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Old April 1st, 2012, 09:19 AM   #1
 
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Hi All I got another question for you all

What grain should I use ? 115 or 147 I have gone to shooting range couple of times and I usually just tell them I need another box of 9MM ammo and one guy gave me 115 and another guy gave me 147 I wondered what difference is and should I specify next time if it matters that much ?

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The question of bullet weight for 9mm can result in a lot of answers. Some like a lighter, snappier, round such as the 115 or the 124. Others like a 147 , as being heavier and slower, its recoil seems somewhat 'softer'.

Remember to read your LC9 owner's manual that cautions you "Do not use “+P+” ammunition." (on pages 11 and 12). It also says " a steady diet of +P ammunition will shorten the endurance life of the RUGER® LC9TM." Other than those cautions go with whatever ammo suits your purpose and personal preference.
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We shoot and carry 115 JHP in our LC9's.
It's really a personal thing and I would urge you to carry what you practice with and try all combinations of ammo brands and weight. Personally, we choose to carry 3 115 JHP hydra shok followed by 4 FMJ and another JHP (7+1) followed by another mag of the same 3 JHP and 4 FMJ . It really comes down to what ever your gun likes to eat and ours always cleans its plate.
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The question of bullet weight for 9mm can result in a lot of answers. Some like a lighter, snappier, round such as the 115 or the 124. Others like a 147 , as being heavier and slower, its recoil seems somewhat 'softer'.

Remember to read your LC9 owner's manual that cautions you "Do not use “+P+” ammunition." (on pages 11 and 12). It also says " a steady diet of +P ammunition will shorten the endurance life of the RUGER® LC9TM." Other than those cautions go with whatever ammo suits your purpose and personal preference.
Good info there Coldfire!!!!
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Greg,
I have followed this debate for years--and opinions are all over the place. Since my carry weapons are primarily 9mm, I settled on the middle road--Black Hills 124 grain JHP +P for my SR9 and XD9 Subcompact. Now for the range--I use Winchester White Box 115 grain FMJ--and always shoot the old Black Hills ammo out of my magazines just to assure myself that it will always feed, go bang, and eject. (It is a bit pricey). Lots of opinions out there. Experiment--that's the fun part. I really think reliabilty and shot placement always trump ammo type.
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Hi All I got another question for you all

What grain should I use ? 115 or 147 I have gone to shooting range couple of times and I usually just tell them I need another box of 9MM ammo and one guy gave me 115 and another guy gave me 147 I wondered what difference is and should I specify next time if it matters that much ?

BTW this is a great forum I REALLY appreciate you all taking time to respond to me on these issues it is VERY helpful to newbie like me.
A lot of 9mm CCW types go with Hornady Critical Defense 115g ammo.
Federal Hydrashock 147g is also a good round.

For range use, like many have said, practice with the same weight round that you plan on carrying for self-defense. I would get the cheapest you can find that are brass or aluminum cases, not steel Berdan primed. The cheapest ammo is not at the range. Cabella's, WalMart or online if your buying in bulk, but the shipping can get you. Remember, the LC9 is not really a good range gun, it was designed for concealed carry/personal defense.
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Hmm I dont' think the ammo I am using is +p+ but I will check the box thanks for the feedback !
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