This is a discussion on 9mm+p in which grains?? within the Defensive Ammunition & Ballistics forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by bruce21b i personally like 124 grain..... I carry Remington Golden Saber Bonded 124 +P IMO it has the perfect balance of penetration/expansion..... ...
I say you're making the right choice on the 124 gr rounds. Those 147 gr ones aren't bad necessarily, but they are easily outperformed by the lighter rounds.
124 +p is what most LEO Dept's carry for on duty rounds.
One more step and it's on!
I've heard from people that have tested various loads that the heavier bullets out of short barrels don't expand like they should,a lighter bullet will expand better out of a short barrel like a lot of the compacts and sub compacts that people carry,The last 9mm I bought was 127 grn +P+ ranger T series
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Great advice given. I so far like the 127 +p+ Rangers. They work without a hitch in my 9's.
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My PM9 eats HST 147g +P reliably.
My XD eats whatever I feed it. I prefer the lighter bullets (115 or 124) b/c they acheive better expansion through higher velocity.
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Out of a barrel 4" or less, I like 115 +P or 124 +P. My Glock 26 and Glock 19 eat Federal 9BPLE (115 grain +P+) like candy, and it is very controllable. The Border Patrol and Illinois State Police used this round for years, with great results. I'm not sure how much more effective the new "wonder fang" rounds are, if any at all, but I like a round with a track record on the street vs. a round that looks good in jello.
I might choose a hot 135 or 147 out of a longer barrel, but my longer barrel pistols are .45s, so I don't have any need for heavier 9mm loads. 9mm is my summertime carry, .45 is my cool weather carry.
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i have winchester ranger 115grn +P+ jhp's and Federal 115grn +P+ jhp law enforcement ammo in my glock.