115 grain or 145 grain?

Discussion in 'Semi-Auto Handguns' started by PIMking, Jun 22, 2010.

  1. PIMking

    PIMking New Member

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    In my taurus pt111?
     
  2. davcolburn

    davcolburn New Member

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    I'm liking the 124 grain stuff.
     

  3. PIMking

    PIMking New Member

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    I'm just worried about the pressure. Don't want a bang to happen.
     
  4. luckyg

    luckyg New Member

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    Just avoid 9mm+P ammo if you're worried about the pressure.

    As for the grain...

    IMO, the 115g is too light, but the 147g is too heavy,
    So I prefer 124g Speer Gold Dots.
     
  5. big shrek

    big shrek Well-Known Member

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    Whichever groups best.
     
  6. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    124gr. FMJ is the standard NATO load. Pick some up for practice and then use the same weight with hollow points for a defensive load. Of course practice with the HP's as well, it's just that it's cheaper to shoot ball ammo.

    I have been using Winchester Ranger for the past year or so. I've grown to like their hollow points over the Gold Dots because the profile is closer to an FMJ round and not quite as flat and open. It may be my imagination, but I think they feed better.

    I used to only use Gold Dots, but ran into some feeding issues in older pistols. Your PT111 shouldn't have issues with either.

    The rule of thumb is to try several brands and types of weights and profiles until you find what works best in your pistol. Then stock up on some.

    BTW, your pistol being a newer model shouldn't have problems feeding any ammo. But, it will be more accurate with one load and type more so than others. Hope this helps a bit.
     
  7. ScottA

    ScottA FAA licensed bugsmasher Lifetime Supporter

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    But it's suppose to go BANG. ;)
     
  8. james_black

    james_black New Member

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    Either. The bad guy is not gonna tell the difference.;)
     
  9. sweeper22

    sweeper22 New Member

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    Since it sounds like you don't want +P, I'd steer clear of 147gr. That's a really slow round at standard pressure.

    You could always go with something like Federal Hi-Shok 115gr. It's certainly not "top shelf" by current standards, but it's among the most proven service rounds out there. And I see it all the time for $15-18 per box (50).

    But I'd agree with some posts above. Going medium is the safe bet. 124/125gr is the 9mm standard.
     
  10. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    Good point Sweeper. I often use HyShok in my wheel guns. It's a good round.
     
  11. LuckyGunner

    LuckyGunner New Member

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    124gr

    The 124gr 9mm has become a real nice balance between the light (115) and heavy (147) grain bullets.
     
  12. PIMking

    PIMking New Member

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    I couldn't tell a difference between 124g and 115 last night when I went back to the range.