9 mm hard cast bullets for self defense
First, in my 9mm's I generally carry Ranger T 147 gr. HP, or Golden Saber 147 gr. HP.
But in the past, I have used 158 gr. hard cast SWC in .38 snub, and almost exclusively used 215 gr. hard cast SWC in a .44 special. Both loads were approx. 800 fps. I know there are several people here that extol the virtues of such loads, maybe loaded to 850 fps.
I've just starting loading 9 mm 147 gr. hard cast flat point with 4.1 gr. of Power Pistol for IDPA, and according to my Lyman manual produces 939 fps. If the 158 gr. .38 SWC at 850 fps is a good defensive load (at least in some people's opinion), how would this 9mm load compare? 9mm is slightly faster (and very accurate in my M&P), weight is similar, but the meplat is slightly smaller (.234 for the 9, .257 for my .38 SWC), and lacks the sharp shoulder of the .38 SWC. What is more important in this type load, meplat size, sharp shoulder, or just having a flat point?
I'll continue to carry the Ranger T or Golden Saber for the most part, but was just curious what some of you might think of this 9mm load compared to a hard cast .38 SWC for a defensive round.