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Old 03-25-2011, 17:43   #1
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Best round for a 9mm glock? Gold dots?

I carry 180 grain gold dots in my .40's and 230 grain in my .45's. I dont know much about 9mm ammo. Are gold dots top notch for Glock 19's? What is the heaviest grain? What do you carry in your 9mm?
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Old 03-25-2011, 17:54   #2
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I carry either Speer 124gr +P GDHP or Federal 147gr HST in my G19.
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Old 03-25-2011, 17:59   #3
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I prefer Federal Hydra-Shok (tactical if I can find it) - 124 gr., and carry a 26.
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Old 03-25-2011, 18:03   #4
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I like the Gold Dots since they are bonded, have good primers, slick cases, and feed really well. I look at them as the proven round even though there are newer sometimes better designs. I prefer the GoldDots for overall performance.

9mm Luger+p 124 grain
9mm Luger +P+ 115 grain
9mm Luger 147 grain

I am leaning towards the 147 since its heavier.
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Old 03-25-2011, 18:04   #5
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On the two way gun range I have experince with 115gr +P+ 124gr +p I now carry 127gr +P+ I have never had a problem with the 9mm but it is marginal and load dependant so for me its the hottest thing I can get in the bullet weights I mentioned.

I do not perfer the 147gr

The 115gr tend to give you shock to the body and break up causing more wound channels so more blood loss while the heavy ones penetrate more.

When it all boils down to it you must hit your target you can kill them with FMJ.

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Old 03-25-2011, 18:09   #6
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On the two way gun range I have experince with 115gr +P+ 124gr +p I now carry 127gr +P+ I have never had a problem with the 9mm but it is marginal and load dependant some for me its the hottest thing I can get in the bullet weights I mentioned.

I do not perfer the 147gr

The 115gr tend to give you shock to the body and break up causing more wound channels so more blood loss while the heavy ones penetrate more.

When it all boils down to it you must hit your target you can kill them with FMJ.
Whats the penetration comparison between these?
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Old 03-25-2011, 18:30   #7
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I find 124 gr +P to be a very good round for the 9. If you want more than this, just buy a .40 SW.
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Old 03-25-2011, 18:30   #8
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Gold Dot, HST, Ranger T in 124+P.
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Old 03-25-2011, 18:33   #9
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I like the Federal Personal Defense round. It's 135gr Hydro Shok(plenty of mass) at 1050fps so it's fast enough to expand reliably and it feeds well.
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Old 03-25-2011, 18:40   #10
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Anything bonded.. Winchester Ranger Bonded (not t-series, they are not bonded), Federal HST, or Gold Dots
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Old 03-25-2011, 18:54   #11
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Whats the penetration comparison between these?
I really do not know but the ME showed me autopsy photos and x rays I asked because I wanted to know actually and the Federal 115gr +P+ do break up. Now his said most of the light weight high velocity rounds do this.

Months later the 124-127gr penatrate deeper man thats all I know.
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Old 03-25-2011, 18:56   #12
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I carry either Speer GD, 124gr. +p, first choice or Remington Golden Saber, 124 gr. +P BONDED. Both have functioned well in my G19 and G26.
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Old 03-25-2011, 18:56   #13
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My Glock 9mms love eating Gold Dot 124gr +P JHP and I shoot them with great accuracy. Big plus is I have a lot of it at great price. There you go...

Some detail review about this cartridge tested in G19:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YcwaMwB13Gg
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Old 03-25-2011, 19:05   #14
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147Gr Gold dot tests

http://www.youtube.com/user/tnoutdoo...21/SBEEFn3nby8


124gr +P retest

http://www.youtube.com/user/tnoutdoo...31/fxJ8PIkM5_w


I am fine with with either, but I have one G19 loaded with 127Gr +P+ Rangers and the other with 147gr HSTs


147Gr HST retest

http://www.youtube.com/user/tnoutdoo...29/wY_cJEDxxEI

Ranger 127Gr +P+ Retest

http://www.youtube.com/user/tnoutdoo...28/94kAhNac024
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Anything bonded.. Winchester Ranger Bonded (not t-series, they are not bonded), Federal HST, or Gold Dots
HST is great ammo. and holds up well in hard barrier tests but it is Not Bonded.
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Old 03-25-2011, 19:36   #16
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Gold Dot 124+P, the only round I carry in my 9MM for personal defense. I've shot many into water as a test and they perform the same each time. 100% weight retention, with roughly 3/4" expansion. All of this with about the same foot pounds of energy as a 180gr., 40S&W. The 180gr. 40S&W Gold Dot has 419.9 foot pounds of energy vs. 409.8 foot pounds for the 9MM 124+P Gold Dot.
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Old 03-25-2011, 19:36   #17
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This is very subjective/argumentative. The best 9mm in HP for everyone is different. I won't say mine is better than the other and there are a few youtube videos, tests and opinions out there. With 9mm ammo getting much better in recent times. Its hard to go wrong with Speer GDHP, Win Ranger, Fed HST, Hornady CT etc. Do you want greater penetration, velocity, a bigger hole or what feeds through you gun and what you shot bests with. The 124 +P+ is too much for my girl so she goes with the heavier 147 and she is more consistent with her groups with that round.

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Old 03-25-2011, 19:41   #18
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Tarowah,

You beat me to it.

Watching that guys ammo tests on Youtube made me select the 147 grain Gold Dots! It's what I run in my 19 and 26. Real easy shooting with good results.

To the OP. Most quality BONDED stuff in 115 grain, 115+p, 115+p+, 124 grain, 124+p+, and 147 grain from Federal, Speer, or Winchester will work.

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Old 03-25-2011, 19:48   #19
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147 gr Golddots and .45acp Fed HST 230gr +p has worked well for my PD. FWIW

I think Golddots are the best all-around choice for the armed citizen. They are affordable, easy to find, bonded, and effective in all calibers.
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