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Whats the best performing ammunition out of a sub-compact 9mm?

Discussion in 'Caliber Corner' started by LEAD, Jun 9, 2010.


  1. LEAD

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    I know there are companies making ammunition specifically intended for guns with shorter barrels, but are there standard loadings that perform equally well or better?

    Specifically I'm talking a glock model 26 and would Gold dot short barrel ammo be ideal, or maybe something standard like the Ranger T, Federal HST, or COR-BON?

    Any Chrono information from sub-compact models would be great.

    Thanks for your input.
     

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  2. Cajun Man

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    I'd say 124gr. +P Gold Dots.
     

  3. BadAndy

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    My 124gr +P Gold Dots averaged 1211 fps through my XD 9sc.
     
  4. beforeobamabans

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    You are going to lose only 35-50 fps/inch of barrel which is not really significant but can be made up with just about anyones +p.
     
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    At what distance was the chrono?
     
  6. BadAndy

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    5 yards.
     
  7. LEAD

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    This is more or less what I assumed, in which case +p+ would be even better I would think, but might that be just extra powder that doesn't fully burn?
     
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    Barnes DPX bullets in Corbon ammo are supposed to perform well out of shorter barrels. Haven't tried them myself. I have used primarily HST or Hydrashocks in my subs with great results.
     
  9. dougader

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    I use Federal HST 124 grain +P in a G26.

    A 10-shot string averaged 1147 fps with an Extreme Spread of 40 fps.

    Shot into gallon water jugs they expand like this:

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  10. ColCol

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    About 15-20 years ago I made an expansion test with several then popular bullets for the 45 (as shown). I was and still am impressed with the old Black Talon and 200 gr Speer bullet. there are equals today but to me, none better.

    Testing media-just plain wet phone books. Not 9mm but it just seemed like a good place to show.
     
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    Thanks for posting the pics! Nice info.
     
  12. LEAD

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    Good information guys, thanks.

    Tyger006 thanks for the advice, I have a few DPX rounds that I carry in my BHP, maybe it'd be a good call to switch them into the 26 then I could test a mag worth and have the other half of the box to carry.
     
  13. jdavionic

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    I carry Hornady CD in my sub-compact 9mm.
     
  14. glocknbruce

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    I use Ranger +p+ 127 grain in my G19, i bet that would be a great load in the little G26
     
  15. tyger006

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    No problem.

    It makes some sense that a bullet designed to penetrate more than average should penetrate well despite the somewhat reduced velocity produced by the subcompact's shorter barrel. But as I said before, I have no personal experience with them.