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9mm guys... Point me to your favorite 9mm loads for defense

Discussion in 'Caliber Corner' started by H&K .45 AUTO, Sep 27, 2008.

  1. H&K .45 AUTO

    H&K .45 AUTO 10-42

    Aug 4, 2005
    Kansas City, MO
    Hey everyone... I'm not new to shooting, or carrying as I've had guns for 20 years and been a cop for 7. The thing is that I've always been into 10mm, .357 SIG, and .45 ACP.

    I recently traded my way into a 9mm Sig SP2022 and I really like this pistol. I am however, completely clueless with regard to what the good defensive loads are in 9mm these days. Please point me in the general direction of your favorite loads in this caliber.

    I'm not so much looking for a "which load is best" type of thing. I'm more interested in what the cool kids are shooting in 9mm these days...Hahaha!
  2. Clem Eastwood

    Clem Eastwood

    Mar 7, 2004
    DFW, TX
    ive seen the RA9T load work and its very effective. it my carry load in my USPc. the only real reason i use that instead of some of the others is because the 147s generally reach there velocity window more consistently in short barrels then some of the lighter loads.

    there are lots of good loads out there. i wouldnt hesitate to use any of the following

    Gold Dot 124 (in std vel, +p, or shortbarrel +p)
    Gold Dot 147
    HST 124 (or +p)
    HST 147 (or +p)
    Golden Sabre 124 +p
    Golden Sabre 147

  3. JimBianchi

    JimBianchi Da Da CLM

    Feb 15, 2006
    Las Vegas
    The the GOld Dot bullets.

    Double love in a Double Tap 124+p load.

    HST 147g is also up there.

    Can't beat either for 9mm.

    I'd bet my life on it. (And I do)
  4. BrokenArrow

    BrokenArrow Millennium Member

    Aug 11, 1999
    Lost In Space
    DOJ (FBI, DEA, USMS, ATF, etc) buys 147 Ranger bonded.

    DHS (ICE, CBP, etc) buys 124/124 +P Golden Saber/Gold Dot/HST

    NYPD uses Speer 124 +P Gold Dot

    LAPD/LASO uses Win 147 Ranger T
    Last edited: Sep 27, 2008
  5. TWS G26

    TWS G26

    Dec 29, 2000
    Middle Tennessee
    Federal HST 124 +P and 147gr
    Speer Gold Dot 124 +P and 147gr
    Winchester Ranger 127 +P+

    Remington Golden Saber Bonded 124 +P is good as well.

    FWIW, I carry a G19.
  6. J.P.

    J.P. Intergalactic

    Apr 6, 2002
    Remington Golden Saber 147gr & 124gr+p (and bonded versions)
    Hornady TAP fpd 147gr &124gr
    Speer Gold Dot 147gr & Double Tap's +p version of the same.
    Winchester Ranger T series 127gr+p+
    Federal Tactical Bonded 135gr+p
    Federal HST 147gr
  7. ponykilr

    ponykilr Off The Porch

    Feb 1, 2003
    Smithfield NC

    Clem said it well. Any rangerT load will perform great for you. I think the 147's are the most consistant performers, but the 127+p+ (RA9TA)load is great too and is flatter shooting.
  8. H&K .45 AUTO

    H&K .45 AUTO 10-42

    Aug 4, 2005
    Kansas City, MO
    Okay... So, am I to understand that the 147 grain and 124 grain loads seem to be the fan favorites? Odd... It seems like I remember folks advising AGAINST the 147's back in the day. Perhaps I'm mistaken, or my how times have changed.

    Anyway, I've been using DoubleTap 125 grain GoldDot's exclusively in my .357 SIG's and some of their various offerings in my 10 mm's for several years. I have used some of the Winchester Rangers in both .45 ACP and .357 SIG, so I might start there.

    From the looks of it, I can't go wrong with the Ranger T series or the Speer GoldDot offerings. I'll have to pick up some various loads and see what the SigPro likes. With ammo costs being where they are... This 9mm is a welcomed addition to my home.
  9. ponykilr

    ponykilr Off The Porch

    Feb 1, 2003
    Smithfield NC
    The 147's were not great perfrmers back when JHPs were just getting into the mainstream. Technology has evolved the heavy for caliber loads into very consistant loads. They are not flashy, don't offer the high energy numbers or velocitys of the light 115s, but work every time in all the test media(including humans :)
  10. Broylz


    Jul 17, 2007
    Middle Tennessee
    i use either golddots or Hornady TAPs in 124+P varieties. i carry the TAPs now in 9 and 40. any good hollowpoint from a reputable manufacturer should do well, Rangers, Hi-Shocks, use the DT loads if you want to get closer to the larger calibers you are used to.
  11. ive been a 9mm guy or hell-n-ever....

    9mm 147 grain HST's, IMHO are the best out there for civilian s.d.
  12. cole

    cole Millennium Member

    Dec 25, 1999
    Poll: Your Preferred Caliber + Weight Combo for SD
  13. JBP55


    Mar 4, 2007
    HST,Ranger T, Gold Dot or Golden Saber in 147,127,124.
  14. tbhracing

    tbhracing Senior Member

    Apr 3, 2005

    -Practice/Range- 9mm, 115 grain. I use both MagTech and PMC.

    -SD/HD- 9mm, 124 grain, Remington Golden Saber JHP
  15. Coffee Dog

    Coffee Dog

    Feb 12, 2007
    East Coast
    I use the Winchester Ranger 127+P+---this round is used successfully by LEO and has an excellent street proven record.
  16. Ak.Hiker


    Feb 8, 2005
    Homer Alaska
    Looking at the expansion and penetration numbers for the DT loads with the Gold Dot bullets it would be interesting to see the numbers if they were to load the 125 grain bullet designed for the higher velocities of the Sig. If I was going to trust my life to a Gold Dot bullet running faster than the Speer factory loads I would go with the 147 grain loading. When I carried a 9mm for protection I liked the Speer 124 grain Gold Dot+P. Now days I would look at one of the 147's or stick with the Speer load.
  17. Coffee Dog

    Coffee Dog

    Feb 12, 2007
    East Coast
    Last edited: Jul 25, 2010