Following on from my last post on the topic, let me turn to 9mm ammo, because I have little or no experience with the Europellet to speak of.
If I’m going to use lesser (than .45 ACP) ammo in my primary carry piece, I’m going to ask quite a lot of the ammo. Specifically, I want substantial bullet expansion (to bring it up to .45 dimensions), and added velocity to punch the bullet home — therefore, using Lucky Gunner’s metrics, I want penetration greater than 16″, expansion greater than .5″, and velocity higher than 1,100 fps.
Casting my eye at LG’s 9x19mm test results, then, I see that two cartridges seem to be able to deliver said criteria:
Man, this Federal stuff looks like just what I’m looking for: deep penetration, consistent expansion, and excellent velocity.
The XTP lags just behind the Federal HST in terms of velocity, but it’s not bad at all, and almost as consistent in terms of expansion (albeit less than .5″).
For the record, here are the results for the load I’m currently carrying in the Browning High Power:
Not bad at all, although the greater expansion of the bullet on the extreme right is the one which dragged the penetration average down. I like the ammo, though: it’s wonderfully accurate in my elderly hands and still-more elderly gun.
However, there does seem to be a ringer in the 9mm ammo tested, and it’s this one:
Okay, the Speer looks outstanding — I’ve always been a fan of the Gold Dot, in other calibers — and the lighter boolet (115gr vs the others’ 124gr) likely means less recoil. The only negative to the lighter bullet weight is the penetration — barely breaking the 16″ criterion — but I’m adding it to the list nevertheless because as with the SIG load, one bullet over-expanded to bring the average penetration down.
Feel free to peruse the test results for your own conclusions. Note, by the way, that several loads achieve much higher penetration than any of the above, but I think one can have too much of that — think “innocent bystanders” and you’ll get my drift.
Have at it. Are we having fun yet?