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    Default How many grains for 9mm?

    What are ya'll having the best luck with? I just bought a Sig in 9mm and now I need ammo. Planning on using either Gold Dots or Rangers but I'm undecided on the weight.
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    Default Re: How many grains for 9mm?

    I've been on the Sig Forum for years. Your topic has come up frequently and general concensus is 124gn seems most popular. Lot of folks tell of Sig function problems with the 147gn load. Others say no problems with it and more LEO agencies using 147. Popular target brands of ammo in 115gn seem weak.

    I like 124 +P for SD and non +P for target work. You can't go wrong with Speer 124 gn +P Gold Dots for self defense. I really like Speer Lawman 124gn FMJ's for target work as they load it about the same as the gold dots. WWB 115's seems like a light load compared to Blazer Brass 115's. What model Sig did you buy?
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    Default Re: How many grains for 9mm?

    Well, according to Dr. Maurer's lecture, penetration is a factor of bullet design once you reach a certain threshold of energy. A faster bullet will probably penetrate stuff other than flesh more than slower bullets so I'd go with a heavier bullet so you get less chance of over-penetration. Any of them will do fine when they hit flesh.
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    Default Re: How many grains for 9mm?

    Quote Originally Posted by REdwin89
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    Default Re: How many grains for 9mm?

    Quote Originally Posted by darkvibe
    Well, according to Dr. Maurer's lecture, penetration is a factor of bullet design once you reach a certain threshold of energy. A faster bullet will probably penetrate stuff other than flesh more than slower bullets so I'd go with a heavier bullet so you get less chance of over-penetration. Any of them will do fine when they hit flesh.
    I think Maurer said 124 in a 9mm was optimal, but its all about what you're shooting at, or around, or thru.

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    Default Re: How many grains for 9mm?

    Quote Originally Posted by tinker
    I think Maurer said 124 in a 9mm was optimal, but its all about what you're shooting at, or around, or thru.

    What he said .... 124 +p ;D
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    Default Re: How many grains for 9mm?

    Quote Originally Posted by tinker
    I think Maurer said 124 in a 9mm was optimal, but its all about what you're shooting at, or around, or thru.
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    Default Re: How many grains for 9mm?

    Quote Originally Posted by darkvibe
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