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What's in your carry piece

Discussion in 'Caliber Corner' started by TriggerFinger, Nov 22, 2011.

  1. TriggerFinger


    May 26, 2010
    What do you choose to load your carry piece with and why?

    I'm sure the caliber will also be debated here, hence this section.

    I like the 230gr .45acp in a +p form. I like the heavy/fast bullet flying out at a bad guy.
  2. Merkavaboy

    Merkavaboy Code-7A KUZ769

    9mm Federal 115JHP+P+ (9BPLE).

    Why? Because it has three decades of street proven, fight stoppin' ability.

  3. cowboy1964


    Sep 4, 2009
    Uh, sounds like you JUST want a caliber debate. You didn't even mention what brand of ammo you use.
  4. Kalmah

    Kalmah Supreme Member

    Feb 22, 2006
    9mm CCW: Winchester 147gr Ranger-T (RA9T). Why? Because I found it at an awesome price and now have a lot of it on hand.

    .40 nightstand gun: 180gr Ranger-T (RA40T). Why? It was the cheapest and easiest to find of the major, street proven JHP rounds (Rangers, Gold Dots, HST).

    .45 CCW: 230gr Ranger-T (RA45T). Why? Same as the .40.
  5. NH Trucker

    NH Trucker Needs coffee...

    May 4, 2009
    Concord, NH
    14 rounds of Federal Hydrashock 185+p .45 in a Glock 21sf
  6. collim1

    collim1 Shower Time!

    Mar 14, 2005
    HD gun: P220 with Streamlight TLR-1 .45acp loaded with 230g Gold Dots
    CCW gun: P239 9mm loaded with 147g Gold Dots
    Duty gun: P226 .40sw loaded with 165g Gold Dots
    BUG: 442 .38spl loaded with 135g+P Gold Dot short barrel
    Hunting camp gun: SW Model 10-6 4" .38spl K-frame loaded with 125g+P Gold Dots.

    I generally prefer standard pressure heaviest load for the caliber, but my dept mandates the 165g load in .40 and the short barrel load is supposed to be one of the best out of a snubby and it is only offered in 135g+P.

    I also keep some Winchester Ranger RA45T on hand I found a good deal on it on and picked up a few boxes. It is not my preferred load, but it is a great load and at the time I got 50rd boxes for under $30 each shipped.

    I like the Gold Dot and think it is a good round, but the main reason I carry it is my agency issues Gold Dots for free in .38, 9mm, and .40 any other calibers and its up to you provide the ammo.

    I also keep some of the 158g+P LSWCHP "FBI" load in .38spl, but generally carry the Gold Dots.

    And as far as caliber goes I am not a fanboy of any certain caliber. IMO any quality load .38spl or above will do the job.
    Last edited: Nov 22, 2011
  7. collim1

    collim1 Shower Time!

    Mar 14, 2005
    Wow! Is that a .44spl load?
  8. glockman97420


    Jan 22, 2003
  9. racer88

    racer88 NRA & SAF mbr

    Oct 14, 2009
    You said "carry," so I assume you are referring to CCW / EDC.

    Glock 27 (CBST holster) with 165-gr HST or Ranger T-series. Spare mag with same in weakside front pocket in DeSantis "Mag Packer" holster

    I figure best "compromise" for concealability, capacity, and power.

    Your mileage may vary.
  10. collim1

    collim1 Shower Time!

    Mar 14, 2005
  11. CanyonMan

    CanyonMan In The Saddle

    Jul 26, 2002
    M1911 45acp 230gr FMJFP, or WW 230gr PDX1's, Or 230gr Hornady TAP FPD.
    Also am really warming up to my G36 with my handloads of 230gr XTP @ 900FPS. What a cool little 45 this is. Got over 1400 rds through it and it is so dang light I am begining to carry it 'in town' quite a bit.

    Got to admit one more thing I never thought I'd say or do, over my beloved 45's. I am growing real fond of my G29 loaded with my hand loads of 200gr XTP and 10.5 grs BD. Only down side there (for me) is it feels like a brick to carry. I don't like the 'chuncky feel of the slide', but no real biggie. I am not sure it will never replace the 45's, but I have been 'sneaking him out' lately while the 45's are watchin... :supergrin:

    Good shooting

    Last edited: Nov 23, 2011
  12. 9mm +p+

    9mm +p+

    Mar 1, 2005
    Old Dominion
    Glock 19, Winchester Ranger T 127 +p+. Glock 21 Ranger 230.
  13. Beretta92guy


    Nov 15, 2011
    ^^^THIS +1

    its what is in my carry Glock 26 and Beretta 92fs
  14. TriggerFinger


    May 26, 2010
    Not caring for a caliber debate, but it may happen.

    I don't have any specific brand I like. Right now I have Winchester Rangers, but it's the weight that I prefer in this caliber; the combo of a +p with 230gr I don't like the heaviest in a smaller caliber. In a nine, I like to go with 124gr but doesn't have to be in +p or more for me in that caliber
  15. cadillacguns

    cadillacguns Millennium Member

    Jan 20, 1999
    Indianapolis, IN USA
    G-23/27 Speer GDHP 180 gr of Forty loving, in the car a G-26 w 124 Gr Speer sweet 9 +p GDHP.
  16. ancient_serpent


    Jun 6, 2008
    Pro CDP II and Kimber Warrior: 230gr Speer Gold Dot
    Glock 19: 124 gr Speer Gold Dot
  17. Warp


    Jul 31, 2005
    My carry guns are loaded with Speer Gold Dot

    135+P, 124+P and 230. Only the .357 does not have Gold Dot, but rather an all copper Barnes bullet
    Last edited: Nov 23, 2011
  18. barth

    barth six barrels

    Oct 7, 2011
    The Free Zone
    Years ago you could have a spirited debate on caliber.
    Particularly in short barreled SD guns.
    Today, with new high tech ammo, not so much - LOL!

    9mm/357 sig/40/45/357 mag/10mm take your bloody pick LOL!

    With the best Speer/Winchester/Federal...
    I'm not going to name them all
    ammo, in just about any SD weight,+P or not, and you're good to go!

    I think it's a lot more important to find out what platform and caliber YOU
    are most comfortable and proficient with.

    As for my personal preference?
    I carry a G27 with 2 G22/15 round mags full of -
    Speer GDHP 155 Duty ammo.
    This stuff is bonded and runs about 1150 fps/450 E out of the short barrel.
    If I can't finish the fight with 40 rounds, then I'm forced to whip out the Spyderco and carve up some turkey
    Last edited: Nov 23, 2011