124 vs 147 gr 9mm

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    124 vs 147 gr 9mm

    I know there is no one right answer here, but what do you all see the various pros and cons between these two loads in premium SD cartridges? Your personal choice?
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    For better penetration I prefer 147. I'd take heavier if it was offered.
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    Same here. You really can't go wrong with the heavier round, especially during the cooler months. JMO.
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    I stagger load year round.
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    I just purchased 3 boxes of Winchester Ranger T 147gr. Suitable for any occasion.
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    Would depend a little on 9mm vs 9mm +p.
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    I got the Federal HST in 147gr and the Speer in the 124gr +p. Both are great, but the 147 does better through thick clothing.
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    Those are what I use.
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    I shoot 24gr+P Gold Dots in all my 9s, Reload the same to POA for practice ; )
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    I love bullets on the heavier end of suitable weights for a cartridge. When I infrequently tote a 9mm it's generally a Hi-Power stoked with Winchester 147 grain hollow points. Makes the 9mm not so different than the good ol' .38 Special +P 158 grain loadings.

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    A couple of my guns have issues with 147 gr HP .... so I just don't use it so I don't accidentally have it in the wrong gun and then have an issue when I need it most. Make sure your gun likes it, before you rely on it.
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    I too prefer heavier. I usually carry Speer 147 grain GDHP and practice with American Eagle 147 grain FMJ flat points.

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    The heavier load will generally shoot Higher than the lighter one, if that helps any.
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    Any of these are fine.

    Barnes XPB 115 gr JHP (copper bullet)
    Federal Tactical 124 gr JHP (LE9T1)
    Federal HST 124 gr +P JHP (P9HST3)
    Remington Golden Saber 124 gr +P JHP bonded (GSB9MMD)
    Speer Gold Dot 124 gr +P JHP
    Winchester Partition Gold 124 gr JHP (RA91P)
    Winchester Ranger-T 124 gr +P JHP (RA9124TP)
    Winchester Ranger-T 127 gr +P+ JHP (RA9TA)
    Federal Tactical 135 gr +P JHP (LE9T5)
    Federal HST 147 gr JHP (P9HST2)
    Remington Golden Saber 147 gr JHP (GS9MMC)
    Speer Gold Dot 147 gr JHP
    Winchester Ranger-T 147 gr JHP (RA9T)
    Winchester 147 gr bonded JHP (RA9B/Q4364)

    I prefer the Corbon DPX (Barnes XPB) 115gr +P myself.
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    There are a number of reasons that I stick with the 124gr loads. Slide cycle velocity, energy, performance "on the street".

    And I never understood stagger loading (called "dutch loading" around here). How do you plan to keep track in a fight? I can get one load in the gun and a mag of something deeper penetrating in spares. I sometimes do that, especially in an AR with JSP in it and a mag of M855 as a spare.
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