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Couple weeks ago I bought some 9mm hollow point 147 grain. Haven't gotten around to shooting a few rounds yet. What can I expect?
 

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Ummm- that it will go bang? :D

147s are usually loaded a lot slower than 115s or 124s. I like them for a bit better penetration. Recoil will depend of what loading you have.
 

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I use 147 for accuracy, during competitive shoots. Less recoil, but carry specific self defense, which I believe are 124.
 

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As long as you keep velocity low, you can get less felt recoil.
I have NOT had as good accuracy with them as 124gn bullets. To me, they only make sense for light competition action pistol loads and for sub-sonic SMG loads.
If you load them to full power, to me any way, they have more recoil and make the gun twist a bit in my hand. Light loads are great, but I just haven't gotten sub-2" accuracy at 25 yards as I do with almost any 121-125gn bullet.
Have fun and be sure all the bullets are tight in the case so there is no bullet set-back.
 

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The 147's are to heavy for the 9mm case capacity and thus much slower than the 115 thru the 127 grain bullets. We used the 147's for several years and had VERY bad results at stopping the bandits!:( We went to the Winchester 127 gr +p+ and we have had VERY good results at stopping the bandits!:) I do not recommend the 147's for self defense.
Hope this helped,
Jim
 

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147's were developed to mimic the effects of the subsonic .45 and .40 ammo. In theory they work just as good. That is, of course, if a high quality bullet is used. The Gold Dot 147's seem to stop goblins pretty well. WTS, I still prefer a 124 +P
 

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JimRau said:
The 147's are to heavy for the 9mm case capacity and thus much slower than the 115 thru the 127 grain bullets. We used the 147's for several years and had VERY bad results at stopping the bandits!:( We went to the Winchester 127 gr +p+ and we have had VERY good results at stopping the bandits!:) I do not recommend the 147's for self defense.
Hope this helped,
Jim
This did help a lot actually. Thankyou.
 

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The 147's are to heavy for the 9mm case capacity and thus much slower than the 115 thru the 127 grain bullets. We used the 147's for several years and had VERY bad results at stopping the bandits!:( We went to the Winchester 127 gr +p+ and we have had VERY good results at stopping the bandits!:) I do not recommend the 147's for self defense.
Hope this helped,
Jim
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The best SD/HD/LE bullet weights are 115,124 and 127.

I prefer the 127 +P+, but many agencies had outstanding results with 115 +P+ as well.
 

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From what I have seen from shooting coyotes the 9mm does better with high velocity loads. I haven't really shot enough coyotes to have definitive results (less than 30). The 9mm doesn't create a large wound channel like a larger caliber. Penetration is all the 9mm has going for it. I shot all the coyotes with a carbine. I am sure the carbine enhanced the effectiveness of the 9mm.
 
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