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    Little guidance is really needed

    Quote Originally Posted by Dark Helmet View Post
    well, I'm getting close to the point where I need to decide what I'm actually going to carry for ammunition.

    I (will, waiting on permit) carry an HK P2000SK in 9mm, and will be carrying it IWB...

    how much of that is relevant? not sure, but what are my best choices for carry ammunition, and as it relates to that, I've noticed a lot of 124gr +P loads and 147gr NOT +P.... I can't seem to find ballistics info on most of them though, so comparing "dead bad-guy" effects is kinda tough...


    thanks for any/all guidance on this!
    Asking a question like this is like asking 100 people, What's the best candy bar"? Your gonna get a lot of different answers and in reality they all will be right. The best answer I can give is, Any Premium grade hollow point ammo regardless of brand is good. The best thing to do is listen to all the different opinions, Study the specs on the different ammo, read as much "propaganda" that the ammo companies put out and then make a decision, What ever you decide will be right. If you are comfortable with it then it's the "BEST". If you just can't decide, a good rule of thumb is, find out what your local LEOs carry and carry the same.

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  3. much thanks folks...

    I used to be a "MV first" guy... but going from hunting primarily with a 25-06 to a 35 Whelen (aka 35-06)... uh, heavy and a little slower is just A-OK...

    so I'm guessing I'll stick with 124gr +Ps....

    I can't imagine opting for a 115... weight is a very effective tool when it relates to energy transfer, at least on game. 'course I'm not throwing 250gr out there at 2400fps... but nonetheless... (talk about bone-destruction at about 200yds...)

    thanks again.

  4. There's nothing wrong with 147gr ammo in 9mm. If the COAL is set properly, it should not jam or fail to feed.

    147gr is just 11gr shy of 158gr, which is the size of .38s traveling 200fps slower and taking out bad guys for decades.

    The tops in 9mm is Corbon, but by the evidence from tests by people like firearms trainer John Farnham, the DPX round in all copper is the way to go. It will track straight thru auto glass and kill the perp behind it. Near perfect weight retention from the all copper construction.

    Another great round is the one originally designed for the Luger. 124gr JFP. Speer makes a 124gr Uni-Cor that is essentially that, a soft point with serations in the jacket and an exposed, but flat lead nose with the jacket right up to the rim. No worry about soft lead gumming up the feed ramp, the nose will slide up on the jacket. Picked up 100 the other day, will be reloading them to just over 1330 fps.

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    Any of the above as well as Hornady TAPS or Hornady Personal Defense would be good choices as long as you have tried them and are certain they feed well in you firearm. There are many good rounds made today as far as expansion is concerned. As I have said before above all else reliability is paramount with any loads.
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    I use Winchesters PDX1 147gr in my Taurus 24/7 Pro.Have not had any jamming problems! I trust the 147gr as my carry round.
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    Hi all, my first post.
    My carry rounds for my 9mm CZ PCR.
    Hornady 147 gr. JHP/XTP.
    Accurate;
    Deadly:
    Dependable:

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    well, I'm getting close to the point where I need to decide what I'm actually going to carry for ammunition.

    I (will, waiting on permit) carry an HK P2000SK in 9mm, and will be carrying it IWB...

    how much of that is relevant? not sure, but what are my best choices for carry ammunition, and as it relates to that, I've noticed a lot of 124gr +P loads and 147gr NOT +P.... I can't seem to find ballistics info on most of them though, so comparing "dead bad-guy" effects is kinda tough...


    thanks for any/all guidance on this!

    Some of the information you have recieved may be a bit...dated. While it's true that older designs did not do well in real street encounters, the newest generation 147 grain hollow points are much better.

    With the right bullet design, there's nothing wrong with the 147 grain loading. Pick the one that works best in your weapon and worry more about training and tactics.

    Service Pistol Duty and Self-Defense Loads - M4Carbine.net Forums

    Best Choices for Self Defense Ammo

    The following loads all demonstrate outstanding terminal performance and can be considered acceptable for duty/self-defense use:

    9 mm:
    Barnes XPB 105 & 115 gr JHP (copper bullet)
    Federal Tactical 124 gr JHP (LE9T1)
    Speer Gold Dot 124 gr +P JHP
    Winchester Ranger-T 124 gr +P JHP (RA9124TP)
    Winchester Partition Gold 124 gr JHP (RA91P)
    Winchester Ranger-T 127 gr +P+ JHP (RA9TA)
    Federal Tactical 135 gr +P JHP (LE9T5)
    Federal HST 147 gr JHP (P9HST2)
    Remington Golden Saber 147 gr JHP (GS9MMC)
    Speer Gold Dot 147 gr JHP
    Winchester Ranger-T 147 gr JHP (RA9T)
    Winchester 147 gr bonded JHP (RA9B/Q4364)

  9. Cor Bon is the most used.

    Cor Bon is the load my brother uses, He is in the S.E.A.L.S. I am in Law Enf. Myself and as far as stopping power and wound channel damage etc, Cor Bon HP'S are the most effective as far as energy tranferred on impact. Has a Very low risk of going all the way through a target, And "shrooms" very well even through heavily dressed targets, (Jackets/ Hoodies etc. Cor Bon is hard to find anymore. If you can not find them Federal HYDRA SHOK is hands downs the second most used brand by citizens as well as Federal branches.

    But no matter what brand of rounds you decide on make sure they are Hollow Points Remember you don't want over penetration it takes away from the chances of stopping a threat as well as increasing the threat for friendlies in the background.

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    Corbon DPX 115 grain solid copper composition Barnes rounds are what I prefer to carry in a 9mm Luger handgun.

    I'm also impressed with the Federal HST rounds that are now available to law abiding citizens.
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  11. #20
    Quote Originally Posted by mikelang15 View Post
    Cor Bon is the load my brother uses, He is in the S.E.A.L.S.

    Your brother does not use Corbon while on duty with his issued Sig P226. He uses the standard NATO round M882 hardball. 115 grain. Your sure he's a SEAL or is this carried in his personal CCW gun ??
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