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Ammo choices help!

Discussion in 'The Bull Dawgs Club' started by legion3, Aug 28, 2010.

  1. legion3


    Mar 31, 2000
    Parrish FL
    I need the opinion of the GAPers.

    I have all three models,
    of the following SD choices what would you choose and what specifically would you use in the G39?

    Speer GD 200 Gr
    Speer GD 185 Gr
    Federal 230 Gr Hydra Shok

    All of these rounds I have found in decent quantitiy.

    What about Corbon DPX?

    I would like to use HST 230 grains but for current nad maybe for some time they are just not available anywhere and who knows if they will be. Same with Ranger T seems to be history.
  2. DannyR

    DannyR Moderator Millennium Member

    Dec 17, 1998
    Roanoke, Virginia
    I think the Speer 200-gr Gold Dot is the best all around choice. My G39 carries them.

  3. dbarry

    dbarry Silver Member

    Feb 15, 2010
    the Buckeye state
    200gr GD +1
  4. jeffreybehr

    jeffreybehr Silver Member

    Mar 14, 2009
    Phoenix, AZ USA
    I like lighter bullets travelling faster, and I carried the 185GDs when I carried a G38.
  5. BOGE

    BOGE Millennium Member

    Mar 21, 1999
    When I had a G39 I CCW'd Double Tap 200 gr. Gold Dots which gave the same velocity as the regular Speer GD in the G38 barrel length.
  6. legion3


    Mar 31, 2000
    Parrish FL
    Ok so the 200 GD's are the choice, Its what I currently have in my G39 and will remain so. My next question is, then do the 185 GD's have any real purpose? Would you use them say in the g37 for greater velocity?

    Also does anyone have any opinions on the DPX? 160 Grain bullet.

    The DPX seems like it is a pretty good round in many calibers any reason not to use it in a G39? Other than cost!

    Do the hydra shoks suck? This was by far the most common ammo in my area.
  7. Russell Lang

    Russell Lang

    Jun 2, 2003
    If you have faith in the Marshall-Sanow One-Shot Stopping numbers, the 230 gr Hydra-shok in the 45 ACP is either #1 or #2 with the results on the street with actual use, depending on barrel length. Since the 45 GAP uses the same bullet at the same velocity, the results "should" be the same.

    While I prefer the heavy bullet(too many years of 45 ACP) I find the 200 gr bullet does give me faster second shot times, and will serve quite well for my purposes.

    p.s.- not trying to start a debate on Marshall-Sanow, since most people only look at the charts and don't read the whole book(3 books really). I think most of us can agree that where you put the bullet is more important than what bullet you use.
  8. fasteddie565

    fasteddie565 Combat Diver


    This is what I carry in my G 38 and 37.

    I carry the same projectile in 45 ACP in my G 36, which is on sabbatical as well as my Kimber Tactical Custom Pro.

    Whichever you choose, make sure it is a bonded bullet. I believe the Speer bullets are all bonded, the Hydra Shock is not.
    Last edited: Aug 30, 2010