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Old October 18, 2012, 11:57 AM   #1
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Best ammo selection in 9mm

I just put down some money down on a new HK P2000SK in 9mm. I haven't had a 9mm in a long time, at least 5 years. I was just wondering what kind of defensive ammo you use in yours. Weights, brands, ECT. I use golden sabers, 185 gr in my 1911. I wasn't sure if they were any good in 9mm. I've seen videos about guard dog (not impressed), pdx1, critical defense, and gold dots. I would like to stay away from hydra shok. Thanks for the help.
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Old October 18, 2012, 12:16 PM   #2
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Gold Dots, Critical Duty, PDX1, any premium, heavy for caliber bullet is good in my book. I am a fan of heavy/slow in pistol calibers. Whatever you choose, as long as it works in your pistol, you'll probably have made a good choice.
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Old October 18, 2012, 12:21 PM   #3
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Take your pick and buy in bulk.... Find a good place that has 50 round count boxes an buy in bulk. Buying 20 count boxes is too expensive.

I agree with larger heavier bullets for 9mm 124 or 147 grain.
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Old October 18, 2012, 12:37 PM   #4
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Gold Dots, Critical Duty, PDX1, any premium, heavy for caliber bullet is good in my book...Whatever you choose, as long as it works in your pistol, you'll probably have made a good choice
Ditto. Remington Golden Sabers in 124 gr are my preferred, cheaper than some premium brands, loads very reliably in all my 9mms, and proven over time as a workhorse load.
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Old October 18, 2012, 01:01 PM   #5
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Ditto on the Rem Golden Sabers - my top pick for overall price and quality. Just picked up 100 rounds to top off my home stash. I use them and Federal 124gr Hydra-Shok ammo the most...as well as Fiocchi 115gr JHP
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Old October 18, 2012, 01:18 PM   #6
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I also like GD 147gr, but I'll carry any modern HP, I've carried a lot of CorBon 115gr. If they will funtion in my gun I'll use them.
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Old October 18, 2012, 02:00 PM   #7
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Federal HST 124 or 147 gr or Hornady Critical Def/Duty 115/135 gr.
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Old October 18, 2012, 02:03 PM   #8
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All the big names are pretty good...personally in 9mm, I like 147gr Hydra Shok...
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Old October 18, 2012, 03:46 PM   #9
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Speer Gold Dots in 124gr, 147gr, or 124gr +P
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Remington Golden Sabers in 147gr
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Old October 18, 2012, 05:30 PM   #10
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Nobody mentioned the obvious...get whatever your gun feeds best.

Take that back, one person mentioned it.
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Old October 18, 2012, 05:45 PM   #11
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I like Federal HST 147gr......can get it locally for $23 per 50rd box
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Old October 18, 2012, 05:58 PM   #12
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I gotta say regardless of caliber gold dot's have always been an accurate reliable load for me. Tough to find in my area sometimes but when I see them I scoop them up.
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Old October 18, 2012, 06:08 PM   #13
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Ditto on the Rem Golden Sabers - my top pick for overall price and quality.
Your individual experience may vary but I have read in more than a few places that Golden Sabers do not open as reliably as some other rounds.. I have not personally tested it so your milage may vary but it is worth mentioning.
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Old October 18, 2012, 06:36 PM   #14
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I like 124+Ps, HST and Gold Dot. For a decent deal see:

http://mahsupplies.net/
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Old October 18, 2012, 07:07 PM   #15
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As was said... What feeds in your pistol is best.

But the ones considered top performing are:

Gold Dots is 124gn and 147gn
Winchester PDX1 and Rangers in 124gn and 147gn
Federal HST and Tactical in 124gn, 135gn and 147gn
Remington Golden Saber 124gn and 147gn

All the 147gn tend to be standard pressure. Use +P for the other weights.
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Old October 18, 2012, 07:36 PM   #16
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Nobody mentioned the obvious...get whatever your gun feeds best.
FMJ's???

Those should feed best in any pistol, but I wouldn't use them for self defense.
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Old October 18, 2012, 08:28 PM   #17
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Nothin' says "I love you" like a box of hydra-shox ...
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Old October 18, 2012, 08:46 PM   #18
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I'd go with the Federal HST or the Winchester PDX1 in 147 gr.
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Old October 19, 2012, 09:37 AM   #19
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Another question for you guys

Thanks for all your help. Now I have another question I forgot to ask earlier. I have really been researching this for a while but my HK has a 3 1/4 barrel. Some places say light bullets, some say heavy bullets. Any advice?
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Old October 19, 2012, 09:40 AM   #20
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Same answer as before, whatever one is reliable in your gun.
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Old October 19, 2012, 09:54 AM   #21
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Agreed.
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Old October 19, 2012, 10:06 AM   #22
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Speer makes a Gold Dot round specifically for short barrel guns.
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Old October 19, 2012, 10:34 AM   #23
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Originally Posted by 1hogfan83:
Thanks for all your help. Now I have another question I forgot to ask earlier. I have really been researching this for a while but my HK has a 3 1/4 barrel. Some places say light bullets, some say heavy bullets. Any advice?
Stick with "heavy-for-caliber" JHPs. Momentum = penetration.
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Old October 19, 2012, 12:53 PM   #24
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I use Hornady Critical Defense in all the guns I carry or use in my home for SD ... that said, I'm guessing that any brand-name JHP will serve you well if you are in a situation where you have to fire it to protect yourself ... if you look at magazine tests, which I know many folks who frequent TFL don't trust, in some guns one brand shoots a tighter group or hits a higher muzzle velocity than another, but the loser in that test wins in another ... I tried a number of brands in the guns I carry and the Hornady round performed well for me ...
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Old October 19, 2012, 03:06 PM   #25
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Gold Dots, Critical Duty, PDX1, any premium, heavy for caliber bullet is good in my book...Whatever you choose, as long as it works in your pistol, you'll probably have made a good choice
Ditto. Remington Golden Sabers in 124 gr are my preferred, cheaper than some premium brands, loads very reliably in all my 9mms, and proven over time as a workhorse load.
all of this. heavier the better w/ 9mm IMO
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