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Offline Groundhog34

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Recommended Ammo
« on: February 26, 2022, 08:11:22 PM »
I have had my R9 for a number of years and carry it occasionally. In my experience Winchester Silvertips 115 were the most reliable and accurate ammo. It was unavailable for a couple of years by lately I have found a few boxes. What bullet do those wiser than I recommend? What bullets should be avoided?

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Re: Recommended Ammo
« Reply #1 on: June 23, 2022, 03:27:14 PM »
Just saw you never got a reply, sorry for that.


I and it seems a lot of other folks on here like the 115 or 124gr Gold Dots. 

Of course make sure you test them before using them in a carry gun.

There are a number of threads on here about ammo.  Some are a good read.


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Re: Recommended Ammo
« Reply #2 on: June 25, 2022, 09:09:07 AM »
Both of my R9s shoot Speer Gold Dots and, other than differences in perceived recoil, manifest no real difference when 115, 124 and 147 are used.  Speer Lawman is a FMJ 9mm round that mimics the shooting character of the Gold Dot, but is less expensive and therefor has become my practice round.
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Re: Recommended Ammo
« Reply #3 on: June 25, 2022, 10:45:04 AM »
Also. Federal HST 124 gr.

Offline Douglas

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Re: Recommended Ammo
« Reply #4 on: August 12, 2022, 01:22:36 AM »
I'm a 147 fan.

Always have been.

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Re: Recommended Ammo
« Reply #5 on: August 12, 2022, 10:25:42 AM »
The main reservation about using a 147 gr. in a 2.9 inch barrel is that the velocity is less than a 115 gr or 124 gr; thus not providing as much penetration and expansion. Eric initially recommended 115 gr Silvertips.
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Offline ECR

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Re: Recommended Ammo
« Reply #6 on: August 12, 2022, 07:43:03 PM »
I now carry Gold Dot 124 JHP when I have my pup with me.

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Makers of the NRA Shooting Illustrated: "Handgun of the Year for 2005" and receiver of an NRA Golden Bullseye Award.

Offline PsychoSword

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Re: Recommended Ammo
« Reply #7 on: October 08, 2022, 11:13:48 PM »
The only ammo I've ever carried and/or shot in an R9 is WWB 115gr. and Speer Gold Dots 124gr. Never a hiccup with either.

I don't think R9's are super picky with ammo though, unlike Seecamps and guns like that. As long as you feed them decent quality brass or nickle case and not off brands.

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Re: Recommended Ammo
« Reply #8 on: November 05, 2022, 01:48:14 AM »
147gr. will always provide better penetration.

When I hired on, they chose 147 gr. because it was subsonic, so they reasoned that it would not over-penetrate.

WRONGO!

Decades later, we understand that the 147 is THE penetrator of the 9mm rounds. Why? Momentum.

After that, in the glossy magazines, the 9mm 147gr became the "over-penetrator". Any of you remember reading all those glossy gun magazines?

Then they learned how to build bullets.

Today? Fact is, as with every other caliber, heavier is better. The light-weight-high-speed rounds have fallen by the wayside on the street.

9mm? Pick a proven 147gr load.

The old 115 +P+? Sub-optimal, but if you do your job you will be fine. And that's the point. "WHAT" you shoot is less important than "HOW" you shoot.

My current recommendation? Federal 147 gr HST.

Works like a charm in the pup, and has a great record on the street.

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Re: Recommended Ammo
« Reply #9 on: November 05, 2022, 10:27:21 AM »