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  1. Purchased Ruger LC9 What Ammo Would You Recommend For Personal Protection

    Just purchased the Ruger LC9 was looking for some input on the best personal protection ammo. Any recommendations would really be appreciated.

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  3. I carry Hornety Critical Defense. I've shot a few at the range and seem to work successful with the milk jugs and wet paper. Just remember the LC9 is not recommend for +p or +p+

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    One thing to remember about a shooting incident is that you are responsible for where your round goes after the gun goes bang. For best personal protection, you want ammunition with enough penetration to do the job without over-penetrating. My recommendation is any reputable brand in semi-jacketed hollow point. This gives good penetration, and for the most part, not too much over-penetration. Talk to some of your local defense instructors to see what they recommend. Stay away from ball ammunition and wad cutters as they have a tendency to over-penetrate soft tissue.
    Let's hear it for Gun Free Zones... Public places where the criminal has a monopoly
    on self defense. - Gary Nelson 2012

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    I have a question also about ammo for LC9. Is Speer Gold Dot 124 good to use. The dealer where I bought my gun said it should be okay. What do you guys think

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    I use PMC Bronze for target/practice shooting, and Federal Premium hollow points for CC protection. Have fired lots of each and never had a problem.
    .........................................
    NYMoose

  7. Although I do not own an LC9, I have had very good luck with the Speer Gold Dot 124 gr. It functions flawlessly in my Kahr PM9 and HK P30. I have also had good luck with the Hornady TAP/FPD rounds. MOST IMPORTANTLY -- Take your gun and carry ammo to the range and try it. Be "beyond certain" that it will feed and function in your weapon!

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    choosing 9mm self defense ammo

    Quote Originally Posted by theohiostate77 View Post
    Just purchased the Ruger LC9 was looking for some input on the best personal protection ammo. Any recommendations would really be appreciated.
    Congrats on your purchase.

    Everyone has their favorite, but before you go any further I highly recommend that you read this web page as it is chock full of information.

    Best Choices for Self Defense Ammo


    Excerpt regarding 9mm ammo:



    If you take all of these criteria into account, the lists should come as no surprise. Please note that all of the recommended pistol loads listed below have been personally tested and vetted by Dr. Roberts. THEY ARE NOT IN ORDER OF PERFORMANCE, SO ANY BULLET ON THE LIST IS CONSIDERED ACCEPTABLE.


    9mm
    • Barnes XPB 115gr HP (35515) loaded by Cor-Bon (DPX09115)
    • Winchester Partition Gold 124gr JHP (RA91P)
    • Winchester Ranger-T 124 gr +P JHP (RA9124TP)
    • Winchester Ranger-T 127gr JHP +P+ (RA9TA)
    • Winchester Ranger-T 147gr JHP (RA9T)
    • Winchester Bonded 147gr JHP (RA9B/Q4364)
    • Speer Gold Dot 124gr JHP +P (53617)
    • Speer Gold Dot 147gr JHP (53619)
    • Remington Golden Saber 147gr JHP (GS9MMC)
    • Federal Tactical 124gr JHP (LE9T1)
    • Federal Tactical 135gr JHP +P (LE9T5)
    • Federal HST 147gr JHP (P9HST2)

    You might notice that the list does NOT include any lightweight bullets with the exception of the Barnes 115gr version. The reason - especially if you've read the beginning of this article - should be clear already, but Doctor Roberts sums it up nicely as well: "With the exception of the Barnes 115 gr XPB all copper projectile, in general, most 9 mm 115 gr loads have demonstrated greater inconsistency, insufficient penetration, poor intermediate barrier capability, and failure to expand in denim testing than other 9mm bullets. For those individuals wanting to use lighter weight, supersonic 9 mmís, I think a better alternative than the vast majority of 115 gr loads is to use the slightly heavier 124 to 127 gr bullets or the Barnes 115 gr all copper bullet"


    Based on the data on that web page (similar data posted elsewhere on the web) and also the information found on this page:

    Ammunition For The Self-Defense Firearm

    I carry Cor-Bon DPX 9mm 115gr JHP (which is +P) in all of my weapons (listed first). It has excellent speed vs. weight characteristics, as well proven expansion capabilities.

    NOTE: for ANY self-defense round, you should run several rounds through your weapon to make sure that your weapon will fire that bullet without fail. Yes, I know that self-defense rounds are expensive, but trust me: it is far better to put a few hundred dollars of SD rounds down range than to find out that your gun jams with the rounds of choice at a crucial moment.

    Additionally, you should inspect EVERY SELF-DEFENSE ROUND that you load into your self defense gun, and check them for flaws.

    Best of luck finding something that works for you.

  9. +1 for Hornady CD

    It seems to me you want controlability with lethality in a personal defense round. Hornady Critical Defense appears to provide a great compromise between recoil and penetration.

    My $0.02 worth.

    Be safe out there.

    /Lee
    Harrisburg, PA

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    The LC9 is rated for +P ammo just not a steady diet of it. So you can go from there.

  11. Purchased Ruger LC9 What Ammo Would You Recommend For Personal Protection

    I use 9mm hollow point hydrashock ammo in my for daily carry.

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