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I made an interesting observation yesterday. I found a decent price on some Hornady Custom 115 grain XTP 9mm at a local store. I purchased a box of them to try out. However, when I opened them up and sat one of these rounds next to a 147 grain Remington Golden Saber, I noticed the Hornady cartridges had a much shorter OAL. Is this normal?
Unless someone tells me otherwise, I'm just going to assume that it is because a 147 grain bullet is a lot longer than a 115 grain one so more is going to stick out on former.
Is this stuff generally regarded as good ammo? I know with the XTP you generally don't get much expansion but they do penetrate pretty deep.
Chuck Taylor has written positive articles over the years on the Hornady 115 grain XTP carried in a Glock 17. I sure would not have a problem with them as a carry load.
I've never seen any chrono results for it, but the Fiocchi 115-grain Extrema XTP is by far the most accurate ammo I have put through my PF-9. Felt recoil is stronger than standard pressure 115-grain Speer Gold Dot and I have a lot of faith in this particular round although I don't carry the Kel-Tec any more.
I wouldn't be surprised if the Hornady 115-grain is also a good round, although all the company's published stats indicate their many offerings have somewhat slower velocities than other similar JHP self-defense rounds. The XTP has almost universal acclaim for accuracy and penetration, while giving up some expansion. Personally, in a light, relatively mild 9mm round I'll gladly take the penetration over the expansion. Once I confirm its reliability I'm likely to be carrying Hornady 147-grain .357sig XTP in one of my G-32 magazines.
The Fiocchi runs around $23/50-round box and another great self-defense round (one I CCW currently) is the 115-grain Federal +P+ 9BPLE, which runs around $20/box of 50.
Don't worry about the short over-all length, Hornady loads the XTP's shorter and Rem loads the GS's long.
I think you know what you need to, it's a limited expansion deep penetration, mildly loaded JHP known for excellent accuracy.
If you like the kind of expansion just about any other JHP design can give you, it's not your top choice. If you like the deepest penetration you can get out of an expanding bullet, regardless of how much or little it expands, it's right up your alley.
Both the XTP and newer designed FTX seem short in 9mm.
I've shot both and carried them with confidence.
The XTP is labeled as custom ammunition by Hornady and seemed a bit hotter
than the rather mild shooting (but superbly accurate) Flex-Tip FTX.
I think the XTP in 9mm Mak is the best load for that caliber, or at least it was at one time.
Hopefully, Hornady will release a FTX load in .357 SIG sometime soon.
The nose shape of the XTP at all wts necessitates a deeper seating to work in most guns, perfectly normal. I like the XTP design, but Hornady won't load them to +P vel & they just work better as you speed them up. BlackHills loads the 124gr @ +P, it's a very good performing round, at least in wetpack testing.
Hopefully, Hornady will release a FTX load in .357 SIG sometime soon.They already did. Its a Cabelas exclusive like the 10mm CD is. Its basically the 115gr. 9mm FTX bullet loaded into a .357sig case at less than normal .357sig velocity. I have no interest in it myself as it is a very neutered loading with a light bullet. I like the XTP far better, a much better SD bullet IMO.
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