The best 9mm non+p defensive round?

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    I use Winchester Ranger T in my .40 cal. 180gr JHP --New model "Black Talons"
    I have not put any other SD name brands through my Glock so far, just the Ranger T's and the practice ammo in 180 grain.
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    Chris, interesting spreadsheet on the ammunition. Thanks for posting it

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    I used to carry winchester white box 115gr jhp. As I have learned here on combatcarry they are basically the same as the silvertip ammo. It's reliable, accurate, and cheap enough that you can afford to practice with your carry ammo.

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    Wink Federal 9BP

    The Federal 9BP has been working day-in/night-out for years. Accurate, consistant, and user friendly.

    It's hot-rod +P+ big brother, is the choice of our county PD. It has been sooooooooo wildly effective, they have had no reason to even consider bumping-up to the .40 cal.

    I really think the +P is the way the 9mm needs to be loaded. It was designed to be a fast-stepper, deserves to be loaded as such. Never-the-less, the Federal standard 9BP load is excellent. Well-proven. Period.
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    Thanks Ulver I was begaining to wonder when someone would mention the Federal 9BP. The only two that I feel are the "best" are the Federal 9BP and the Cor-Bon 115 gr +P. Both of those lead the charts on the One Stop Shot crowd and the old goat test.

    In my 9mm its Cor-Bon due to it being easier to come by.

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    Lots of good advice here !
    I personally am standardizing my 9mm to 124 grain non plus p. This way I can
    use it in my older pistols without too much fear of damaging them id I had to. I figure if I ever have to use my pistol to defend my family it will be a close range. I don't think they would know the difference between +p and non +p.
    I have been buying the speer gold dot and federal HST and packing it away for
    a rainy day. Like maybe after the next hurricane......

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    I'll throw my .01 in, since I am still new. I like the Speer Gold Dot 124 +P for carry and then I use the Winchester White Box 124gr FMJ for practice. I didn't feel/see any minor/major differences in shooting either one. And the WWB is super cheap to pick up at Wal-Mart to practice with.

    When I go to the range, I will take a majority of WWB and a minority of Gold Dots and that way I shoot my carry load and then when I switch to the WWB, there is hardly any difference in feel or impact so I can practice more and still have the same feel as my carry ammo.

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    Based on criteria of reliability in my 82 vintage BHP and good combat accuracy:

    Winchester Silvertips in 115gr. Alternate, Federal 9BP in 115gr.
    Primary Silvertips, but I can usually find one of either just about anywhere I go.
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    Wow, NO ONE else listed Winchester Ranger T's.. just 1 Winchester Ranger SXT.. bummer...
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    Another vote for Federal's HST. MY XD eats both the 124 and 147 gr. JHP real good. Available at Streicher's for $14/box.

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    Quote Originally Posted by floridaguy911 View Post
    Wow, NO ONE else listed Winchester Ranger T's.. just 1 Winchester Ranger SXT.. bummer...
    I like the Ranger T's stuff. And now that they even have the bonded series, that makes their line even better.
    I have a local source for 50 rnd boxes of gold dots. The Rangers are almost always mail order for me these days. So, I am saving on shipping...

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    There are so many out there that are good.

    Get a box each of, say, Federal Hydra-Shok, Remington Golden Sabre, Speer Gold Dot, Winchester Ranger. Try-em in both 115 and 124 grain. If you've got the cash, try whichever ones are available in 147-grain, too.

    See which ones you shoot best in your guns, and go with that one.

    Sometimes there is a big difference, and one or two loads out of ten is markedly better than the rest.

    Sometimes there is no real difference. If there is no real difference, buy a bunch of whatever you test that is the cheapest.

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    I had been carrying Gold Dot 124gr +p, but I have switched a couple times. I had some Winchester Ranger T 127 +P+ that work wonderfully, but I found some Federal HST 124gr. that work just as reliably in my HS2000 (pre-XD days) and cost less. It's now my carry ammo.

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    HST Federal

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    I've researched this in the past and it's Cor-Bon all the way.

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