Optimum 9mm cartridge for SD.

Optimum 9mm cartridge for SD.

This is a discussion on Optimum 9mm cartridge for SD. within the Defensive Ammunition & Ballistics forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Please state your opinion on this issue.What is the optimum or preferred cartridge for SD with a 9mm and why. Thank you!...

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    Optimum 9mm cartridge for SD.

    Please state your opinion on this issue.What is the optimum or preferred cartridge for SD with a 9mm and why.
    Thank you!


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    Speer Gold Dot 9mm 124gr +p.

    It has the best ballistics on the market as far as I'm concerned.

    415lb muzzle energy and over 1200fps make this one of the most lethal 9mm hollow points available.

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    Geez, how many times is the same question going to be repeated? Doesn't anyone read the existing threads?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Majorlk View Post
    Geez, how many times is the same question going to be repeated? Doesn't anyone read the existing threads?
    Sorry it bothers you that much.I did not know about the search function that is available,I Am still new to the forum.Perhaps in the future I should seek for answers/opinions elsewhere.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jcabin View Post
    Speer Gold Dot 9mm 124gr +p.

    It has the best ballistics on the market as far as I'm concerned.

    415lb muzzle energy and over 1200fps make this one of the most lethal 9mm hollow points available.
    I've carried this round for a very long time. I like it, and I depend on it.

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    People are still here to help. No need to run off because you're new and didn't know. Just try to search first and you'll usually get a bunch of good answers to your questions.
    http://www.defensivecarry.com/vbulletin/search.php

    As for your question, there's a lot of capable 9mm available and I'm sure a search will yield a bunch of suggestions. I'm partial to Federal HST 147g myself. There's some good ballistic data out there to support this if you search for it. Whatever you choose, make sure your gun will eat it reliably.

    Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wasabi View Post
    People are still here to help. No need to run off because you're new and didn't know. Just try to search first and you'll usually get a bunch of good answers to your questions.
    http://www.defensivecarry.com/vbulletin/search.php

    As for your question, there's a lot of capable 9mm available and I'm sure a search will yield a bunch of suggestions. I'm partial to Federal HST 147g myself. There's some good ballistic data out there to support this if you search for it. Whatever you choose, make sure your gun will eat it reliably.

    Good luck.
    Thanks Wasabi!I ask because I have never considered that round for carry.I reload the 9mm buy the thousands,sub-sonic only to feed some toys.My ballistic knowledge of other 9mm loads is limited due to lack of experience.

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    I'm partial to Federal's 124 gr +P EFMJ (Expanding Full Metal Jacket).

    No hollow cavity to get crushed by barriers, nor plugged or wrapped by clothing fibers. While modern JHPs are fairly reliable expanders, I feel the EFMJ takes as much variability out of the equation as is possible.

    I like it better than Cor-Bon's similar PowRBall, because the PowRBall is only 100 gr, and tends to come apart in most tests I've seen.

    Hornady's 115 gr Critical Defense looks good, but it isn't +P.
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    Throwing another round in the debate that never ends. I carry 147 gr. Speer Gold Dots. Figure it's good enough for some TX police departments and some Washington/Oregon police departments it's good enough for me..

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    Ballistically speaking, Cor-Bons 115gr 9mm has a muzzle velocity of about 1475fps. This pretty much guarantees penetration and expansion. Myself, I carry Remington Golden Sabers in my 3913. By the way, Wilkommen!
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    Quote Originally Posted by automatic slim View Post
    Ballistically speaking, Cor-Bons 115gr 9mm has a muzzle velocity of about 1475fps. This pretty much guarantees penetration and expansion. Myself, I carry Remington Golden Sabers in my 3913. By the way, Wilkommen!
    Danke Schön,and Thanks to all for your input!

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    I'm partial to the heavier bullets; 147grn HST, Ranger-T, Gold Dot...all are solid performers, and I'll carry all of them interchangeably, depending on what I can find, and what I box I grab out of the ammo locker...

    I've also picked up some of the new Winchester PDX-1 147grn; haven't had a chance to try 'em out, but the kinda look like bonded Ranger, so I think they'll do OK...

    The Gold Dot 124+p and Ranger 127+p+ are alos good loads, imho.

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    I use 115 xtp's and 124 gold dots!

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    Federal 9BPLE 115 grain JHP +P+ at 1,300fps in my full-size pieces.

    Federal 9BP 115 grain JHP SV in my compact pistols.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hablutzel View Post
    Perhaps in the future I should seek for answers/opinions elsewhere.
    Not necessary. Not everyone appreciates that some people haven't been part of prior discussions. A search is great, but you've got to know what to search for and the wording that'll work in the queries. Otherwise, you can spend hours and get nowhere. Plus, if nobody posted any new queries, since all has been asked before, right?, there wouldn't be a need for a discussion forum. It would simply be a dead zone with a million past opinions to look up.

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    My choice: a performance round that works exceptionally well in my specific gun. There couldn't be a better choice. That happens to be a CZ P-01 running DoubleTap 9mm JHP 124gr +P with Gold Dot bullets.
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