Heavier 9mm Self-Defense Rounds

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    Heavier 9mm Self-Defense Rounds

    Been carrying 115 grain Corbon B JHP's.

    Have decided that I need to switch to a heavier bullet.

    Looking for suggestions, particularly heavier than 124 grain.

    Pros and cons welcome.
    George H. Foster
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    Is there any particular reason for a heavier bullet? Most good 115s work pretty well for SD. They also shoot to similar POI as most practice ammo. That's something heavier bullets don't generally do. A lot of people like the newer 147s although I'm not one of them.
    I personally like the 124 +P Gold Dots because of good performance, fairly easy to find and somewhat cheaper than many other loads...sometimes. They also shoot fairly close to POI at 15 yds. as WWB 115s in my G19. A bit high at 25 but not too bad.
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    Speer Gold Dots ; )
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    In the midweights, I liked the 124 Gold Dots and 127+P+ Rangers.

    However, I've since gone to the 147gr 9mm's; HST, PDX-1 & Ranger.
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    i like 127 g +p+ rangers if you can find them. I come across them from time to time and buy as many as i can.
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    pros: better expansion.

    cons: none


    winchest ranger +P+ 127 & winchester PDX1 124grn +p are some of the best.

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    I carry the Gold Dot 124+p but if you would like to see the Gold Dot 147 grain test click on this link.
    YouTube - Speer Gold Dot 9mm 147 gr
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    Go to Corbon DPX. Still 115 grain, but 16" of penetration. You're not gonna get any better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keltyke View Post
    Go to Corbon DPX. Still 115 grain, but 16" of penetration. You're not gonna get any better.
    Bingo. ^^

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    147gr HST's and Ranger T's are hard to beat.
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    In the order below for me. I don't care for +P ammo unless I'm running a very short barrel. I don't run short barrels, so there you have it. Just my preference for 9mm and 45.

    HST

    Ranger T-Series

    DPX

    Gold Dot
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    I'm not a big fan of +P either. I use either 124gr or 147gr. I once had a pistol smith tell me that +P wasn't good in a short barrel because some of the powder was burned outside of the barrel??? I can't say one way or the other....
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    HST's are the best jhp's on the market right now.

    the only downside is their scarcity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonconsiglio View Post
    In the order below for me. I don't care for +P ammo unless I'm running a very short barrel. I don't run short barrels, so there you have it. Just my preference for 9mm and 45.

    HST

    Ranger T-Series

    DPX

    Gold Dot
    You can't really go wrong with any of these four....
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    Quote Originally Posted by GHFLRLTD View Post

    Looking for suggestions...
    What gun are you shooting them out of?

    Out of a gun with a 4" or longer barrel Speer Gold Dot 124 gr.

    Out of a gun with a barrel shorter than 4" Speer Gold Dot Short Barrel +P 124 gr

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