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Old 07-22-2012, 01:17 PM   #1
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Curious as to what everyone carries and why. I carry Winchester Ranger bonded 124 grains (9mm) because of bullet board comparisons and other people's experiences with them. Also, I read a great article about them in guns and ammo magazine.

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Did some testing of my own into balistic gel and I carry Winchester's Ranger T's and Federal HST. All 230gr .45 there performance was great and expansion was alot better than other brands.

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Left to right PDX1, Gold dot, Ranger T, and federal HST.

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Add me in for the winchester rangers. Bonded 180gr in 40 here. But soon to be switching to 155gr due to supply.

For 9mm i like the speer gold dot 115's and 230 gr rangers again in my 45.

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I vary with each gun. I tested several in the guns I carry to see what each gun likes. In my .40 Subcompact XD I like Golder Saber 165 grain. In my .357 Mag snubby I like Hornady XTP 125 grain. In my P3AT I like Gold Dot. In my Kimber I like Seller & Bellot 230 grain FMJ Ball.

Trying a box of 4 or 5 protection ammos in your carry gun is the best way to determine. You could have two of the exact same guns; same make, model, year manfactured and they will like different ammos. It is an expensive experiment but it might save your life one day. You don't want to learn your gun jams with a certain ammo when you're in a gun fight. Plus, it's fun.

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Did some testing of my own into balistic gel and I carry Winchester's Ranger T's and Federal HST. All 230gr .45 there performance was great and expansion was alot better than other brands.

Left to right PDX1, Gold dot, Ranger T, and federal HST.
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Well from my experience and testing the winchester ranger seems to be a fave. The hydroshocks look pretty nasty ho!

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I go for the rangers and PDX1 for all my defense guns.

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All my guns have Hornady Zombie Max ammo. You just never know! Lol I like the expansion of the round.

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Here is some more pics of some tested rounds. Left to right.
.40 zombie max; .40 Hornady tap, .45 Ranger T, Federal HST, Speer Gold dot, Ranger JHP. which is basically same as PDX1 imo....

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Just one more pic of the same rounds and with a .45 PDX1 on the far right ...
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