My recommendation for practice ammo is to go 124gr. I shoot Freedom Munitions (donít confuse with Freedom Ammunition) pretty much exclusively for practice and match pistol ammo as Iíve found it to be a really good value. Itís not the best but itís clean shooting brass case ammo at a good price. I take advantage of their flat rate or free shipping specials.
In general 124gr feels like less recoil than 115gr. The first time my wife shot 124gr she told me to never buy 115 again :-). I actually shoot mostly 147gr now but some of my Glocks can be picky with it and I only went 147 for competition purposes, otherwise Iíd have stayed with 124gr.
For personal defense - I have no knowledge of 9mm vs hog. In the 9mm vs ballistic gel world, every head to head comparison Iíve seen comes out in favor of Federal HST although they all pretty much agree the difference in the major brands isnít enough to worry about.
Personal defense ammo is loaded for higher velocities so what I said above about heavier bullets having less felt recoil doesnít apply. 147gr HST is noticeably more recoil than 124gr HST to me.
Many guys want more velocity so they will choose +P ammo (it stands for more pressure than standard but think more power). I originally chose HST 124gr +P because of its excellent ballistics. However, recent studies show the most important aspect of self defense shooting is speed and accuracy of follow up shots. Based on this, I chose to change to standard HST 124gr because the reduced recoil resulted in faster, more accurate follow up shots from me.
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