115gr vs 124gr in Glock 43

115gr vs 124gr in Glock 43

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    115gr vs 124gr in Glock 43

    For quite a while now, I've been shooting 115gr Speer Gold Dots in my EDC G43. Because of the small G43 frame size, I was wondering how much increase in recoil -- or decrease in overall manageability I might experience by going to 124gr Gold Dots?
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    I have shot 124 +P 115 & 115 +p+ in my 43 between the 124+p and 115 there is very little discernible recoil difference. It will still be completely manageable.
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    I only carry 147 in all my nines, including the G43 and never noticed any recoil issues. Its a pretty tame gun even with +P.
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    Negligible difference.
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    I used shoot 115 gr JHP and FMJ out of my PPS M2. A couple months ago I switched to Winchester 147 gr Train and Defend ammo. I did not feel that much difference. It did not affect my accuracy a bit.
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    When I was still shooting 9mm Glocks (did not have a 43 though) my hands "perceived" 124gr rounds to be slightly softer shooting than the 115 gr of which I had an ample supply. There probably is little to no difference, but to me the slightly heavier bullet was more comfortable to shoot. And maybe it was just "all in my head?"
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    I can tell a minor difference in standard pressure and +P loads in my G43. I have never noticed any real difference in recoil from different 9mm bullet weights.
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    I think if anything you may find the heavier bullets to have slightly more push versus slightly more snap with the 115. But any difference will be negligible.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gasmitty View Post
    Negligible difference.
    I agree. I canít tell much difference in any of the 9mm weights, be it 115,124, or 147 grain. But if I shoot Win NATO 124 gr or +P rounds, I seem to be able to feel a little difference. My carry rounds in my 9mm Pistols whether G43, Walther PPS M2, Sig P 365 or Sig M-11A1 are either Federal HST or Gold Dots, 124gr +P.

    Now if Iím shooting .38 Specials, I can detect a bigger difference in standard and +P rounds in my little S&W 340PD. If I shoot full house .357 mag loads in that 11.4 oz gun, well, thatís an adventure in recoil for sure. As in ďOuchĒ. I love that 340PD, and carry it often. But my carry rounds in it are Hornady Critical Defense 110 gr +P; a round specifically made for short barrel revolvers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by oldglockfan View Post
    For quite a while now, I've been shooting 115gr Speer Gold Dots in my EDC G43. Because of the small G43 frame size, I was wondering how much increase in recoil -- or decrease in overall manageability I might experience by going to 124gr Gold Dots?
    You wonít feel any difference at all unless your hands have the sensitivity of a world class concert pianist or brain surgeon. The slightly heavier bullet in the 124 compared to the 115 is negligible to 99.9% of us I imagine. I believe the spring weights are calibrated to run about any grain bullet, even those little 65 gr screamers by boutique ammo makers like Underwood. Iíve shot a few of those in a G43 and yes, you can tell they are coming out of the danger end of the gun at a very high rate of speed. But still, completely controllable.


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