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    After I bought my first 9mm I did a lot of research on ammo. There is a lot of good information out there. My choice was Federal 124gr HST Personal Defense. My second choice was Hornady 115gr Critical Defense. Having said that, I have a lot more Critical Defense ammo as it is slightly cheaper. I tend to load my Shield with the Hornady and the XD with the Federal for no other reason than … I can't think of one but it's what I've always done. Actually, when I bought the Shield the first Premium ammo that I fired through it was Hornady. It worked just fine and I've stuck with it ever since. Same with the XD. It first handled Federal and that's all it's seen since.

    There was a video going around a while back where "experts", from Federal and someone else that I can't remember, who test bullet performance for a living, stated that at handgun velocities the caliber of the bullet is a non factor because it forms a "temporary" wound cavity as opposed to the "permanent" wound cavity formed by a rifle bullet. It's all about the bullet expansion. I just thought that I'd throw that in to stir things up.
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    A 500 Magnum, there I said it, of course one would be going to the "BIG" house for a while But job done no doubt, although the hearing loss would suck...

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    The best is almost any.........The absolute best is the cartridge you NEVER have to drop the hammer on...........
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    Putting it another way, what would you want in your hand if charged by a 200lb wild/feral hog...and they can run 40ft/sec.

    Outside this discussion is what some of the old folk handload/carry and considered obsolete by some:

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    158gr Winchester JHP notched, four layer denim, 1437fps...looks nice doesn't it?
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    Keep in mind that with the 3" bbl, you will not get much velocity from anything. As such, it makes sense to use the heavier (147 gr) bullets. Practice, practice, practice! And, remember, once you have pulled the trigger, you have changed your life forever! I also carry, but have given the consequences much thought!
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    It has to run in your gun, first and foremost. You have to be able to hit what you aim at. ^the rest is above this post.

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    A supersonic telephone pole is the ideal self defense projectile. Of course it takes a crew served weapon to launch it!
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    I don't always carry a 9mm.......

    But, When I do, it's a model 39 and Underwood 9mm Luger +P+ 124 grain Bonder Jacket HP

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    The difference between a 9mm & a .45 is 1/10". It's not going to make a bad shot into a good one. Shot placement wins.
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    I don't always carry a 9mm.......
    But, When I do, it's a model 39 and Underwood 9mm Luger +P+ 124 grain Bonded Jacket HP

    Yeah Baby! Yeah!
    That Underwood load in just about any 9mm pistol is the bomb! Sincerely. bruce.


 
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