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What 9mm round is the best for barrier penetration such as car doors, wood, auto glass? Would a +p round be any more beneficial?


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Don't have any specific data or source reflecting this opinion, but I would say a 147gr bullet (+P) would be preferable.
 
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Don't have any specific data or source reflecting this opinion, but I would say a 147gr bullet (+P) would be preferable.


Hollow point, ball?


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Experiments have demonstrated that hollow point handgun bullets perforate windshield glass better than FMJ. The former tend to deform to the glass surface rather than glancing off as can sometimes (not always, of course) FMJ.

It’s an interesting commentary on the spread of the idiotic “all handgun cartridges perform the same” notion that we would even wonder for a second if more power was better for penetration, but yes, +P would be better. That assumes, of course, that the +P rating actually means more power; it doesn’t always. A couple of loads in which it does are the Gold Dot 124 grain +P and the Winchester Ranger 127 grain +P+ load.

I haven’t performed any windshield or auto sheet metal penetration experiments with 9mm, but in 357 SIG, Gold Dot bullets went through windshields far better with much less point of aim to point of impact deviation than 45 ACP FMJ. I suspect that Gold Dot or another bonded bullet design would be best in 9mm as well. I would look at kinetic energy figures, but I would probably avoid 115 grain loads for the purpose.

And FWIW, when a full power 357 SIG load from a 4.4" P226 does not perforate auto sheet metal very well, no 9mm load will do any better.




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I'd check out the ballistic data on the ATK LE website. The FBI protocol tests might be useful, particularly the auto glass and sheet metal tests.. You can also look up Dr Roberts comments on line.
 
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