard to get. Some say they are the best 9mm bullet made.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shaolin View Post
    Winchester 127 +p+ Ranger
    124 Federal HST is my new round
    124 +p Gold Dot
    Critical Duty/Defense
    These are the rounds in my 9mm depending on the gun and how it shoots them. I love the Ranger bullet but they are hard to get. Some say they are the best 9mm bullet made.
    Yeah, I haven't seen any Rangers in quite a while. I like the Critical Duty, but all those are good rounds.

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    In no particular order, my preferred choices are;

    Federal 124gr +P HST
    Federal 147gr +P HST
    Speer Gold Dot 124gr +P JHP

    I also have carried the Winchester Ranger RA9TA 127gr +P+ JHP but prefer one of the above three.

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    Out in Kentucky almost all defensive ammo is basically a dollar a round. Is this a nation wide thing?

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    Is there a big difference in the Federal 124 HST vs the 124 +p HST? I bought two boxes and they don't say +p on them but I felt they would work well in my Shield since is so small and light.

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    My full size 9mm is loaded with HST + P 124gr.
    My sub compact carries Black Hills Barnes TAC-XP 115gr. + P.

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    Anybody have experience with Buffalo Bore 124 +p. I just got a box of them and they look like good bullets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shaolin View Post
    Is there a big difference in the Federal 124 HST vs the 124 +p HST? I bought two boxes and they don't say +p on them but I felt they would work well in my Shield since is so small and light.
    Check their website under Law Enforcement. I think the +P adds 50 fps muzzle velocity.

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    Saw a video yesterday about newish ammo called liberty usm4 apparently it gets up to 2000 fps. And a portion of the proceeds go to help out special forces veterans. Its expensive but I think its for a good cause. Mainly because I retired from 5th SFG

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    I handload every caliber that I own. For punching paper I use cast or jacketed bulk bullets and try to shoot cheap. But, after the guns are cleaned and stowed I have a "settled" load for each of them. My 9mm house and carry loads use the Hornady 124 gr. XTP.

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    Quote Originally Posted by youngvet24 View Post
    Saw a video yesterday about newish ammo called liberty usm4 apparently it gets up to 2000 fps. And a portion of the proceeds go to help out special forces veterans. Its expensive but I think its for a good cause. Mainly because I retired from 5th SFG
    It's a 50 grain bullet I believe

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    My CZ Phantom is loaded with 124 gr Gold Dots.

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    I carry the Hornady 135 Critical Duty +P. Shoots good, is accurate in my gun (SR9c).

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    The liberty shoots well in my M&P 9c, I've got it staggered with other stuff. I was in the 3rd a long long time ago, before they changed the flash.

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    I guess the old Hydra-Shok are a thing of the past. I currently have my S&W 3913 loaded with 124gr Hydra-Shok ammo as they had a decent price per round. I really feel that any modern bullet placed in the K5 will do the job. Given the perp is not hopped up on drugs and have the strength of 10 mosquitoes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shaolin View Post
    I guess the old Hydra-Shok are a thing of the past. I currently have my S&W 3913 loaded with 124gr Hydra-Shok ammo as they had a decent price per round. I really feel that any modern bullet placed in the K5 will do the job. Given the perp is not hopped up on drugs and have the strength of 10 mosquitoes.
    Changed my mind went back to the Ranger 127 +p+

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    Anything hollow point. much safer for the user. Hard to defend a through and through FMJ Ball in a civil suit. you will not stop an attack with one shot. So there might/will be collateral damage. A hollow point is a hollow point, Buy the round with which you are most accurate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jm38 View Post
    Anything hollow point. much safer for the user. Hard to defend a through and through FMJ Ball in a civil suit. you will not stop an attack with one shot. So there might/will be collateral damage. A hollow point is a hollow point, Buy the round with which you are most accurate.
    I agree with most of what you said. If a hollow point deeply penetrates the bad guy, expands to twice it's diameter, retains the majority of it's mass, and doesn't exit the deceased, it's done its job. If I have to hindsight my actions, I'd prefer to not deal with image evoking names like zombie, shredder, talon, or anything black. I also shy away from anything that fragments or is tethered. IMHO.

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