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Just curious as to what forum members are using for 9mm self defense. I have a 365 for EDC and have been using store-bought Hornady.
 
Posts: 14 | Location: Maine | Registered: September 18, 2008Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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I use store bought, usually Gold Dots.

It's the only ammo I shoot and don't reload other than rimfire.
 
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Federal 124 gr HST in my 365.


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Posts: 861 | Location: Rural Virginia - USA | Registered: May 14, 2002Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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I use Federal 124gr HST in my P365. I use Speer Golddot 124gr +p in my Glock 19/17 and have Federal 124gr +p HST ammo that has been verified reliable and on hand. I also have and store Federal 147gr HST ammo if for some reason I would want to choose that flavor.

My own personal experience with the P365 is that I shoot the non +p variants faster and more accurately than the +p ammo. In the bigger guns like the G19 or P320 I do not notice as much of a difference between the normal and +p variants. I have been carrying the Glock 19 since sometime last summer when the commie revolutionists started burning down cities. I have moved to an XL frame on my P365 and may try out the +p ammo to see if the slightly larger grip frame helps with speed and accuracy. I plan to start carrying the P365 again as the weather warms.


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I carry either Gold Dots or HST in my Shield and Glock, both in 124gr and standard velocity. I may try to lay in some 147gr HST for when I get my pistol can in a few months.
 
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Speer Gold Dot 124gr +p jhp in my 365XL.

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Retired cop here, I carry the same ammo I was issued, Speer gold dots. In any caliber that’s what I carry for self defense.

I’ve used them, I know they work, and the cops wouldn’t be using any kind of exotic ammo and open themselves up to lawsuits.

Ask your local departments, what they carry and go with that.



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Retired cop here, I carry the same ammo I was issued, Speer gold dots. In any caliber that’s what I carry for self defense...I’ve used them, I know they work, and the cops wouldn’t be using any kind of exotic ammo and open themselves up to lawsuits...Ask your local departments, what they carry and go with that.
Damned good advice...Rod


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I don’t worry about the factory or hand loaded ammo in a SD gun. I also consider myself a ‘low probability’ user. Yes, I realize things could change.

I have a fair amount of 124 grain Hornady bullets loaded with H Universal powder, they cycle & shoot fine. I bought some Underwood ammo a while back on sale, loaded with the copper Lehigh Defense bullets. Just with a little testing they show great penetration, as reviews portray.
 
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I favor the heavy end of the spectrum when it comes to defensive 9mm ammo. 147 or 135 grain for me.
 
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How times change. There was an entire era where we were taught to never even consider a reload for self defense because some crooked prosecutor would suggest we were using atomic ammo that would kill someone with even a close miss. No more, you're lucky to even find any in your chosen caliber in an entire day of searching. Go out and about any you'll see there isn't even a single box or 9mm to be found. Of course components aren't much better. Try finding primers some time.

So its pretty much a question of what you have or what you can find. The practical solution is to train with handloads but carry factory ammo. Well, you still need to be sure they perform the same. Burns ammo.

If you have a brand/style of ammo you like, don't shoot it all up. Simple idea. But fools will still shoot up their supply, then lament the fact they can't find any to replace it. OK, they probably voted wrong in the last presidential election, too. And don't see any connection.

So if you don't reload, you're screwed. Or need to start. You can probably never discover the brand of powder or find any that performs the same. You actually can find primers...at a price. So look at the problem from a practical point of view. Pick the ammo you like. Then search for it everywhere. When you can't find any or even just a little, go about replacing it in volume. If the bullets are commercial, look for them, in quantity. If you're stupid and don't want "reloads", just buy virgin brass (be sure to leave your empties on the ground for other, smarter shooters to pick up).

Then hire a reloader to fill your high price virgin brass with powder and your bullets. Go to the range and intermix your new "loads" with factory ammo. Then burn some of it up and see where the holes appear. If they all appear in the same group, you're good to go. If they don't, adjust something. The easiest being the powder charge. Good luck with it.


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Posts: 17916 | Location: Kentucky, USA | Registered: February 25, 2001Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Just a reminder, most everything(ammo, primers, powder) is available at the local gun show, checked recently myself. Yes of course, prices reflect the current market. That may be $45-65 for 50 factory 9mm rounds.

Most of us aren’t involved in shootouts very often. My feeling is it’s best to de-escalate the encounter before it comes to shooting, a strong AS ABLE added.

The way things are currently, no reason to expect fully stocked shelves soon.
 
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Look at the bullet testing luckygunner did...
https://www.luckygunner.com/la...ballistic-tests/#9mm



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Posts: 8664 | Location: Temple, Texas! | Registered: October 07, 2006Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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I have a small stash of 147 grain Winchester Ranger-T that I am carrying in my 365. I will say that it's hard to beat Gold Dot's too. I always carry factory loads for EDC. I shoot a lot of hand loads but I just feel more comfortable with the factory stuff. Liability doesn't factor into it for me. My experiences with that is if it's a good shoot, it doesn't matter what you use. If it's a bad shoot, the ammo choice isn't going to fix it.
 
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