Privacy guaranteed - Your email is not shared with anyone.

Welcome to Glock Forum at

Why should YOU join our forums?

  • Reason #1
  • Reason #2
  • Reason #3

Site Description

Defensive ammo for G17

Discussion in 'Caliber Corner' started by BIG BILL, Jan 14, 2010.



    Jan 8, 2010
    Greetings All, I'm new at glock talk and new for Glock. I've recently purchased a new G17 and so far have just fired range fmj ammo. I would like to hear some opinions on what works best as a defensive round i.e. no malfunctions and good stopping power. Also as for keeping mags loaded for extended periods, has Glock put out any info concerning a detrimental effect on springs.

  2. srt_dude


    Nov 9, 2008
    With today's bullet technology, just about any of the major manufacturer's 115 to 124 grain loads are acceptable. +P loads offer a better option but come with increases recoil. Hornady TAP, Remington Golden Sabre, Wincester Ranger, Speer Gold Dot and most Cor Bon loads are all proven performers. Black Hills, Fiocchi and other manufacturers all offer defensive loads also. The most important factor is to be able to put rounds on the threat with acceptable combat accuracy until it has stopped. My rule of thumb is I'll carry whatever is cheapest or hopefully, free.

  3. das9mm26


    Oct 27, 2009
    Speer 124gr. +P Gold Dots in my 17 and 19.....No problems from day 1.....
    On the range, I use an assortment....UMC/WWB/Federal (FMJ vs JHP)...
    Would LOVE to shoot GDs exclusively....but my wallet gets a hole in it really fast that way.....!!:whistling:
  4. 05FLHT


    Nov 6, 2009
    NW Illinois
    What ever ammo you have used reliably and feel comfortable with in your weapon :wavey:. All bullets make holes, some bigger, some smaller. Some people use FMJ, others want fanged face kryptonite coated sub atomic warheads.

    Whats best is subjective, and opens up one mother of a can o' worms around here. My choice is 124+P Gold Dots.
  5. In my 17 I use Speer Gold Dot 124gr.+P........Here's a link to a guy that does some very good informal bullet testing. I like them because they are bonded and feed well.

    I just bought four boxes of this stuff a couple of weeks ago.-

    from these guys- They're out of them now but keep checking back as they only post pics of what they actually have in stock.
  6. Ranger T or Federal HST in 147 or 124+p
  7. jesse2205


    Nov 15, 2009
    I would go with Federal HST 147gr+P or double tap 147gr+P
  8. Why? Just tell him to get "WWB Personal Defense" and make COM hits. That's all he needs really, right? In fact, just advise him to get WWB 115gr. FMJ because who needs JHP when "wound channels" don't equate to any relevant advantage where defensive handgun bullets are concerned. They are after all, pretty much all about the same last I heard.
  9. Joshhtn

    Joshhtn The eBay Guy Silver Member

    Mar 31, 2009
    Middle Tennessee
    In 9mm I prefer a 147 HST.
  10. The last ammo selection committee I was a part of tested both 9mm and .40 loads. In 9mm we found a number of rounds met the FBI protocol including the Gold Dot 124+P, 147, Federal HST 124 and 147, and the Federal Tactical Bonded 135 +P which is the new 9mm round of choice carried by many government agencies (LE9T5).

    I bought a case of the LE9T5 Federal Tactical Bonded 135 +P because in my opinion it performed best in our testing. The Gold Dot and HST offered better expansion characteristics in bare gel but the Federal Tactical Bonded 135 +P did the best by far through intermediate barriers. I am pleased with my ammo choice, but there are many good choices out there. It really depends on your needs. Most scenarios don't require penetration through barriers; although our situation at the office makes this a likely possibility hence the bonded tactical choice.
  11. jesse2205


    Nov 15, 2009
    Good Advise!! :wow:
  12. Defense Solutions

    Defense Solutions

    Jan 13, 2010
    Gold Dots are in fact not really bonded. They are actually "clad" and then "formed". Hence, they're affordable and work very well indeed.
  13. JBP55


    Mar 4, 2007
    Gold Dot, HST, Ranger T or Golden Saber in 124 or 147. Make sure they work in your gun. They all work in every Glock I have owned.
  14. So when they are "formed", they aren't really bonded. They're "mated?" "Brought together" perhaps? In a civil union of metals but not by holy matrimony? This is curious indeed and you now have my COMPLETE attention as to the science of Gold Dot bullets not really being bonded. Please expand at your leisure.
  15. Merkavaboy

    Merkavaboy Code-7A KUZ769

    I think you need to do a little more research.

    CCI/Speer was the first to design a bonded SD handgun bullet; before Remington's Golden Saber Bonded and before Winchester's Ranger Bonded and PDX1.

    The Gold Dot starts with a lead slug (core) and the copper matrix is electro-chemically bonded to the entire surface to a specific thickness onto the lead slug and then a special die punches through the meplat of the bullet to form the hollow point cavity. It is not "clad" like many cheap plated bullets that have been made for reloaders or like the old Winchester copper colored Lubaloy coating.
  16. H&K 4 LIFE

    H&K 4 LIFE Leonum A Ignis

    Jan 27, 2009
  17. Defense Solutions

    Defense Solutions

    Jan 13, 2010
    Bonded...generally refers to a metal cup being glued (bonded) to a lead (or similar) core. The process used for the GD is more like plating ... thus there really is no "seperate" cup that can seperate. They are excellent bullets, with a very good reputation. Yes, they are not the typical plated "cheapies".
  18. jesse2205


    Nov 15, 2009
    What??? :shocked:
  19. I'm not the one that initially put this notion forth.
  20. Glued or plated with "Uni-Cor" jacket bonding, it's bonded.