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Getting ready to order some ammo --115 or 124 gr.?

Discussion in 'Caliber Corner' started by stashu, Nov 20, 2011.

  1. stashu


    Apr 11, 2010
    I know this has been beaten to death but, for a Glock 26 short barrel which is better for SD 115 gr or 124 grain regular or +P?

    Average SD range 6-10 ft????

    I have planned on getting some Black Hills ammo 115gr EXP ammo. Price is great at 33.00 for 50 rounds vs. others

    Black Hills 9mm choices

    115 Gr. EXP (Extra Power) HP
    Velocity 1150 FPS
    Energy 363 Ft. Lbs.

    124 Gr. Jacketed Hollow Point
    Velocity 1150 FPS
    Engergy 363 Ft. Lbs.

    [FONT=&quot]124 Gr. Jacketed Hollow Point +P[/FONT][FONT=&quot]
    Velocity 1250 FPS
    Energy 430 Ft. Lbs.

    Looks like the 124gr +P has the most KICK but is it controllable w/follow ups shots as compared to the others?[/FONT]


    Last edited: Nov 20, 2011
  2. IMHO, at those close ranges, there isn't enough difference to worry about.

    But a heavier bullet with a higher velocity gives you more of everything, so I'd pick the 124g +P of those choices, if all other factors being equal.

  3. K.Kiser


    Jan 23, 2010
    Shreveport, La.
    I don't think it will make a discerable difference, but I when undecided on bullet weight I tend to go to the heavier option in the situation where maybe a little bit more penetration might be needed but this is thoeretical and splitting hairs that may not really be there.. As long as both will feed well in you pistol (I'm sure they will) and they reach their intended location, the odds will weight heavily in your favor with either one...
  4. Lindenwood


    Oct 27, 2011
    I don't really mess with small guns ( ;-) ), so I haven't done too much research into terminal ballistics with them. So, while I will almost always recommend 147gr options, the velocity reduction will likely limit expansion so much. Thus, the 124gr+P will probably be your best option. In general, 115s perform the worst of the 9mm options using modern ammo. They were only originally popular because they were the only ones that could be pushed fast enough for reliable expansion. With modern bullet technology (thanks to computer modeling, more stringent testing, and minimum penetration requirements), bullets will essentially always expand unless plugged up with something like wood or drywall. And, at least from standard-length barrels, you can get almost the same expansion from a heavier bullet, but more penetration. I prefer to err on the side of caution and go with greater penetration, so I actually load 147gr bullets with limited expansion (XTPs typically don't go larger than .6", and often stay smaller, but penetrate to a good 16-18").

  5. legion3


    Mar 31, 2000
    Parrish FL
    With the exception of the corbon DPX (which is the barnes bullet mentioned by Linderwood) 115 Grain, I prefer the 124 - 127 range ammo, with some 147 choices as well.

    The DPX is a light bullet that acts like a heavy bullet. But it is costly.

    I like the Ranger 127 +P+ but that's me. So the 124 offerings would be my choice. For practice too. The only 124 that lets me come close to the ranger 127 is Nato or European loaded 124 so I practice with that, but again that's me.
  6. j-glock22


    Sep 20, 2001
    Central Ohio
    The 26's barrel is marely a 1/2 inch shorter than the 19, a 124gr +p is a sufficient and fine choice. The kick is pretty much the same. I shot 124gr +p golddots thru the 26 and it feels good...

    At the distance range you are asking about, any 115 or 124 should be a good choice for you...
  7. Beretta92guy


    Nov 15, 2011
    all the above mentioned are good loads....

    just for the record, i load my CCW piece, Glock 26 with the Federal "Border Patrol" load....115 grain +p+.......this load was developed for the Indiana State Police and the US Border patrol years ago and has an excellent record for putting down bad-guys.....

    SGAMMO.COM is where i got them for about twenty bucks a box...great company and fast shipping..
  8. NMGlock79


    Oct 28, 2011
    Hong Kong
    Dont overthink it, get a 124 grain +p load, fire off a box to make sure your gun likes it and call it a day. I use speer gold dot 124g +p, and remington golden saber 124g +p as my usual go to loads, all things being equal, I think those rounds are both great and equal to each other.

    147 grain bullets are cool, so are 115g ones, but for everyday go to rounds, Those first two mentioned are my pics.

