Winchester Ranger SXT 9mm 127 gr +p+ JHP expansion

Winchester Ranger SXT 9mm 127 gr +p+ JHP expansion

This is a discussion on Winchester Ranger SXT 9mm 127 gr +p+ JHP expansion within the Defensive Ammunition & Ballistics forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; This was a very non scientific process, but I found the results interesting all the same. I fired 2 rounds, with the first round fired ...

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    Winchester Ranger SXT 9mm 127 gr +p+ JHP expansion

    This was a very non scientific process, but I found the results interesting all the same. I fired 2 rounds, with the first round fired into a trash can full of h20, and the second round fired into a military issue spectra Ballistic panel from a 3 foot distance through a 4" standard rifled pistol barrel. Both rounds retained almost 100% weight measuring 126.55 grains on my scale after being recovered. I didn't weigh before hand unfortunately, but they are factory 127 gr rounds. The "water" round expanded to .75 inches with extremely sharp and uniform copper petals that " double folded" into a tight S shape. I cut my finger and drew blood recovering this round. The ballistic panel round expanded to .95 inches with a less uniform shape with noticeably "duller" petals. The ballistic panel was backed by standard front lawn type soil, and the slug penetrated mostly through the last spectra sheet. Note this is just a thin yoke-collar panel that attaches to the main vest to protect the throat area.
    The first round on the left is the water expanded round, with the ballistic panel expanded round on the right shown from 4 views




    These next photos show the entrance hole in the ballistic panel, then the exit hole with partially expelled slug, then the round after removal from the ballistic sheets. Notice it almost completely penetrated the spectra sheets, but probably saved the wearers life. Imo a fmj 9mm nato round would have easily punched through causing more damage to the wearer.



    Anyway I'm very pleased with the performance of these JHP rounds, they certainly perform as designed. Any comments or questions would be gladly received. Thanks- Jason


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    Nice little expansion test! I've been trying to find some of these to test but haven't had any luck around here in locating any. Hopefully something will shake loose soon....Thanks for posting the pics!
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    I would be curious to find out what kind of muzzle velocity the +P+ round developed.
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    You may wish to try the standard +P Ranger T- Series. You may find that you can get by with a +P load. JMHO

    Please note I do use the Ranger +P+ for my 9mm carbine. With a 16" barrel I'm not wasting the extra charge of powder.


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    ...what did you notice in recoil over standard velocity 115gr or 147gr? what did you fire them in?
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    Always love seeing these posts. I carry ranger T 230 gr in my Colt lw Commander and have not heard a bad thing yet. I am with Snub44 on you opinions to his inquiries. Don't have a 9 mm, but I would feel fully confident with ranger T in every gun I own.
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    Great test, it really shows the rounds charecteristics. And wow the one fired into your yoke collar from your IBA was super impressive.

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    What firearm did you use? I have some Buffalo Bore 9mm +P+ and it specifically states on the box "Not For Polymer Frame".

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    GUN testS magazine, in their March 2005 issue, ranked this Winchester Ranger 124 grain, +P+ load as their highest performing of the tested loads.

    i couldn't find my paper copy, so i had to rely on GT's on-line archive. they gave a figure of 427.7 foot-pounds of energy for this load. don't know what this indicates so far as muzzle velocity, but i'll guess about 1250-1300 fps. a 124 grain bullet at 1100 fps gives 333.2 foot-pounds of energy.

    GUN testS also said that the SAAMI limit for 9mm, +P is 38,500 pound per square inch.. standard 9mm is limited to 35,000 psi.

    NATO limits are higher: 42,000 psi.

    no limit is given for 9mm, +P+, except that it should exceed the +P standard of 38,500 psi.

    GUN testS also did NOT recommend the Ranger 124 grain +P load, because they said it didn't offer enough gain in velocity/energy over standard 9mm to be worth the extra recoil.



    for some reason this site won't let me capitalize the "T" in Gun tests. i've tried several times but it defaults to lower case every time. so i decided to capitalize the entire name. it wouldn't let me do that either - it capitalized "GUN", and the final "S" in tests. weird....

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    I have a couple boxes of 50 if anyone that wants to buy them from me. I have an XDs as my EDC carry and it don't want to use them in it, too small of a gun IMO.
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