What defensive ammo should i use for my xd9 sc?

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  • Federal HST 9MM 124gr HP hollow point LE ammo

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  • Speer Gold Dot 147 gr 9mm Hollow Point GDHP Ammo

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  • Winchester Ranger 9mm T-Series +P 124 gr HP

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    Question What defensive ammo should i use for my xd9 sc?

    I guess I should of came and asked for your 2 cents before I went and made the purchase. But I've had such a hard time finding the couple different defensive ammo that I jumped on the deal when I was able to get all 3. So here they are...

    1 x 50 rd box - 9mm Federal HST 124gr HP hollow point LE ammo P9HST1 - $26.95
    SKU: P9HST1

    1 x 50rd - 9mm Speer Gold Dot 147 grain Hollow Point GDHP Ammo 53619 - $25.95
    SKU: 9mmGD147

    1 x 50rd - Winchester Ranger 9mm T-Series +P RA9124TP - $26.95
    SKU: RA9124TP

    I also have been looking for the Gold Dot in the short barrell but can't seem to find it anywhere. Is it really necessary to be using the short barrell ammo in my sc? If you have used any of these in your sc, what are your thoughts?

    Can I run the 147grain Gold Dot through it with no problems?

    Just looking for your thoughts here and would really appreciate your input. These are the first defensive rounds I will run through my xd, seeing I just got it in last month. I'm sure someone will have better prices then what I paid, but I've been looking for a couple weeks and have had no luck. So when I saw SGAmmo had all 3 of the ones I had been thinking about getting, I went for it.Thanks again for your thoughts on this matter.

    And I'm still looking for a OWB holster for my XD9sc. I'm a little heavy around the love handle section, so if you have any thoughts on what holster works best for that, I would appreciate your 2 cents there also. [/B]

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    My XD9 SC has fired everything I have put through it.

    I personally carry 147gr Golden Saber.

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    Id use a combination of both the HST's and Ranger T's every other round ..

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    They are all good rounds that all perform equally well when placed on target.

    So, YOU should choose whichever one your pistol feeds 100% reliably, and you shoot best when rapid firing.

    So, take that ammo to the range and find out what works for YOU in YOUR gun, instead of worrying about what works best in some anonymous interwebz guru's gun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cuda66 View Post
    They are all good rounds that all perform equally well when placed on target.

    So, YOU should choose whichever one your pistol feeds 100% reliably, and you shoot best when rapid firing.

    So, take that ammo to the range and find out what works for YOU in YOUR gun, instead of worrying about what works best in some anonymous interwebz guru's gun.
    +1. Three very good rounds. They will all do their jobs as long as you do yours. Go with whichever you and your XD9c shoot the best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cuda66 View Post
    They are all good rounds that all perform equally well when placed on target.

    So, YOU should choose whichever one your pistol feeds 100% reliably, and you shoot best when rapid firing.

    So, take that ammo to the range and find out what works for YOU in YOUR gun, instead of worrying about what works best in some anonymous interwebz guru's gun.
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    Anymore, premium defense ammo is just that: premium.

    They'll all work well.

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    Of the three options you list, I'd go with the 9mm Speer 147 gr. Gold Dot JHP.
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    QUANTITATIVE AMMUNITION SELECTION

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    I think you should shoot up all three of those boxes and decide which works best for you. All three are solid choices for SD so there is no "right" answer. However, your carry ammo needs to be fully tested in your individual firearm, so you should plan on needing a couple more boxes of whatever you choose.

    Personally, I shoot 150-200 rounds of my carry ammo in the firearm I'm planning on carrying it with before I consider it vetted and ready to trust my life with.

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    Anything but 147's, HST's or Rangers both will work. Don't fall for the 147 BS hype.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nframe357 View Post
    Anything but 147's, HST's or Rangers both will work. Don't fall for the 147 BS hype.
    What--that in modern design bullets, they expand just as well as lighter weights and penetrate even deeper?
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    hollow points.

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    9mm
    Barnes XPB 115gr HP (35515) loaded by Cor-Bon (DPX09115)
    Winchester Partition Gold 124gr JHP (RA91P)
    Winchester Ranger-T 124 gr +P JHP (RA9124TP)
    Winchester Ranger-T 127gr JHP +P+ (RA9TA)
    Winchester Ranger-T 147gr JHP (RA9T)
    Winchester Bonded 147gr JHP (RA9B/Q4364)
    Speer Gold Dot 124gr JHP +P (53617)
    Speer Gold Dot 147gr JHP (53619)
    Remington Golden Saber 147gr JHP (GS9MMC)
    Federal Tactical 124gr JHP (LE9T1)
    Federal Tactical 135gr JHP +P (LE9T5)
    Federal HST 147gr JHP (P9HST2)


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    Quote Originally Posted by oneshot View Post
    9mm
    Barnes XPB 115gr HP (35515) loaded by Cor-Bon (DPX09115)
    Winchester Partition Gold 124gr JHP (RA91P)
    Winchester Ranger-T 124 gr +P JHP (RA9124TP)
    Winchester Ranger-T 127gr JHP +P+ (RA9TA)
    Winchester Ranger-T 147gr JHP (RA9T)
    Winchester Bonded 147gr JHP (RA9B/Q4364)
    Speer Gold Dot 124gr JHP +P (53617)
    Speer Gold Dot 147gr JHP (53619)
    Remington Golden Saber 147gr JHP (GS9MMC)
    Federal Tactical 124gr JHP (LE9T1)
    Federal Tactical 135gr JHP +P (LE9T5)
    Federal HST 147gr JHP (P9HST2)


    Best Choices for Self Defense Ammo
    I see this posted all the time. Reading it, it says that Dr Roberts conducted these tests. Who is Dr Roberts and why should anyone care about him? I did a quick search and I can't find anything beyond blog sites that really talks about him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skysoldier29 View Post
    I see this posted all the time. Reading it, it says that Dr Roberts conducted these tests. Who is Dr Roberts and why should anyone care about him? I did a quick search and I can't find anything beyond blog sites that really talks about him.
    Author’s Background & Qualifications (from 2008)
    Dr. Roberts is currently on staff at Stanford University Medical Center; this is a large teaching
    hospital and Level I Trauma center were he performs hospital dentistry and surgery. After
    completing his residency at Navy Hospital Oakland in 1989 while on active military duty, he studied
    at the Army Wound Ballistic Research Laboratory at the Letterman Army Institute of Research and
    became one of the first members of the International Wound Ballistic Association. Since then, he
    has been tasked with performing military, law enforcement, and privately funded independent
    wound ballistic testing and analysis. He remains a Navy Reserve officer and has recently served
    on the Joint Service Wound Ballistic IPT, as well as being a consultant to the Joint FBI-USMC
    munitions testing program and the TSWG MURG program. He is frequently asked to provide wound
    ballistic technical assistance to numerous U.S. and allied SOF units and organizations. In addition,
    he is a technical advisor to the Association of Firearms and Toolmark Examiners, as well as to a
    variety of Federal, State, and municipal law enforcement agencies. He has been a sworn Reserve
    Police Officer in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he now he serves in an LE training role.

    Look him up under DocGKR, you'll find all sorts of information about him.
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