Help me pick my SD ammo

Help me pick my SD ammo

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    Help me pick my SD ammo

    Ok, So i'm gonna buy some ammo for a few of my guns since I recently got my CHL. For the 9mm with a 3" barrel, I'm thinking Speer GD in either 147gr or 124 +p. In my 40 S&W with a 3.5" barrel i'm going with either 180 or 165 gr. Federal HST and for my 1911 with 3" barrel Speer GD in 180 or 165 gr. If i'm reading barrel length and ballistic result correctly, which I'm probably not since math is my worst subject, LOL, I'm thinking for the shorter barrels the lighter weight bullet is better for expansion. Thanks for any input.


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    Read this: Best Choices for Self Defense Ammo

    Pick one of the loads in each caliber. Bear in mind that they are not listed in any particular order, that they are all pretty much the same as far as effectiveness, and that some may be harder to find and/or more expensive than others.

    Buy a box or two. Load all of the magazines you plan on using for carry/SD to full capacity. See if your pistol shoots these rounds with 100% reliability, and with what you consider acceptible accuracy and control.

    That way, you'll have a round that works in YOUR pistols, not what some anonymous interwebz yayhoo tells you you should carry.

    If you think a lighter round is better, go for it. If you think a heavier round is better, go for it. Personally, I'd go for the one that shoots better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cuda66 View Post
    Read this: Best Choices for Self Defense Ammo

    Pick one of the loads in each caliber. Bear in mind that they are not listed in any particular order, that they are all pretty much the same as far as effectiveness, and that some may be harder to find and/or more expensive than others.

    Buy a box or two. Load all of the magazines you plan on using for carry/SD to full capacity. See if your pistol shoots these rounds with 100% reliability, and with what you consider acceptible accuracy and control.

    That way, you'll have a round that works in YOUR pistols, not what some anonymous interwebz yayhoo tells you you should carry.

    If you think a lighter round is better, go for it. If you think a heavier round is better, go for it. Personally, I'd go for the one that shoots better.
    Excellent advise. Many of my pistols favor different ammo than others.

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    I like the GD's personally - and they shoot well in my pistols. The 124+p's work well for me in the 9's. the 165's in my .40
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    Winchester Ranger bonded for everything I carry. Gold Dots are very sensitive to velocity (barrel length) in regards to penetration and expansion. HSTs are a great choice... Consistent and reliable expansion, even through most barriers. For your 3.5" barrel, I'd stick with a 180 grain round.

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    Go with Remington Golden Saber or at least try them. If you have concerns about bullet/jacket separation, get the bonded version. They are a fine round, reliable and proven to work well. Don't buy the testing on you-tube.

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    Go with what you can buy and shoot and function in your gun. Me, I have been lucky to have access to buy and shoot Cor-Bon DPX in 9MM, .40S&W and .45ACP. These work well for me and they function the guns with no issues and hit at point of aim on the target at 21 feet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cuda66 View Post
    Read this: Best Choices for Self Defense Ammo

    Pick one of the loads in each caliber. Bear in mind that they are not listed in any particular order, that they are all pretty much the same as far as effectiveness, and that some may be harder to find and/or more expensive than others.

    Buy a box or two. Load all of the magazines you plan on using for carry/SD to full capacity. See if your pistol shoots these rounds with 100% reliability, and with what you consider acceptible accuracy and control.

    That way, you'll have a round that works in YOUR pistols, not what some anonymous interwebz yayhoo tells you you should carry.

    If you think a lighter round is better, go for it. If you think a heavier round is better, go for it. Personally, I'd go for the one that shoots better.
    This.

    (FWIW, I carry Federal HST 180gr in my G23, and when I carried a 9mm, I carried HST 147gr +P).
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    147gr in the 9mm/180gr in the .40.....heavier bullets give you better penetration. Period.

    you can buy both at Wally World in the Winchester White box. They are very decent loads.
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    You can look at all the pictures and tests you want online, and read ballistics tables, and advertising....

    But shoot whatever you choose, plus your next two choices, and see if its all accurate and reliable. Talking about what works on the internet, or in somebody else's different gun isn't going to prove anything in your gun.
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    No shortcuts, buy and try...you'll find your own answers!
    So much ammo...so little time!
    Get a box of the main brands mentioned so far; it won't be hard to narrow it down.
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    I just found the WWB 147 JHPs at Wally World and bought all 4 boxes available ($19.99/box of 50). I'll try them out shortly with both my XD9sc and MK9Elite. I presently have both loaded with Ranger 147+Ps. Agreed with all. Carry what shoots well and reliably.

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    Gold Dots, HST or my favorite, Corbon DPX!
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    I think the bullet you can reliably put on target would be your best choice. Whether that is Winchester Ranger 127gr +P+ or the standard pressure 115gr Hornady CD. Where you put it is more important than what you put there.

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    Thanks for all the feedback. Looks like there will be a lot of range time in the near future

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