best SD ammo for 9mm

Discussion in 'Ruger Handgun Forum' started by potentialglock, Oct 30, 2012.

  1. potentialglock

    potentialglock New Member

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    I just got my CC permit and am new to the SD ammo scene. Obviously big names like hornady stick out but what are some good quality brands for low quality price? I don't want to skimp on things that could save my life but I'm realistic in the amount of money in my budget.
     
  2. BigB

    BigB New Member

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    Winchester PDX1 124gr +p are good, just switched from Federal Hydra-shoks 124gr.

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    The picture isn't great, but Federal on the left, PDX1 on the right. Approximately 1/4" hole vs 1/2" hole! PDX1 is a much nastier round, and costs about $5-$6 less per box.
     

  3. mdauben

    mdauben New Member

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    Look into Speer Gold Dot or Federal HST or Hydra-Shock. All three are available in 50 round "LE" packaging that only costs a couple dollars more than the 20 round boxes of the same loads. You will probably need to buy it on line to find it but its worth searching for.
     
  4. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    most any of the name brand SD should work just fine. personally i would go for what functions perfectly in my pistol vs. what is the most super dooper, and, best and newest expanding ammo available. doesn't mean a lot if the ammo won't function reliabily in your firearm.
     
  5. Pasquanel

    Pasquanel Proud to be an American Supporter

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    Practice with the cheaper stuff make sure what you chose for SD functions reliably in your piece and you're good to go!;)
     
  6. potentialglock

    potentialglock New Member

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    I've been practicing with fmj Winchester white box. Should I still practice with maybe 50 rounds of the SD ammo to make sure it runs thru my pistol?
     
  7. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    of course! how would you know whether it will function in your firearm unless you try it out. and i would shoot way more than 50 rounds to know for sure. i prefer a couple hundred myself. the more the better, plus it's good practice. none of my firearms are used for SD/HD until they have had at least a few hundred rounds through them. this includes pistols, rifles or shotguns.
     
  8. ncampbell

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    I use Hornady Zombie ammo. Its the same exact thing as their critical defense stuff, but a few bucks cheaper. As far as cycling in your gun, i have tested it in 4 different guns (Ruger SR9C, Springfield XD, Smith and Wesson M&P and a Glock) and i have never had an issue. I usually test with 5 or so rounds. Since the Hornady Critical Defense / Zombie ammo comes with 25 rounds in a box, this leaves you with 20 rounds to load with. 5 rounds usually gives you a good feel for a round's ability to cycle in your gun.
     
  9. SumptersGhost

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    A lot depends on the type of 9mm you are using. Smaller barrels create different ballistics on the 9mm round. If you are using a smaller barrel, the Speer gold dot 124gr jhp has shown some good test results. If you are carrying a longer barrel the federal hydro shocks 124 gr, as mentioned earlier look good too. Try a Internet search for ballistics and type in the length of your barrel or weapon make and caliber. Here is a start:

    http://www.ballisticsbytheinch.com/9luger.html
     
  10. Old_Crow

    Old_Crow New Member

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    We have 9,000 posts about 9mm ammo. why start another?
     
  11. cluznar

    cluznar New Member

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    For carry ammo I use only Hornady Critical Defense or Corbon Pwrball.
     
  12. SSGN_Doc

    SSGN_Doc Well-Known Member

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    PDX and Gold dots.
     
  13. JimRau

    JimRau Well-Known Member Supporter

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    What I advise is to shoot at least 2 mags (two different mags is you are going to carry an extra mag) of your carry ammo to:
    1. Verify the function of the ammo in your weapon, and
    2. To familiarize you to the feel and zero of your carry ammo.
    In today's world this will not be cheap, but it is worth the expanse!:)
    Hope this helped.
    Jim
     
  14. clr8ter

    clr8ter New Member

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    So, is there anyone who has done a comprehensive test lately? I read the article on Chuck Hawk's site, but that article is by "Unknown", and not dated........I'm tending to think Hornady Critical Defense it the way to go. Seems like quality stuff, and it cycles good in my Sig P938.

    Seems like 2 mags worth is not good enough, and 200+ rounds is way too much. I just cannot afford 200, but 2 mags isn't even a box......
     
  15. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    use what makes you comfortable with know your firearm will perform to your needs. if you're comfortable with 50 rounds and it functions fine, then by all means go with it. how much you shoot aand practice is determined by the individual.
     
  16. clr8ter

    clr8ter New Member

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    You know it just dawned on me today that the Critical defense is for small autos, and Critical Duty is for full size autos. So that got me thinking, any issues with running Critical Duty ammo in pistol caliber carbines? (Other than the standard runs some to make sure it likes the ammo issue.) I've got a Beretta 96A1, and a 40 S&W CX4.