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Old 06-09-2010, 10:01   #1
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Whats the best performing ammunition out of a sub-compact 9mm?

I know there are companies making ammunition specifically intended for guns with shorter barrels, but are there standard loadings that perform equally well or better?

Specifically I'm talking a glock model 26 and would Gold dot short barrel ammo be ideal, or maybe something standard like the Ranger T, Federal HST, or COR-BON?

Any Chrono information from sub-compact models would be great.

Thanks for your input.
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Old 06-09-2010, 21:32   #2
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I'd say 124gr. +P Gold Dots.
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Old 06-10-2010, 06:39   #3
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My 124gr +P Gold Dots averaged 1211 fps through my XD 9sc.
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Old 06-10-2010, 06:51   #4
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You are going to lose only 35-50 fps/inch of barrel which is not really significant but can be made up with just about anyones +p.
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Old 06-10-2010, 08:21   #5
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My 124gr +P Gold Dots averaged 1211 fps through my XD 9sc.
At what distance was the chrono?
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Old 06-10-2010, 13:35   #6
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At what distance was the chrono?
5 yards.
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Old 06-11-2010, 09:57   #7
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You are going to lose only 35-50 fps/inch of barrel which is not really significant but can be made up with just about anyones +p.
This is more or less what I assumed, in which case +p+ would be even better I would think, but might that be just extra powder that doesn't fully burn?
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Old 06-12-2010, 08:24   #8
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I know there are companies making ammunition specifically intended for guns with shorter barrels, but are there standard loadings that perform equally well or better?

Specifically I'm talking a glock model 26 and would Gold dot short barrel ammo be ideal, or maybe something standard like the Ranger T, Federal HST, or COR-BON?

Any Chrono information from sub-compact models would be great.

Thanks for your input.
Barnes DPX bullets in Corbon ammo are supposed to perform well out of shorter barrels. Haven't tried them myself. I have used primarily HST or Hydrashocks in my subs with great results.
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Old 06-12-2010, 09:23   #9
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I use Federal HST 124 grain +P in a G26.

A 10-shot string averaged 1147 fps with an Extreme Spread of 40 fps.

Shot into gallon water jugs they expand like this:

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Old 06-12-2010, 15:08   #10
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About 15-20 years ago I made an expansion test with several then popular bullets for the 45 (as shown). I was and still am impressed with the old Black Talon and 200 gr Speer bullet. there are equals today but to me, none better.

Testing media-just plain wet phone books. Not 9mm but it just seemed like a good place to show.
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Old 06-12-2010, 15:20   #11
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About 15-20 years ago I made an expansion test with several then popular bullets for the 45 (as shown). I was and still am impressed with the old Black Talon and 200 gr Speer bullet. there are equals today but to me, none better.

Testing media-just plain wet phone books. Not 9mm but it just seemed like a good place to show.

Thanks for posting the pics! Nice info.
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Old 06-12-2010, 15:45   #12
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Good information guys, thanks.

Tyger006 thanks for the advice, I have a few DPX rounds that I carry in my BHP, maybe it'd be a good call to switch them into the 26 then I could test a mag worth and have the other half of the box to carry.
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Old 06-12-2010, 15:46   #13
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I carry Hornady CD in my sub-compact 9mm.
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Old 06-12-2010, 17:44   #14
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I use Ranger +p+ 127 grain in my G19, i bet that would be a great load in the little G26
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Old 06-12-2010, 20:15   #15
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Good information guys, thanks.

Tyger006 thanks for the advice, I have a few DPX rounds that I carry in my BHP, maybe it'd be a good call to switch them into the 26 then I could test a mag worth and have the other half of the box to carry.
No problem.

It makes some sense that a bullet designed to penetrate more than average should penetrate well despite the somewhat reduced velocity produced by the subcompact's shorter barrel. But as I said before, I have no personal experience with them.
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