9mm defensive rounds

9mm defensive rounds

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    9mm defensive rounds

    Ok, I pick up my new Bersa BP-9cc today. I'm set with plenty of FMJ ammo. I guess I'll take any 9mm defensive rounds I can find right now, but when things settle down can anyone recommend a solid round in HP that will work well with a shorter barrel (Its 3.3" ) the pistol will handle +P also. Thanks


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    For the 9mm I like either Speer 124 grain +P Gold Dots, Remington 124 +P Golden Sabers, or Double Taps 115 grain bonded defense rounds. The Speer and Remington's I had experience with as a cop, and they work REALLY well for the caliber. The Double Tap offering will mimic a 110 grain 357 Magnum in terms of velocity and kinetic energy dump. However, since Double Tap uses a bonded JHP you will not get jacket seperation and thus get a little more penetration into the target proper. Congrats on the purchase!!
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    Take it for what its worth - very little -but in my opinion any premium quality HP will do the job, and the heavier the better.
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    Here is a good link with ammo tests. Look for the 9mm section.

    http://mousegunaddict.blogspot.com/p...tests.html?m=1

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    I'm of the "Any Premium Quality HP" school, with a preference for 147gr. Personal choices are HST, Ranger-T, and Gold Dot.

    +P is unnecessary with 147gr. - doesn't buy much in performance, but makes controlled follow-ups more difficult.

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    Right now I'm shooting 124gr +P Gold Dot. I also like the HST but I just don't have any right now.

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    I agree, just about any of the premium HP rounds will work. That being said however, some of the bullet designs may not provide consistent expansion at the lower velocities produced by shorter barrels. At these lower velocities the bullets that seem to perform the best are GD Short Barrel loads and Federal HSTs.

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    Take a look at the DPX line. They have a smaller 95 gr. bullet that will perform the same out of a 3" barrel, the same as their 115 gr. bullet out of a longer barrel. This is what I carry in my lightest and smallest 9mm. Other than that I like just plain old 124 gr. Gold Dots. I am not a big fan of +P as I prefer the lower recoil and faster follow-up shots of the non +P ammo. My way of thinking is why go +P with the increase in recoil and noise when you can find a non +P that can meet all the FBI protocol tests. The Hornady line is also pretty good in all calibers. You can take you pick of the Critical Defense or Duty line depending on how much barrier penetration you desire.
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    I also agree that any premium HP will do the job. I do have a preference to the Gold Dot or HST.

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    I like the Federal HST 147+P line , but agree any of the PD line from all the makers are just fine . I also like the Hornady Critical Duty or Defense line . I just rotate them from time to time.

    Federal HST 9mm +P 147 gr JHP Ammo test - YouTube

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigDeal View Post
    Ok, I pick up my new Bersa BP-9cc today. I'm set with plenty of FMJ ammo. I guess I'll take any 9mm defensive rounds I can find right now, but when things settle down can anyone recommend a solid round in HP that will work well with a shorter barrel (Its 3.3" ) the pistol will handle +P also. Thanks
    Speer Gold Dot "short barrel" (GDHP-SB) 124 gr +P

    It's what I carry in my Beretta Nano with a 3" barrel.
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    My own preference is standard pressure Speer GDHP, 147 grain.

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    Mine would be too, but I've been reading about issues with heavy 9mm rounds in short barrel pistols.. on a side note, the GDHP-SB round does come in standard pressure 147 gr too
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    One that works in your gun and goes BANG every time you pull the trigger. Try several to see what your gun likes.
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