Speer gold dot or doubletap gold dot?

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    Speer gold dot or doubletap gold dot?

    That is the question. Which will be a better performer? Which is more reliable? Talk amongst yourselves.

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    Most of the GDs already perform well as they come from Speer.

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    Depends. For my .38 +P S&W 638 I switched from Gold Dot 135's to Double Tap 125 Gold Dot tipped. Much more energy in that load and still controllable.

    In my 3" 1911 I tried the Double Tap loads and found them too hot to handle well though I suspect in a 5" steel frame they'd be all right. Too hot for my 4" LW Commander as well. So I'm sticking with Gold Dot 230 gr Short Barrel loads which work flawlessly in the 3". My Commander still shoots best with 200 gr EFMJ.
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    I just purchased several hundred rounds of Double Tap +P 9mm 147gr. with the intent to do an evaluation. If there are no issues, this will be my new carry round.

    I keep reading the ongoing debate between lighter/faster and heavier/slower, and with the +P 147gr., it seems like you can come pretty close to having your cake and eating it too.

    DT so far appears to get great marks for consistency and reliability and the low flash powder seems like a good benefit too. The Gold Dot bullet is well regarded, so it seems like the only downside of this setup is increased recoil.

    Speer Gold Dot 147gr 9mm (4" test barrel)
    Muzzle 985fps
    Muzzle 317ft lbs

    Double Tap 147gr +P 9mm (from G17)
    Muzzle 1135fps
    Muzzle 421ft lbs

    Price
    Speer $17.92 / 20 = $.895/ea(cheaperthandirt.com)
    DT $24.95 / 50 = $.499 (doubletapammo.com)

    Someone here did a review of the DT ammo so you might see if you can find it.

    -john

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    Quote Originally Posted by bzdog View Post
    Price
    Speer $17.92 / 20 = $.895/ea(cheaperthandirt.com)
    DT $24.95 / 50 = $.499 (doubletapammo.com)

    Someone here did a review of the DT ammo so you might see if you can find it.

    -john
    You can get Gold dots for about $20 per 50 rounds at http://ammunitiontogo.com

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