9mm Defense Ammo Advice

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    9mm Defense Ammo Advice

    Would appreciate some feedback on 9mm defense ammo. My gun is a S&W 6906 and was advised that hotloads such as +P and +P+ should not be used with this weapon. Your advice is greatly appreciated.

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    I currently bought some Hornady Critical Defense rounds, it is a special made hollow point filled with a plastic/rubber was made for concealed carry. do a search for it there was a post about it.

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    I carry Remington Golden Sabers or Corbon Power Ball ammo, just depends on the gun I take with me. Both of these are +p loads but they make them in standard pressure also.

    They are both great rounds and work well in my guns. Make sure you test whatever you end up deciding on.

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    If I were you I would try Golden Saber .
    They come in non +p and the reviews and test have always looked good to me.
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    I think you'd be fine shooting +p's for defense out of that pistol. The metal framed SW's were pretty tough. I carry 147gr and can suggest the Federal HST. 124+p is a good round too. Just use the search button and you'll find tons of threads.
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    I'd look at the heavier bullets; 147hr HST, Gold Dot, Ranger-T, PDX-1, etc.
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    +1 on Golden Saber.

    I may be wrong, but I think the Hornady Critical Defense only comes in +P...can anyone comfirm this?
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    there are very long threads with this info, but I am happy to state what I used and what I have read. I use 115 xtp in my PF9 and 124 gold dots (not +p) in my P89. Mas Ayoob says anything over 125 grains in 9mm is not as effective and cites many agencies who have dropped the 147, i beleive the findings with these particular rounds in real world shootings show the 124 grain to be the best penetrator and expander. I have no personal experience with 147's.

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    I use 124gr Gold Dots
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    Shoot a bunch and see what cycles the gun flawlessly. I like Corbon DPX but those are +P. I also shoot Magsafe defenders.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cmb View Post
    there are very long threads with this info, but I am happy to state what I used and what I have read. I use 115 xtp in my PF9 and 124 gold dots (not +p) in my P89. Mas Ayoob says anything over 125 grains in 9mm is not as effective and cites many agencies who have dropped the 147, i beleive the findings with these particular rounds in real world shootings show the 124 grain to be the best penetrator and expander. I have no personal experience with 147's.

    Those are with the older 147gr designs; the newer ones are designed to open at lower velocities.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PastorPack View Post
    +1 on Golden Saber.

    I may be wrong, but I think the Hornady Critical Defense only comes in +P...can anyone comfirm this?
    According to the article in the September AR, that's correct.

    And it's only made in .380, .38 and 9mm.
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    Back in the early 90’s, I carried a Glock 19, and the unit I worked for issued Hydro Shok in 124 gr. I don’t know if it was +P+ or +P but it said LEO only.

    And was told at the time, it was the best of the best. Today I run 127 gr. +P+ Winchester Talons in the home defense G17, and for my carry G26 I run +P Hydro Shok 124 gr.

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    Is a good column on actual shootings and the effectiveness of the bullets used.

    If I was going to run a non +P bullet, I’d run Hydro Shok 124 gr. or 147 gr. or Cor Bon 115 gr.

    AS others of have said, make sure you shoot a bunch and see what cycles in your weapon flawlessly… and when you do find a round you like, by several boxes and shot it at least 100 times though your pistol before you consider it safe for use.

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    The Hornady Critical Defense FTX in 9mm 115gr are not +P. I believe the .380 and .38 are, but not sure.

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    Here's another vote for the Golden Saber standard pressure ammo. I am also a fan of the Federal Classic 115 gr. JHP (the 9BP load), as it functions well in finicky pistols.
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