Best SD 9mm short barrel round

Discussion in 'Caliber Corner' started by Bilbo Bagins, Sep 20, 2012.

  1. Bilbo Bagins

    Bilbo Bagins Slacked jawed

    I seem to be carrying pocket guns more and more, and right now I have Ruger LC9 and I will be getting a Kahr CM9 in the near future.

    That said anyone know what self defense round is good out of a short 3" barreled 9mm. I like to avoid +p+ and +p because of the wear and tear on those lightweight guns.

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  3. hotpig

    hotpig IAFF Local 4766

    We are living in the good old days so far as the number and type defensive ammo choices available.

    The big three all have suitable options for the pocket pistol.Starting with the first from Winchester the T-Series offers a large window of velocities that it will work under.In other words the 147gr offering will work in your pistols. So will the 124+P, you will not really be losing anything except velocity faster compared to the 147. For the purest the design does not have the color but still retains the sharp talons made famous by the Black Talon.

    Federal HST again suitable in all bullet weights. Originally designed to replace their Hi Shock ammo but morphed into the restricted sale Tactical Line descendant of Eldorado's Star Fire that is pretty tough and offers robust expansion.

    Speer Gold Dot SB the last of the big three to offer something for the pocket pistol. It retains everything good about the regular GB only tuned to work from SB pistols.

    If you try several of these you guns will actually decide what is best for them.

    #2 hotpig, Sep 20, 2012
    Last edited: Oct 1, 2012
  4. Here's some chrono data from my Shield:

    Hornady 147gr TAP: average fps-910. ft/lbs energy-270
    Federal 124gr HST: average fps-1029. ft/lbs energy-291
    Federal 124gr HST +p: average fps-1070. ft/lbs energy-320
    Winchester 115gr Ranger: average fps 1020. ft/lbs energy-266

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    #3 plouffedaddy, Sep 20, 2012
    Last edited: Sep 20, 2012
  5. hotpig,

    Would you happen to know what the lower velocity limit for expansion in the RA9T is?
  6. Kalmah

    Kalmah Supreme Member

    Unless you plan on using it for practice ammo, an occasional diet of +P isn't going to cause any excessive wear and tear on either of those pistols. A few boxes to test reliability, and then a few more rounds downrange a few times a year to burn through old carry ammo so it can be replaced with fresh won't hurt a thing.

    I've been using +P like that in my PM9 for years.
    #5 Kalmah, Sep 20, 2012
    Last edited: Sep 20, 2012
  7. FatBoy

    Millennium Member

    I would go w/ Speer short barrel Gold Dot 124+p, if you are adverse to that, try the 147 HST(if you can find it).
  8. hotpig

    hotpig IAFF Local 4766

    Officially 890fps
  9. SCmasterblaster

    Millennium Member

    Try the CorBon ammo in 9mm +p. Their 115gr load does 1200 FPS in the LC9.
  10. WiskyT

    WiskyT Malcontent

    #9 WiskyT, Sep 20, 2012
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  11. Thanks! :)
  12. SCmasterblaster

    Millennium Member

    pushes a 115gr JHP bullet at 1400 FPS out of my G17. :shocked:
  13. What anything does out of a G17 is completely irrelevant to this thread.

    OP: I ended up with 147gr HST for my P938. Being that it will open at the lower velocities with good penetration sealed it for me.
  14. SCmasterblaster

    Millennium Member

    I just offered it as a reference point. It has a 4.5-inch barrel - not the longest or the shortest barrel.
  15. Warp


    I really like 124gr +P Speer Gold Dots for my Glock 26. Currently it is loaded with RA9TA and I have also carried RA9T, and Federal HST. Pick one.

    I mostly prefer the Gold Dots though
  16. SCmasterblaster

    Millennium Member

    I never saw a difference between the 115gr and 124gr loads. I mean, it us only a nine-grain difference - 8%. Now if the debate was between 115gr and 147gr, then there would be grounds for debate - a 32gr difference is far bigger than 9gr.
  17. Warp


    What did you do with them for the comparison?
    #16 Warp, Oct 1, 2012
    Last edited: Oct 1, 2012
  18. ^^he used mathematics... LoLz
  19. SCmasterblaster

    Millennium Member

    I don't understand your question. I was just saying that there is not much difference between the 115gr and 124gr JHPs - only 9 grains. The velocity difference is likely less than 100 FPS.
  20. Bilbo Bagins,

    Lots of good choices mentioned here and all would certainly provide you with more than adequate self protection out of a small(er) pistol.

    I carry a 9mm G26 (3.43" barrel) just a bit larger than the ones you mentioned. I have been and still do carry the Hornady 124g XTP HP loads. I have clocked these at 1,058.2 fps, nice round easy to control and over the past few years have practiced enough with this round that I am familiar with it and comfortable carrying it for my EDC round.
    #19 Kentguy, Oct 2, 2012
    Last edited: Oct 2, 2012
  21. Warp


    Terminal performance isn't measured in grains.

    Also, we are talking "short barrels" here. 4.5" barrels need not apply.
    #20 Warp, Oct 2, 2012
    Last edited: Oct 2, 2012

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