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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 06-24-2017, 05:17 PM Thread Starter
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Recently got a free 9mm pistol. What is the "best" FMJ bullet weight. Got some American Eagle 147 Truncated Cone bullets and some 115 RN Winchesters for break in but have not fired either yet. Interested in a plinking round that might be useful for coyotes or hogs when not expected. I will probably carry it with CCI shot cartridges while outdoors, if I carry it at all. Think a TC might be the best choice( definitely better than RN), but what weight.


I have a Firestar 40S&W and some Black Talons if I were serious about concealed carry, but do not have a CC permit yet. It is a mild mannered little gun, just as easy to shoot as my 380. Also have a 44 Special I would carry if hog hunting.


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Honestly, the best ammo for your gun is the cheapest brass care FMJ that feeds reliably in your gun, and is accurate. In factory ammo, I like Winchester & Remington bulk FMG's in most of my 9mm's. The common weights - 115, 124, and 147 grains can all be accurate and reliable, your gun will let you know. The 115's and 124's often do shoot closer to point of aim on fixed sight guns.


For hog defense (I would never use a 9mm for intentional hog hunting) I would think a bullet with a flat point, or TC design, either FMJ, or hard cast, would work best. Id probably look at a 147 grain weight for the added penetration. Companies like Buffalo Bore, Double Tap, and Cor-Bon make specialty loads for such use. I would probably plink with the cheap stuff, and buy a couple boxes of the speciality stuff for use as appropriate while in the woods. On the cheap, the American Eagle (Federal) 147 grain TC might not be a bad choice as well for hog defense. I would avoid any 9mm HP bullet, as most all are designed with expansion first, and would not be good penetrators in something like a hog.


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I like Federal 115 grain for general target shooting, hits at point of aim in my Sig.

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I hate to admit it but I have a glock model 19 in 9mm. A girt from a friend, retired LEO. I asked him the same question, what self defense ammo is the favorite of LEOs?

He said either 115 gr gold dot federal +P or the same bull it into 124 gr weight. So I bought a case of federal 124 gr GDHP +P ammo. That what my bedside gun is loaded with.

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I hate to admit it but I have a glock model 19 in 9mm. A girt from a friend, retired LEO. I asked him the same question, what self defense ammo is the favorite of LEOs?

He said either 115 gr gold dot federal +P or the same bull it into 124 gr weight. So I bought a case of federal 124 gr GDHP +P ammo. That what my bedside gun is loaded with.
I'll second the 124gr +P GDHP for SD, coyotes or hogs. Any bullet weight is fine for plinking or taking a pot shot at a coyote.
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If its NATO spec, and you didn't say which model gun you got for free, I'd recommend S&B NATO 124 for FMJ.


For reference: 9mm Luger SAAMI is 35K, 9mm +P SAAMI is 36K, 9mm NATO CIP is 36.5K.
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I know the OP said ball ammo, but then posted the question in the self defense forum. Ball ammo has no use for us here, except as practice ammo. So I answered his question based on the application of the 9mm in self defense.

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If its NATO spec, and you didn't say which model gun you got for free, I'd recommend S&B NATO 124 for FMJ.


For reference: 9mm Luger SAAMI is 35K, 9mm +P SAAMI is 36K, 9mm NATO CIP is 36.5K.
Interesting how slight the difference in pressures between the different 9mm ammo ratings.

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Interesting how slight the difference in pressures between the different 9mm ammo ratings.
And you know I just found this from a gun rag:

- 9mm Luger 35,000
- 9mm +P 38,500 (10%)
- 9mm +P+ as high as 45,500

The same article asserts that most +P or NATO firearms are built to withstand 70,000 before catastrophic failure.

For example KelTec, Diamondback, and the Kimber Solo all say not to use +P ammo. The list of non-+P rated 9mm firearms is probably longer, and would likely include many of the sub-compact polymer single stacks that are popular for CC.

But Glocks, M&P, CZ are all +P rated.

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My Hi-point is +P rated.
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