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Old 12-04-2011, 05:25 PM   #1
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Can you tell me your opinions on this 9mm ammo comparison. I used to use CCI Blazer exclusively in the early 90's.

Hornady vs. Winchester white box vs. Remington vs. CCI Blazers. Also there is some cheap ammo at Walmart called Tul-ammo (russian made).

What is the best for target shooting and what is the best for Home/Personal defense?

Thanks Folks, I value your opinions.
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Old 12-04-2011, 05:50 PM   #2
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I like Blazer Brass, WWB, and Remington for practice. For defense, I like SXT and Golden Sabre...
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No such thing as a bonafide, absolute "best" in anything, only experiences and opinions.



My preference for 9mm range ammo is Swiss-made GECO 124 gr. JHP. GECO is a full-powered 9mm round unlike most other range ammo. It used to be available for less than $10 a box and less than $200 a case but the last price I saw had about a dollar increase per box. I also like the low-priced Russian-made Brown Bear 115 gr. JHP. It's steel cased--which some people can't abide--but all I've used has been consistent. Smells funny but it has always worked for me.



For defense purposes, I like 124 gr. +P Speer Gold Dot and Federal HST. Both rounds have good street reputations with LE agencies. I've never used Remington Golden Saber or Winchester Ranger in 9mm but I like and use them both in my .45 ACP pistols.
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I've had mixed results with Blazer & WWB, and Hornady's QC is in the dumper right now, so I've been sending LOTS of Federal Champion(brass) downrange with GREAT results.
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I agree, the Federal Champion is also a good, reliable and inexpensive range ammo. It's usually available at Walmart, making it easy to come by.
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I haven't found anything yet that causes the 226 to choke. So for range work I use what is available, WWB, Federal, Blazer, Tula, etc. for SD I stick with HST's, Gold Dot's and Ranger T's.
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I keep coming back to Winchester for all levels of pistol ammo, practice, HP, SD.



.308 is Black Hills Gold. Expensive but worth it.
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I usually like my my own reloads for the economics aspect. When looking for factory new, I have had good luck with WWB, Blazer Brass, and Federal.
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Old 12-16-2011, 05:00 PM   #9
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I bought several boxes of Federal HST's for Home Defense.
I have only heard positive reviews of the HST's and the HST+p.
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I bought several boxes of Federal HST's for Home Defense.
I have only heard positive reviews of the HST's and the HST+p.
I did my own research and I have chosen the Federal Tactical LE HST. I too have read many good reviews and watched several videos of this ammo in action. I test fired several rounds through my SP2022 and they work flawlessly and are accurate at the 7 yard distance I tested them at. I am convinced that this is what will be my home defense ammo for many years and I plan on building a healthy amount of stock.
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I spent a lot of time reading, surfing and thinking - came to the obvious conclusion - it depends. It depends on the weapon, the skill of the shooter, the surroundings, etc. Like all things it is a balance among trade offs.

Here is where I got from all the empirical (real data) research.

1 - an accurate shot is paramount, so shoot whatever you are most accurate with (knowing you will be less accurate in a stressful situation) - and practice, practice and practice.

2 - larger bullets tend to be more accurate with short (concealed) barrels than lighter, faster bullets.

3 - close in, mass trumps velocity

I have three - P226 (range and home), P239 (IWB, under arm) and P290 (leg, ankle). So to match muscle memory and reflexes across all three I am currently using 147 gr JHP - Winchester Ranger T-Series as my SD / carry load and 147 gr FMJ - Subsonic - Unleaded - Encapsulated - Winchester Super-X as my range / practice load. similar gun behavior and ballistics to the JHP but at a much better price (.25 a round versus .55 a round) so I get more practice that matches a potential real world situation.

The Rangers (in the tests I could find) got 8 to 12 inches of penetration (4 layers denim) and a pretty good balloon. Drywall + less velocity seems to provide some degree of protection for bystanders (if I am shooting in the house).

I stayed away from any +P rounds - pretty much unanimous about increased time to return to target and I would rather get more shots in (accurately) than fewer (perhaps) more "stopping" shots in the same time frame.

Also, since (statistically) an engagement is more likely at night, the normal (versus +P) loads have less flash (to disrupt eyesight / aim).

Anyway - FWIW that is where I got. YMMV
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I haven't bought any self defense rounds yet, but I'm leaning towards the Federal HST. Seems to get good reviews, and it is a great value at 50rds for less then $30 vs other top brands at 20 rds for around $20.
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I like the NATO and 124 grain +p rounds most out of my P290; for some reason they make my gun feel less snappy than light and fast or heavy and slow rounds.

For range use I use the Winchester NATO and for self defense I use either Gold Dots, Hydra Shoks, or Ranger T-series.
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I NEVER use WWB. It is mentioned way too much for me when I see guys talking about some failure at the range. I'll use most anything but that. Sig's have a way of eating anything that you feed them so I think that's why some of the guys here use it successfully.
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WWB is just dirty. I prefer Speer Lawman FMJ's or Federal for practice ammo. For HP's, Gold dots, or Federal Tactical HP's.
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