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09-04-2010, 07:48
I typically carry a 45 but also am quite proficient with my Glock 19 & 26 in 9mm. Due to availability, reasonable cost, and consistency I do a lot of range practice with Remington UMC 115gr FMJ. What would be a good HP carry/SD cartridge with similar balistics/point of aim and also good reliability. I'd like to carry with something that shoots as close as possible to what I practice with. I am also curious about the ability of these guns to shoot +P loads though I'll probably stick with standard loads per my previous stated reasons.

09-04-2010, 08:09
in my glock 9mm i carry the Ranger 127 +p+.....glock can handle the +p+'s all day long and still want more......

never had a problem with them in my glocks and is a high-performance load

09-04-2010, 08:39
Well, no expert here of course, they'll be along later I trust. If you want to stick with something that behaves like what you practice with, I know Speer makes a 115gr. standard pressure loading capped with their Gold Dot bullet. Myself, I carry the Speer GD in 124gr.+P but you want something close to what you practice with. I like the Gold Dots because they are a bonded bullet and Speer seems at least to produce an overall good quality product. I guess like everything else, there will be failures but Speer makes a slew of ammo for LE here and in Europe. (France at least.) You could also practice with 124gr. FMJ's and use a standard pressure 124gr. offering from Speer (Gold Dot again) for carry. I mention that because I would imagine that the penetration of the 124gr. GD would be better than the 115gr. standard pressure loading.


These guys used to have the 124gr. standard pressure offering by Speer. I don't see it today but you could E-mail them or call them to check. Good luck with it and happy Labor Day.

09-04-2010, 08:41
Oh, do check the link above. It's to the 115gr. Speer GD's.

09-04-2010, 11:33
^ True what Mastr says. I carry Speer Gold Dots 124gr in my 26 and Speer GD 147gr in my 19. The glocks just love speer!

09-04-2010, 18:38
147gr is pretty true to POA/POI, so that's an option if you're kinda hinky about using std pressure rounds for training & then +P or +P+ for SD/carry.

Personally speaking, I prefer 115gr or 124gr fmj for training. When I cycle out my 9mm SD loads (127 +P+) I'll just use a silhouette target & go for COM shots.

09-04-2010, 19:18
I use Fed EFMJ in 9/40 /45 all feed and work well IMO.


09-04-2010, 19:58
Gold Dot, Ranger T, HST, PDX1 in 124.

Little Joe
09-04-2010, 21:28
Corbon DPX, HST, Ranger T, and Gold Dots.

09-04-2010, 21:34
DPX, Powrball (for winter use), Ranger T, and Gold Dot. Not a big fan of 147gr.

09-04-2010, 22:00
I use the Federal 124 gr +P. Accurate and for me shoots to point of aim. Glocks were designed to fire the 9mm Nato round which is at least +P.

09-04-2010, 22:10
In my glocks I use 127 gr ranger +p+ , non glocks standard pressure 124 gr hst's

09-04-2010, 23:30
I find it amazing how many posters reply without addressing the initial query the OP put forth.

09-05-2010, 11:01
Well if you're going to keep using the 115 gr target ammo and want your SD ammo to have a similar feel you need 115 gr SD ammo. I would recommend 115 gr Speer Gold Dot, it's the only 115gr 9mm SD ammo I've shot so all I could comment on.

Personally I use 124gr +p Gold Dot or 147gr +p HST and use 9mm NATO practice ammo to have a similar feel but that's more expensive and offers a marginal benefit in power at best, it's just fun.

09-05-2010, 12:51
Handloading is the best/most economical way to match SD loads. But that takes work to chrono the loads, etc.

Also, Speer makes the Lawman TMJs which is supposed to match the Gold Dot HPs. Probably are more expensive than regular FMJs but not a lot more.

Many Lawman loads duplicate the velocities and bullet weights we load in Gold DotŪ so your practice is realistic.


Looking at Speer's website I don't see a 124+P but they do have 124 and 147.

09-05-2010, 15:35
in my glock 9mm i carry the Ranger 127 +p+.....glock can handle the +p+'s all day long and still want more......

never had a problem with them in my glocks and is a high-performance load

Same here :wavey:

09-05-2010, 16:17
i use same loads summer or winter either hst or ranger t 147