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    Federal 9mm 150 Gr HST

    I began carrying concealed about one month ago and was shopping around for some decent defense rounds. After a bunch of research, I settled on the Federal 9mm 150 gr micro HST. Today I ran 24 through my PT-111 G2. It fed flawlessly in both single fire and three round rapid fire. There was definitely a noticeable drop in recoil compared to 115 gr fmj rounds which really assisted in followup shots. For those of you who may not be familiar with this round, here are the specs:

    5 shot median penetration depth of 16"
    Expansion diameter of 0.681"
    Median velocity of 893 fps.

    If you are looking for a low velocity defensive round, especially for shorter barreled handguns, you may want to try these out.
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    My son's new Ruger EC9 was shooting way low with 115's and was going to have him try these to see if they would hit POA. I normally use 115's but the 150 hst looked good to me.

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    Wonder how they'd compare to my handload 147 gr XTPs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Driswalds View Post
    My son's new Ruger EC9 was shooting way low with 115's and was going to have him try these to see if they would hit POA. I normally use 115's but the 150 hst looked good to me.
    Based on the reviews written and my cursory experience with the round, I would think the hst would perform quite well in the Ruger EC9. As I said, the reduced recoil was quite noticeable.

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    Just recently had the chance to work with some HSTs, both 124 and 147 gr. They are exceptional. I'm not normally in to subsonic loads, but in the smaller 9s, they might just be the ticket. Out of necessity, I had to load the 147 gr. Berry's Hybrid Hollow-Point a good bit slower than their advertised velocity, and at around 900 FPS from an M&P Shield, they are outstanding.
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    The Firearms Blog did a post about the Federal HST Micro 150 gr 9mm with a video review from TNOutdoors9. The poster was able to talk with someone from Federal who told them that the Micro was designed to be shot out of a 3 in. barrel, which should make it ideal for the G2c's 3.2 in. barrel. You can read the post (which contains the video review) here: https://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/...s-it-worth-it/
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    I like shooting the 124 grain, I have good luck with them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by garyh View Post
    I like shooting the 124 grain, I have good luck with them.

    I also like to use the 124 gr HST for my SD ammo. Feel better with the extra couple hundred fps velocity using the 124 gr vs the 150 gr.

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    Boy, they sure are making 9mm rounds heavy these days.
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    MY take is the 150 would be a much better round out of a 38 Super or 9x23 than a 9 MM, but there are those that like the heavy girls!
    this day in age the modern hollow point can be had in about any weight especially in 9 MM that will work very effectively, the old days of a manufacture only having one caliber weight that works is long gone, design and materials of projectiles offer lots of great choices.
    my 9 M and me seem to work just dandy from 92 grain projectiles up to 147 grain, normally hovering in the 115 grainers for the 9 MM and 124 for the 38 supers.
    again its more about the Archer than the arrow being shot.
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