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Old May 14, 2011, 09:23 PM   #1
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Best 9mm self defense ammo

I am going to start carrying my 9mm pistol. What ammo should I put in it to carry?
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Old May 14, 2011, 09:39 PM   #2
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Whatever shoots and functions well in your handgun after at least 400rds, preferably more.
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Old May 14, 2011, 09:43 PM   #3
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I am just wondering if there is any preferred brands or types of ammo
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Old May 14, 2011, 09:45 PM   #4
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I carry what has gone through my gun the most.

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Old May 14, 2011, 09:47 PM   #5
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Try the Hornady Critical Defense.
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Old May 14, 2011, 09:58 PM   #6
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speer gold dots 124 gr for me.
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Old May 14, 2011, 10:12 PM   #7
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- Speer Gold Dots 124 gr +P
- Remington Golden Saber 124 gr +P
- Remington Golden Saber 147 gr
- Winchester Supreme Elite 124 gr +P Bonded

Those are the main 4 that I carry and they all fit the FBI requirements. Find out which works for you. Good luck!!
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Old May 14, 2011, 10:20 PM   #8
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There are a lot of good options out there.

I like 124gr +P Speer Gold Dots and HST's.
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Old May 14, 2011, 10:27 PM   #9
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The "best" forum post ever II....

I'm going to start keeping track of these "what's the best" 9x19mm defense round posts.
Members seem to ask this 2-3 times a week.
In short; Here are a few great carry/defense loads:
Ranger T 127gr +P+ JHP, Remington Golden Saber bonded 124gr JHP +P, Hornady TAP or Critical Defense, Corbon PowRball or DPX, Speer Gold Dot 124gr JHP, Federal EFMJ(expanding full metal jacket).
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Old May 14, 2011, 10:28 PM   #10
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Whatever shoots and functions well in your handgun after at least 400rds, preferably more.
+1

Speer Gold dot 124gr +p
Federal HST 124 or 147
Hornady Critical Defense
Remington Golden Saber

All of these and more are good. Find what works in your gun, and what you can readily find for a price you are willing to pay. I use Speer Gold Dots because they have a good track record, they work well in my gun, and I can find them at my LGS for a good price. Critical defense and HST are harder for me to find, and they usually cost a lot more when I do.
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Old May 14, 2011, 10:38 PM   #11
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Rinse & repeat

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Old May 14, 2011, 10:46 PM   #12
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Lots of good options available, but I prefer Gold Dots for my PD ammo. My 9mm is a 3.5" barrel, so I run the 124 grain short barrel stuff and love it.
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Old May 14, 2011, 11:02 PM   #13
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I don't know if it's best, but myself and several others I know all use Speer Gold Dots.
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Old May 14, 2011, 11:15 PM   #14
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I'm going to start keeping track of these "what's the best" 9x19mm defense round posts.
Members seem to ask this 2-3 times a week.
I agree. I am guilty of this as well when I first joined the forum.

Let me be the first to say that a well placed shot or two with ammo proven reliable in your gun and any of the SD ammo will be sufficient.

I have Federal LEO only HST, 124gr, JHP that I bought from Ammunitiontogo.com and they feed well in my Kahr CW9.

http://www.ammunitiontogo.com/produc...low-point-ammo

I would like to try the Speer Gold Dots next as they seem to get recommended quite a bit.
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Old May 14, 2011, 11:35 PM   #15
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The Speer Gold Dot 124gr JHP +P has been in service with the NYPD for many years with + documented MOS(member of service) results.
Gun press writer & tactics trainer Massad Ayoob had a recent gun magazine item about the NYPD's use of 9x19mm Speer Gold Dot rounds.
I'd lean more towards the Winchester Ranger T 127gr +P+ JHP or the bonded Remington Golden Saber JHP +P but any of those brands could do very well in a duty or defense semi auto pistol.

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Old May 15, 2011, 12:13 AM   #16
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Ranger T or Gold Dots are a good choice.
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Old May 15, 2011, 12:29 AM   #17
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What type of gun are you carrying?

Makes a big difference if it's a PF9 or a full size Beretta.

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I'd lean more towards the Winchester Ranger T 127gr +P+ JHP
Try shooting that from a PF9 instead of a full size autoloader. It may fire fine, but controlability will definetly be a factor in hitting your target.
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Old May 15, 2011, 04:52 AM   #18
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147gr federal HST +p or standard pressure is my favorite.

i also like 135gr +p federal tactical bonded, and gold dot 124gr +p.


all solid performers


never been a fan of winchester jhp's. the t-series often plug up and don't expand, and experience core/jacket separation. a little googling will show this. the 9mm 127gr +P+ ranger-t is the only one i'd consider using as it's the best performer of any t-series caliber, but only if i couldn't find my faves


if you want to do some reading on wound ballistics, google two of the top experts in the field: dr. martin fackler, and dr. gary roberts. they're scientists, not gun rag writers like ayoob.
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Old May 15, 2011, 05:36 AM   #19
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the bonded Remington Golden Saber JHP +P but any of those brands could do very well in a duty or defense semi auto pistol.
bonded golden sabers are garbage. they actually perform worse than stand golden saber as far as core jacket separation. numerous tests online prove this.
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Old May 15, 2011, 05:50 AM   #20
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My G19 likes 124gr +p Gold Dots loaded by Black Hills.
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Old May 15, 2011, 06:03 AM   #21
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There are a lot of good options out there.

I like 124gr +P Speer Gold Dots and HST's.
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Old May 15, 2011, 06:06 AM   #22
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Winchester PDX Bonded 124gr +P's are what I like. Or Gold Dots.
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Old May 15, 2011, 06:57 AM   #23
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Just about all of the major ammunition manufacturers have there own "premium" self defense load. Just pick one you like, shoot enough rounds of it through your gun to insure in your own mind, its reliability in your gun.
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Old May 15, 2011, 12:13 PM   #24
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When in doubt buy Winchester.


Frankly, I'm personally tired of the continued disparagment of Mr. Ayoob. He has worked for years as a police officer, and has constantly strived to assist other officers to survive.
He has significant industry impact, and there are numerous items we are all familiar with directly attributable to him.
I have always found him polite, direct, helpful, honorable, and human.
So unless you actually know him, I suggest the criticism cease. It's like others telling lies about you.
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Old May 15, 2011, 01:02 PM   #25
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Federal HP

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