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Discussion in 'Caliber Corner' started by G-34, Nov 18, 2012.

  1. G-34


    Oct 20, 2012
    North Dakota
    between a SHORT BARREL 124 grain +P gold dot and a regular 124 grain +P gold dot for a standard length barrel?

    its a silly question but ive heard so many conflicting answers

    BUT THEY ARE BOTH 124 GRAIN +P GOLD DOTS so how could there be a difference?

    forgive my newbness:faint:
  2. Kentguy


    Nov 22, 2010
    Kent, OH

    Good question.

    According to Speer - the "short barrel" ammo has powder blended for a different pressure curve, intended for subcompact guns, and the projectile has been tweaked to expand the same as the regular Gold Dot at lower velocity.

    You are suppose to obtain the same results whether you are using your G26 or your G17.

    I have never done my own tests to confirm this but that's as much as I know. Perhaps someone else can fill in the blanks here.

  3. cowboy1964


    Sep 4, 2009
    One big difference is the Short Barrel stuff costs more than twice as much. At least I've never seen the SB stuff in 50 round boxes.
    Last edited: Nov 18, 2012
  4. SCmasterblaster

    SCmasterblaster Millennium Member

    Sep 24, 1999
    Hartford, Vermont
    That's right. There are special 9mm loads intended for short-barreled pistols. The ammo manufacturers are starting to pay attention to reality.
    Last edited: Nov 19, 2012
  5. Deputydave

    Deputydave Millennium Member

    Feb 20, 1999
    Last year I spoke to one of the techs at Winchester about the PDX1 in a short barrel. He stated that the feedback they were getting was much the same as rounds in standard length barrels.
  6. Glock19Fan

    Glock19Fan Cool Guy

    Mar 25, 2003
    1. Buy 50 round box of 124+ GD.
    2. ???
    3. Profit

    Seriously though, I would recommend finding the 50 round boxes of regular Gold Dots. always has good prices on them. I bought 500 rounds, shot about 100, and carry them with CONFIDENCE. This is one of the best performing loads out there.
  7. hotpig

    hotpig IAFF Local 4766 CLM

    Winchester started the ball rolling with the T-Series ammo in 1998. Federal attempted in 2001 with a spin off of the Star Fire load renamed Hi Shock Two. Performance was lack luster so it was recalled.

    In 2004 the HST was reintroduced but did not gain popularity until the ammo shortage of 2009 when the better known rounds were not to be found.

    Finally Speer noticed a loss in market share and came out with the SB loads.
  8. SCmasterblaster

    SCmasterblaster Millennium Member

    Sep 24, 1999
    Hartford, Vermont
    Thanks for the careful analysis! :cool: