What's a good home defense 9MM round?

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What's a good home defense 9MM round?

Post by Bigborgel » Wed Jan 29, 2020 7:16 am

I live about 40' from both of my neighbors, and I'm concerned that a stray round from me will penetrate my wallboard and 1/2" cedar siding and enter their homes. So, I'm looking for a HD round that could be either a HP or a frangible round in 9MM for my Canik TP9 SF Elite, or any other good choices, please be specific with weight and brand, thanks.
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Re: What's a good home defense 9MM round?

Post by bp1 » Wed Jan 29, 2020 7:57 am

could be another but I stay with fed hst 147 gr,
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Re: What's a good home defense 9MM round?

Post by DSeifrit » Wed Jan 29, 2020 8:29 am

Second for the 147 gr Federal HST. I carry HSTs on and off duty. But (just my 2 cents) I think any standard pressure hollow point round will meet your criteria. You can also look at ballistics gel tests for many popular rounds on sites like luckygunner.com to help you decide what’s best for you.
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Re: What's a good home defense 9MM round?

Post by keltex78 » Wed Jan 29, 2020 8:45 am

I'm a big fan of anything Gold Dot, and Winchester PDX1. These performed very well in some limited non-scientific testing I performed several years ago (water jug and wet phone book).
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Re: What's a good home defense 9MM round?

Post by Tejas Products » Wed Jan 29, 2020 9:15 am

DSeifrit wrote:
Wed Jan 29, 2020 8:29 am
Second for the 147 gr Federal HST. I carry HSTs on and off duty. But (just my 2 cents) I think any standard pressure hollow point round will meet your criteria. You can also look at ballistics gel tests for many popular rounds on sites like luckygunner.com to help you decide what’s best for you.
I think this is sound advise... There are several quality home defense rounds made. Your best bet is to go online and YouTube and look at reviews. There are multiple good videos out there comparing different offerings.... But as @DSeifrit said most any modern hollow point defense round is going to accomplish your goal.... I think what counts the most is which brand will feed reliably in your gun.....
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Re: What's a good home defense 9MM round?

Post by DSeifrit » Wed Jan 29, 2020 9:22 am

Tejas Products wrote:
Wed Jan 29, 2020 9:15 am
I think what counts the most is which brand will feed reliably in your gun.....
Definitely!... and no matter what you decide on, run at least a magazine of than ammo through your gun to ensure it will cycle reliably.
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Post by LT USN (Ret.) » Wed Jan 29, 2020 10:23 am

Yes to all of the above. The 147's run at a lower fps which is good as to not over penetrate.
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Re: What's a good home defense 9MM round?

Post by colonel00 » Wed Jan 29, 2020 12:10 pm

If you want the HST's, you can get them in the 50 round LEO boxes for cheaper than what you find 25 rounds at a store.
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Re: What's a good home defense 9MM round?

Post by DSeifrit » Wed Jan 29, 2020 12:32 pm

I like ammoseek.com . It searches several websites to find good ammo prices, and you can search by specifics like weight, manufacturer, bullet type, etc., not just by caliber.
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Re: What's a good home defense 9MM round?

Post by Bigborgel » Wed Jan 29, 2020 12:35 pm

I went to the range this AM, and spoke to the RSO about the same issue, he sold me a 20 box of Hornady Critical Defense. They appear to have a red plastic/rubber filler inside of the HP.
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Re: What's a good home defense 9MM round?

Post by Tejas Products » Wed Jan 29, 2020 1:03 pm

Bigborgel wrote:
Wed Jan 29, 2020 12:35 pm
I went to the range this AM, and spoke to the RSO about the same issue, he sold me a 20 box of Hornady Critical Defense. They appear to have a red plastic/rubber filler inside of the HP.
Critical defense is my chosen self defense round.... I've found they reliably feed in anything I've run them through.
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Re: What's a good home defense 9MM round?

Post by bp1 » Wed Jan 29, 2020 2:35 pm

tn outdoors to me is the best on reviews, he has a good knowledge about what he is doing.
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Re: What's a good home defense 9MM round?

Post by DSeifrit » Wed Jan 29, 2020 4:30 pm

The critical defense round is a good choice for what you are looking for. In winter months I might suggest the critical duty instead, as it will penetrate heavy clothing better.
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Re: What's a good home defense 9MM round?

Post by qballbandit » Wed Jan 29, 2020 10:08 pm

I switched from Speer Gold Dot and Hornady CD to Black Hills Honey Badger "Scallopted" Tips, in 124gr. They feed and shoot fine in my defensive guns.
Expanding bullets (HP's) may slow quicker because they expand. The scalloped tip cuts, or pokes a hole and rotates (shredding) with good penetration.
Lot's of good info in all of the above posts, as well as Google searches.

Good luck!

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Re: What's a good home defense 9MM round?

Post by pistolette504 » Thu Jan 30, 2020 12:02 pm

I use Remington Golden Saber 124+P in my larger pistols. This theoretical on my part, but based on Lucky Gunner’s ballistics test, it performed 2nd only to the HST. BUT, $18/box vs. $36.
I use Fort Scott Munitions 115g in my smaller/CC guns. Lighter to carry & you don’t have to worry about expansion. Hope that helps.
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Re: What's a good home defense 9MM round?

Post by reloader762 » Fri Feb 14, 2020 5:34 am

bp1 wrote:
Wed Jan 29, 2020 2:35 pm
tn outdoors to me is the best on reviews, he has a good knowledge about what he is doing.
Not to mention that he has tested all the main mfg. 9 mm an 45 ACP SD ammo on the market in a variety of handguns. You get function test, velocity reading vs. what the mfg. states, expansion / penetration test using the FBI protocol as well as retain projectile weight. He give you enough data points to help you make a good choice as well as his opinion on if he would carry the ammo himself.
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Re: What's a good home defense 9MM round?

Post by ncjw » Fri Feb 14, 2020 8:41 am

I don't think that any of the above responses address your concern. They are mostly concerned with the best stopping power and are all good choices as far as that is concerned.

Personally, I don't give house to house overpenetration a second thought, although when I did have the kid in the house I was concerned about room to room. Even then, I figured that the probability of ever having to use home defense gun times the probability that everything would line up perfectly that a miss would hit someone else were so low that I ignored it. That being said, I did use a heavier, slower 230gr .45acp 1911.

FWIW, I currently have 124gr HST loaded (because I mostly shoot 124gr, the above comments about 147gr are probably correct) and used to load Critical Defense.

But just Googling around, this may be what you are looking for, I have no idea how well it works in the real world:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-EnVffwHEc8
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Re: What's a good home defense 9MM round?

Post by Jester560 » Thu Feb 20, 2020 8:42 am

Take a look at some of the Underwood offerings such as.....

https://www.underwoodammo.com/collectio ... 5725939769
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Re: What's a good home defense 9MM round?

Post by Crosspower » Thu Feb 20, 2020 11:15 am

What your asking for is Federal BallistiClean RHT Frangible 100gr.
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Re: What's a good home defense 9MM round?

Post by BentAero » Thu Feb 20, 2020 11:03 pm

Do you know the two loudest sounds in the world?
A click when you were expecting a bang,
And a bang when you were expecting a click.

Ultimately, the best home defense round is one that goes bang. Everytime. Fancy tapered nose rounds look really great right up to the moment the second round in the mag won't feed. I've been disappointed\annoyed more than once after buying the latest "stopping power" round only to find they won't feed properly.
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