What is a good ammo for 9mm?

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    What is a good ammo for 9mm?

    I am lost right now searchng the internet trying to find a good self defense ammo for a 9mm. I'm leaning towards buying the PX4 SC

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    I keep the following rounds in my 9 MM, depending on what I can find:

    CorBon 115 Grain +P JHP DPX
    Federal 115 Grain +P+ JHP
    Gold Dot 124 Grain +P JHP

    My favorite is the CorBon DPX, but it's hard to find. I can get all the Federal +P+ I want really cheap. The Winchester 127 Grain +P+ is a good load too.

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    My 9mms include the XD9 and the Beretta 92fs. Both guns seem to handle most all ammo I've tried well. I rather like Federal 147 Grn JHP.

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    Looks like a can of worms is being opened yet again

    Everyone in here has an opinion on this.

    But I think we can all agree on this:

    1) Use what will feed in your gun reliably
    2) Use what you can control

    After those 2 criteria are met, let the flames begin

    I personally have been using the 124gr +p winchester bonded rangers. They feed good in my USP compact 9mm and I can hit what I aim at with them, for the most part.

    I just purchased several other types of ammo to try out to see maybe if that will improve my marksmanship.

    What I have coming down the pike are 147gr Federal HST and 124gr Speer Gold Dot.

    The ballistics report on both those rounds are pretty good. I just have to see if my gun will eat them and if I can shoot well with them. I've decided to stay away from the +P as they punish my hands too much.

    Good luck!

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    I use Magtec Guardian Gold.

    I don't worry too much about what I use as long as it's JHP and around 124 grains.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iamnoone View Post

    Everyone in here has an opinion on this.

    But I think we can all agree on this:

    1) Use what will feed in your gun reliably
    2) Use what you can control
    Good advice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gimpy View Post
    Good advice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ASSA9 View Post
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    Whatever goes bang. Without fail.
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    *Federal HST
    *Cor-Bon DPX
    *Speer Gold Dots

    Shall I go on?

    Any modern HP will get the job done if you can do your job with it!
    ALWAYS carry! - NEVER tell!

    "A superior Operator is best defined as someone who uses his superior
    judgement to keep himself out of situations that would require a display of his
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    It depends on what your looking for, but overall the +P+ in the 115 to 125 grain 9 mm is mostly widely distributed to law enforcement.

    But some pistols will not handle the extra pressure, and some citizens do not like the increased recoil, so before you bet your life on +P+ ammo, take it to the range and run a 100 plus rounds through your pistol.

    My favorite brands include Federal HS, and Winchester Ranger T's. But, I've never had to shoot someone so it's more a preference than it is an a personal observation.

    Some citizens will swear by the 147 grain. But those rounds where invented for carbine type 9 mm weapons, and while they will still "get the job done" your increasing the amount of recoil and thus reducing the ability of quick fallow up shots.

    Skip down to the bottom area for the 9 mm section

    Selecting the Duty Weapon--Is Caliber the Key?

    And you notice the 147 grains in actual police shooting do not perform as well as the faster lighter rounds.

    Well, that's my 2-cents worth. And remimber you get what ya paid for.

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    In my PM9 I run Gold Dot 124 +p JHP short barrel

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    I use winchester 147 grain jhp personal protection.They are sub sonic which I
    like.Anything that mimics a 45acp works for me.I've always like weight instead
    of speed in bullets.It's time to rotate this as it's my carry ammo I won't be paying twenty bucks for fifty like I did on this box!

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    Corbon DPX 115 GR in my S&W M&P 9mm
    Corbon/Glaser Pow'RBall (TM) 100 GR in my Kel-tec PF-9

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    I use Cor Bon 124gn, Speer Gold Dot 124gn, or Fed. HS 124gn.

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    Hornaday 147gr TAP...
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