Speer gold dot short barrel

Speer gold dot short barrel

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    Speer gold dot short barrel

    I shoot a lot of blazer for practice since it is pretty cheap but I carry Speer Gold Dot short barrel in my 38 and my 9's. Is there a reason to use something else?


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    Not if they both feed reliably in your nines and work well in your snub.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gasmitty View Post
    Not if they both feed reliably in your nines and work well in your snub.
    +1. They are arguably the best loads for short barreled pistols.

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    A lot of law enforcement agencies carry the Gold Dot stuff. I'd say it's easily on par with most any other widely used ammo out there.
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    As long as it works.

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    Good rounds. As long as they feed well in your guns, keep on keeping on.
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    Nope it's what I carry in my nines and snubs
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    a good choice.

    many posters ask for "the best". imo, this is difficult to determine, since we can't shoot human beings to test them. don't stress too much. if you're using a decent load, then work on placing your shots in Center of Mass.

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    I think you have made a fine choice.
    Have Fun and Shoot Straight !!

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    For the .380, Gold Dots penetrate 8" in 10% gel with ~.8" expansion. The Gold Sabers are 9.8" with .78" expansion. Given the amount of muscle on a mans chest, you may consider going with the Gold Saber. It increases the chance of a spine hit from a frontal shot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sensei2 View Post
    a good choice.

    many posters ask for "the best". imo, this is difficult to determine, since we can't shoot human beings to test them. don't stress too much. if you're using a decent load, then work on placing your shots in Center of Mass.
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    Stay with the short barreled gold dots. That's what I keep in my 9mm Shield. The bullet design of the short barrel 124 +P load is different than the normal 124 +P load and is designed to expand at lower velocities. Major ammo companies spend serious money on R&D, and short barreled rounds are ENGINEERED to provide the best performance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pgrass101 View Post
    Nope it's what I carry in my nines and snubs
    Quote Originally Posted by gottabkiddin View Post
    A lot of law enforcement agencies carry the Gold Dot stuff. I'd say it's easily on par with most any other widely used ammo out there.
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    +1. They are arguably the best loads for short barreled pistols.
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    Not if they both feed reliably in your nines and work well in your snub.
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    Good rounds. As long as they feed well in your guns, keep on keeping on.

    ^^^I'm in this camp on this one.

    Its what I use in 9mm, .357 sig, and .38 snubs.
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    Shoot what you got. Gold Dots are some of the best.

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    Gold Dots are excellent in .38 Spl and 9mm. When it comes to 9mm, any of the suggested loadings in the following link will server you well.

    Thoughts on Service Pistols, along with Duty and Self-Defense Ammo Recommendations - M4Carbine.net Forums

    9 mm:
    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 JHP
    Speer Gold Dot 124 gr +P JHP
    Winchester Partition Gold 124 gr JHP (RA91P)
    Winchester Ranger-T 124 gr +P JHP (RA9124TP)
    Winchester Ranger Bonded 124 gr +P JHP (RA9BA)
    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)

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