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    I like 115 grain in 9mm. I like 125 grain in my 9mm magnums (357 SIG).
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    QK - I avoid 9mm ball for the ''usual'' reason, the penetration excess issue.

    I would tho and do for .380 if carrying that, stick to FMJ as the reduced power makes me feel that HP's are possibly too inefficient and over penetration is a lesser issue.
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    Quote Originally Posted by QKShooter
    Just wondering for my own curiousity ~
    Does anybody on the forum who packs a 9mm firearm cart around standard military 9mm ball ammo in their Self~Protection firearm?
    Again...just a "passing thought" curious question & no particular reason why I'm asking the question.
    Heaven helps us! No! I've worked a banger, hit 8 times, core body (abd/lower chest), with no "serious" wound from 9mm ball. (Knicked his liver, had to have some bowel removed, but he was able to run away, and we figure it took his homies an extra 20 minutes or so of driving, to ditch his/their gun, before going to the ED.) Lots of others, not hit as many times, where it was slap a bandage over the holes and prophylactic antibiotics.

    Personal preference is Corbon 115 gr (they use the Speer HP, IIRC).

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    I use 115gr Remington non+p JHP, and it goes where I want it. Evan Marshall told me he thought it was a decent choice, but I will be looking at the Fed EFMJ when money comes back into my life....
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    I carry 147 grain Golden Sabers.

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    I don' think I would use any +P in the older P38s. Speer Makes a Non +P 124 gr Gold Dot that should work good, if it will feed in your P38s. A lot of the older P38s would not feed Hollow Points, you may have to stick to hard Ball.

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    The Federal 115gr+P+ is 9BPLE and is really not super hot. Federal does not push the envelope, but does the job.

    Feeding should be fine in about anything that feeds nato ball 100%.

    Last time I clocked the 9BPLE, about a year ago, it was 1330fps from a BHP, and the time before that was in 1989 just after the ammo became available, and from a Glock 17, 1310fps.

    Different guns, chronos, temp, BP, all contribute to different chrono results.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob72
    Heaven helps us! No! I've worked a banger, hit 8 times, core body (abd/lower chest), with no "serious" wound from 9mm ball. (Knicked his liver, had to have some bowel removed, but he was able to run away, and we figure it took his homies an extra 20 minutes or so of driving, to ditch his/their gun, before going to the ED.) Lots of others, not hit as many times, where it was slap a bandage over the holes and prophylactic antibiotics.

    Personal preference is Corbon 115 gr (they use the Speer HP, IIRC).
    When I carry 9mm (rarely) my first mag is always MAGSAFE prefrangible and my backups are wither 115gr Federal HydraShok or more likely 115gr COR-BON +P (something like 1400fps?) RBCD is supposed to make an awesome load in both 9mm & 45.
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    Winchester 115gr Silvertip Hollowpoints. Absolute reliability in feed and function in my Browning HP. Back up load is Federal 115gr JHP 9BP load.

    I'm not comfortable in using +P's in my early 80's era BHP and am not uncomfortable in using either of these 2 loads for defensive purposes.
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    124 gr Gold Dots, have adequate penetration, most accurate out of my gun of the high end JHPs, and since they are not +P's, my FMJ practice ammo goes to the same point of impact & have the same recoil.

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    My main 9mm carry loads are as follows:
    Federal +P 124 EFMJ
    Federal +P 124 HST
    CorBon +P 115 JHP
    They work the best out of my E9.

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    Thumbs up By The Way........

    My Intention is to just print this entire thread out & hand it over.
    I'll let him choose after he reads all of your suggestions.
    See how I'm staying out of Hot Water on this?
    I'll give him the educated info & let him decide!

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    I avoid 9mm ball for the ''usual'' reason, the penetration excess issue.
    I second that.

    I like Hydrashock 124gr.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gregarat
    I second that.

    I like Hydrashock 124gr.
    Anybody has real life info about Federal's EFMJ? Seems to be the nest of both worlds on paper.

    Article about Federal EFMJ
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    Thumbs up Thanks Miggy

    Thanks for posting that link!
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