    For my job, we are aloud to select our ammo, almost all the guys use one of those two rounds, never had an issue.
  9. Redstate


    May 17, 2011
    I'm not saying it is the best (or for that matter that it isn't); however, I have been partial to Speer GD 124+p out of my G26 for years.
  10. Ahmid

    Ahmid CLM

    Feb 6, 2007
    At that range any one of the cartridges you mentioned would be good. My own preference is a 147 grain hollow point. I seem to shoot the 147 the best...
  11. Lindenwood


    Oct 27, 2011
    Out of curiosity, how have we determined that they all perform the same at short ranges? It isn't like 147gr loads are for 50 yards only. They are all designed for close SD ranges. The 124 and 147gr loads just perform more consistently.

    If I'm defending myself from a 300lb guy turning his torso to the side to take a swing at me with a chain, I want to make sure my bullets can make it through through his 6"-thick bicep, and 8" of muscle / fat / ribs in his torso, and still punch a hole through his heart / aorta. Few 115gr bullets are designed do that. In fact, most loads designed for 12" of penetration in mind won't do that. This is why I'd never recommend bullets that don't consistently penetrate to at least 14-15" in gel / flesh. Though again, the 147gr XTPs seem to do 16"+ pretty consistently.

    Again, I prefer and recommend erring on the side of caution with more penetration. A bullet that doesn't make it to the vitals is as physiologically effective, in the short term, as a punch to the face. They might submit and fall down from the pain / fair / surprise, but they might keep coming until they bleed out 5 minutes later.
    Last edited: Nov 20, 2011
  12. redbrd


    Sep 20, 2005
    I prefer the heavier 124gr, but not sure it matters. I started using the heavier bullet weight as result of poor performance on steel (reactive targets). It didn't matter so I reverted back to .45 for that.
  13. HGxyz


    Apr 12, 2010
    Washington State
    Won't add to never ending discusion of what's the better or best round, but $33/50 is not a great price, if that is a concern. You can get good hollow point ammo for half that (and therefore practice with it twice as much).
  14. Doc8404

    Doc8404 Master Chief

    Jan 2, 2011
    central NY
    124+P in my opinion. I use Remington Golden Sabers....appear to be even better than their HD version.
  15. C0untZer0


    May 16, 2011
    Most of the 147gr offerings out there are better than either the 115 or 124 in terms of penetration and expansion.

    If you look at Winchester's Ranger T line for instance, the RA8124TP - 9mm +P, 124GR @ 1180 fps penetrates to around 12.2" and expands to .70"

    The RA9T 9mm, 147gr @ 990fps penetrates to around 13.9" and expands to .65".

    That extra inch of penetration may not matter, or it may be the difference in reaching vital tissue on a cross shot. The .05" of expansion probably will not make a difference in knicking some vital blood vessel...

    But anyway... the comparisions are similar for most FMJ in 147 v 124 whether you're looking at HST, Golden Sabre or whatever.

    I know the Federal 115gr 9BPLE built a reputation with the Illinois State Police as being a man-stopper. In tests it penetrates to around 12.5" and expanded to .68"

    I just think the quality 147gr rounds are slightly better.

    The DPX - as mentioned, is a different kind of round.
  16. JBP55


    Mar 4, 2007
    These three 124+P HST, Gold Dot, Ranger T are good choices in any 9mm Glock.
  17. I've found that most quality 9mm HP ammo is ~$30 for 50 + shipping.
  18. BIG-DOG


    Mar 24, 2010
    Check out the Ranger 147gr ( RA9T) I did some expansion tests with water jugs and denim out of a 26, The expansion was excellent.
  19. FLSlim


    Apr 12, 2010
    FL W Coast
    My preference is Rem Golden Sabers in 147 gr. That is because it is extremely accurate and reliable out of my G26, plus it has minimal muzzle flip allowing faster 2nd shots. IMO, the bottom line for you should be what shoots best and what do you have most confidence in with your SD weapon. It isn't cheap, but think about trying several different JHP weights/configurations and see what seems to work best for you.
  20. IB Slingin

    IB Slingin

    Nov 7, 2010
    Speer Gold Dot 124 +P in my G26 for carry

    Federal HST 147 in my G19 for home
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