9mm Hydra-Shok - 124gr vs. 147gr

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    9mm Hydra-Shok - 124gr vs. 147gr

    Does anybody have any data or first-hand knowledge regarding differences in performance between the two?

    Thanks!

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    I cannot provide you with charts or IN DEPTH answers, others can. I will however say that the 147 performs better IMO. Due to the velocity by the way, a lighter bullet will travel faster, thus requiring more time to expand in an organic (human) target so the 147 is the better choice. This is only in my experiences however. As I said, one of our resident specialists will chime in and give you better info.
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    10 years back or so, the 147 was blasted constantly for over-penetration in soft tissue and under-penetration in hard targets. Lack of expansion was a primary cause that seems to have been alleviated with modern bullet designs although the under-penetration of harder objects (heavy bone, windshields, ect.) is still questionable because of the lack of energy. In 9mm, a good 115-124 JHP is the way to go IMO. A lot of velocity is lost to gain 23 grains of bullet weight that doesn't give you much, if anything in return.
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    My old department had the 147 as issue ammo back in the early 1990s. The SWAT guys loved the performance out of their MP5s but expansion was inconsistant out of the Beretta 92s.
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    FYI, Hydra-Shok's are known to not expaned due to the HP cloging up on clothing.

    i would find a new load... DPX, GD, HST....

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    I thought I read somewhere that the 9mm was designed to be a 124 projectile. Therefore if I HAD to choose I would go with the native platform. But because I do not have to choose I have either one in my safe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ring View Post
    FYI, Hydra-Shok's are known to not expaned due to the HP cloging up on clothing.

    i would find a new load... DPX, GD, HST....
    Heres a site that backs up what Ring is saying Best Choices for Self Defense Ammo
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    Quote Originally Posted by kpw View Post
    10 years back or so, the 147 was blasted constantly for over-penetration in soft tissue and under-penetration in hard targets. Lack of expansion was a primary cause that seems to have been alleviated with modern bullet designs although the under-penetration of harder objects (heavy bone, windshields, ect.) is still questionable because of the lack of energy. In 9mm, a good 115-124 JHP is the way to go IMO. A lot of velocity is lost to gain 23 grains of bullet weight that doesn't give you much, if anything in return.

    10 years ago, bullet designs were 10 years older...

    As far as the HydraShok goes, the 147 gr has a fairly decent track record, as does the 124gr...but I'd lean towards one of the newer designs, such as HST, Gold Dot, or Ranger-T...and then I'd go heavier.

    Between the two? (shrug) whatever one shot better out of my pistol, I guess.
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