This is a discussion on Avoid "Ranger Bonded 9mm 124gr +P (RA9BA)" from www.sgammo.com within the Defensive Ammunition & Ballistics forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by 38 The PDX1's are more expensive but they are current design. You are taking your chances of getting old designs when you ...
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Here is one example of the PDX1 124gr +P failing on a simple denim/newspaper jug test by getting plugged with denim:
Winchester PDX1 Bonded 9mm +P 124 gr JHP Test with Denim - YouTube
Yes, it's just ONE failure, but if that isn't considered a catastrophic failure for a so-called "modern" hollow point, I don't know what it is.
Here's the Corbon DPX 115gr +P load in the exact same testing by the same person in the same gun:
CorBon DPX 9mm +P 115 gr with Denim - YouTube
Take it as you will.
P.S. Out of curiosity, is there any reason you (or anyone) require a bonded bullet? I understand the need for LE officers in the 9mm setting, but the premium .40 S&W and .45 ACP JHPs do just as well or better than their bonded counterparts.
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I'm not surprised that Sam was willing to work with you. I've had real good luck with their ammo & no problems to date, & their service is always so fast & they respond quickly to e-mail queries.
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