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View Poll Results: Best Ammo Brand for 9MM
Federal 22 41.51%
Winchester 13 24.53%
Fiocchi 3 5.66%
Cor Bon 7 13.21%
Wolf 1 1.89%
Speer 3 5.66%
Magtech 1 1.89%
Remington 2 3.77%
Aguila 0 0%
CCI 1 1.89%
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Old 12-15-2010, 01:30 AM
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People are always looking for the best online sources for buying ammo. But I rarely see discussion on brands themselves. So I thought I start a poll. I know that quality does vary between calibers from the same company. But I am interested in 9mm specifically so that will make things easier.

So here's the question in detail. Which brand makes the best 9mm hollow point ammunition. Non +P so 115g. I am also curious about some good FMJ for practice that are low lead and won't run dirty.

The choices are:

Federal
Winchester
Fiocchi
Cor Bon
Wolf
Speer
Magtech
Remington
Aguila
CCI
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No such thing as best. Some guns wont even fire certin brands but same ammo might work great in other guns
Old 12-15-2010, 01:45 PM
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My personal favorite carry ammo for the 9mm or .38 spl is CorBon DPX. I like the ballistic results and love some of the tests done through glass where the DPX didn't even deflect.

For my .45 I will continue to carry big slow moving jhp rounds, but the DPX are great for 9mm... in my opinion.
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No such thing as best. Some guns wont even fire certin brands but same ammo might work great in other guns
Show me a gun so finicky on ammo that it literally won't fire with certain brands, and I'll show you a gun that has no place in any holster.
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my personal favorite is federal hst.

but even federal brand range ammo seems to be very reliable.
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115 grain HP +P+. Used to make a 124 grain +P+ both by federal.
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~ 147gr ~ & 147 + p (speciality online)

http://www.firearmstactical.com/test...47ssxt-g26.htm
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No such thing as best. Some guns wont even fire certin brands but same ammo might work great in other guns
I agree that there is no such thing as best. Individual guns will respond differently to different ammo (may group better with one over another or may jam with one and not with another), but it should fire even with ammo that it may not particularly like.
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non +P 9mm HP?

Federal 9BP load. Generally 100% reliable out of everything, generally the most accurate, fair priced.

The Federal 9mm Nyclad load was decent, clean and reliable but sadly it hasn't been brought back yet unlike the .38 version.

The Winchester Silvertip 115gr is very accurate and reliable.

Ball that's cheap, clean and reliable.....?

Pretty much all the major domestic brands are similar.
But I'm still fond of CCI Blazer.
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I'll toss Double Tap Ammo in there. They're what Cor Bon wishes they could be. Better performance, more consistent, using a proven bullet, at lower pressure levels and less costly. It would be my go to ammo in 9mm. It's my go to ammo in .45 ACP even though I handload.

Avoid lightweight loads. That failed Miami FBI shooting didn't have to do with the caliber they chose. It had to do with the ammo they chose. It simply didn't penetrate enough.
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non +P 9mm HP?

Federal 9BP load. Generally 100% reliable out of everything, generally the most accurate, fair priced.

The Federal 9mm Nyclad load was decent, clean and reliable but sadly it hasn't been brought back yet unlike the .38 version.

The Winchester Silvertip 115gr is very accurate and reliable.

Ball that's cheap, clean and reliable.....?

Pretty much all the major domestic brands are similar.
But I'm still fond of CCI Blazer.
I agree on the 115 being the overall best.

I see there is a 'clean' range firing Winchester white box.

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I don't consider a 115 round to be a light load if that's what you're saying. I picked it for seceral reasons. First even if a gun is rated +P shooting that ammunirion speeds up wear. And PSHTF you want your weapons to last as long as possible. Also many guns aren;t rated for it. So if you lose your weapon the ammunition you have may not work in whatever you find.
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always had good luck with anything made by federal or remington
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You had to have three more check boxes:
1) All of the above
2) None of the above
3) Some of the above

As Jesse said, every gun is finicky in what it likes to shoot, shoot well, shoot badly or not shoot at all.
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Speer Gold Dot for my 9mm's and .40 and PMC Bronze Line for plinking. I've heard nothing but good things about the Gold Dot and PMC is the cheapest(and very reliable in my guns) ammo where I live.
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A lot of ammo runs smoothly through my Glock 19.

I buy and use equal amounts of:
Remington Golden Sabre BJHP 124+P
Federal Premium HST JHP 124
Speer Gold Dot JHP 124

For training mostly:
Winchester Ranger NATO FMJ 124
Speer Lawman FMJ 115
CCI Blazer BJRN 115

For SHTF stockpile:
Federal Hydra-Shok JHP 115 (They are cheap and do the job)
Cor-Bon DPX 115+P (Just in case)

My two main sources: Cheaper Than Dirt and Ammunition To Go
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I agree on the 115 being the overall best.
You wouldn't if you had spent much time shooting critters with it. The 115 grain loads tend to underpenetrate in a lot of circumstances. You don't need +P pressures for an effective load, but you do need a bullet that will make it deep enough into the vitals.
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For practice the best/Cheapest I have found is Federal 115 Gr. FMJ that they sell at Wal-Mart for $10.47 a box.
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Looks like Federal is running away with it. I wonder if it is because the other brands haven't been tried or it is really better.
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Looks like Federal is running away with it. I wonder if it is because the other brands haven't been tried or it is really better.
Federal cornered the market when it came out with the Hydra-Shok and held it for years. The Winchester Silvertip while very good, came out a loser after the Miami shootout, after doing exactly what it was designed to do, expand quickly and stop.

In non +P ammo and defensive loads, the two easiest choices are still the Fed 9BP and Silvertip loads.

When you start talking +P and +P+ ammo, the numbers really change.

The Winchester 127gr +P+ Ranger JHP (LE loading) is "THE" load for the 9mm if you can find a dealer that will sell you some. While not common, it is out there. 127 +P+ on deer


For a very good review on the CZ-75, Glock's and Browning Hi-Power's and more importantly, ammunition reviews with data and notes, check out:

http://www.hipowersandhandguns.com/
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I would have no problem carrying Federal HSTs, Gold Dots, Golden Sabres or DPX in my 9mm.

I carry Win Ranger 147gr T-series. I read that it has the least blinding flash color.
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