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Was going to ask this same question. I was considering the Ranger T 147's due to the Lucky Gunner ( a great company BTW) gel test. However, Paul Harrell did a test with the "meat target", and the results were unimpressive to say the least.

Most of the other rounds that were considered the most effective were $1+ per round , which for me, is unacceptable. It is understandable why copper rounds are that expensive though.

I think I'll just go with my normal 9mm carry ammo, Gold Dot 124 +p, and call it a day.
 

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$1 per round is pricey. I just bought 150 rounds of HST 147gr at $20 a box of 50.


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Mine really likes the Hornady HST Micro 9mm and I like the fact they are designed to expand reliably when fired from a very short barrel.

Watch a few vids and see what you think. Then get one box and see if your PPS likes them too.
 

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I’m still experimenting to see if there are any feed problems and any major difference in accuracy but I generally run Speer Gold Dot 124gr in my SIG 225-A1 and SW Shield and will stick to those as long as the PPS likes them too.
 

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124gr standard pressure Federal HST ammo runs very well in my PPS. The ShootingtheBull410 videos of SHORT barrel 9mm performance are the best out there and the conclusion - 124gr and 147 gr standard pressure Federal HST and Ranger T rounds are the best performers overall and among the most accurate and consistent.


 

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Was going to ask this same question. I was considering the Ranger T 147's due to the Lucky Gunner ( a great company BTW) gel test. However, Paul Harrell did a test with the "meat target", and the results were unimpressive to say the least.

Most of the other rounds that were considered the most effective were $1+ per round , which for me, is unacceptable. It is understandable why copper rounds are that expensive though.

I think I'll just go with my normal 9mm carry ammo, Gold Dot 124 +p, and call it a day.
I like the way you think. I too checked out Lucky Gunner's ammo review, and I must say, they did a great job with objectivity and scientific method. From that, I picked the five loads I felt were best and did some youtube searching. There are channels I respect, and those I feel tried, but failed in their methodology. I really like Tim on Military Arms Channel and a couple others. Then, through work, I have access to the FBI testing information and use that too.

This way I have meta-data (data for same thing from multiple sources), and I can look for a certain round that has vastly different results vs. the rounds which are consistent. I then did some of my own testing, but simply added that to the data from other sources.

In the end, out of medium to full-size or even long-barrelled pistols (like my G-34 I keep in the bedside table), I like high-velocity rounds (Underwood/Lehigh 90gr +P+, Winchester Ranger-T 127gr +P+, Hornady Critical Duty 135gr +P, Federal HST 124gr +P).

Out of short barrels, I like Federal Micro HST 150gr, Federal HST 147gr, and Hornady Critical Defense 115gr. These are all low-recoil options. Why? Well, at 6'01" and 280, I'm not recoil-shy (44 Mag being my favorite caliber, followed closely by 10mm). It's follow-up shots and shootability. No matter how hard I grip a micro-pistol, high-energy rounds cause it to twist and shift in my hand. I'd rather be aiming and squeezing instead of re-gripping in a real self-defense situation... The above rounds are still engineered to perform well in expansion and penetration even at slower velocities. Other rounds will certainly work, but I like quick follow-up shots over 50-100 FPE.
 

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Gold dots, HST's, Hornady XTP, whatever is on sale of the premiums brands is fine for me. I don't think it really matters if your pistol runs it reliably and you hit what you are aiming at. It's still just 9mm handgun round after all. I have Fed HST 124 Gr +P in mine right now.
 

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In my 2 9 mm's, they are both loaded with Federal HST 147 gr. Their mushroom capability according to Lucky gunner are magnificent.
Otherwise I would use Speer Gold Dot, also 147 gr.
Both feed and eject reliability and are accurate.
 

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For the most part I use HST 124 gr but I have yet to find anything that doesn’t feed reliably.
 

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Update to my post: Speer Gold Dot 147 gr. Also Federal HST 147gr.

I shot several different types and bullet weights. Not saying anything is wrong with +Ps but I just didn’t like the way the slide hit the frame. 147gr was accurate and felt recoil was noticeably more comfortable and fed flawlessly. Speer &Federal performed well on LuckyGunner Labs so moving from 124gr to 147.
 
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Remington Golden Saber 124gr +P. I like the more rounded nose of the Golden Saber as opposed to the HST, probably makes no difference, I've actually never had anything jam in all three of my PPS's, but it's just psychological to me in a semiautomatic firearm I trust a more rounded nose bullet better to always feed reliably.
 
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