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Old 11-03-2019, 09:32 PM
nikerret nikerret is offline
Join Date: Mar 2019
Location: Kansas
Posts: 46
When I started here, in 2008, we were issued 180gr Golden Saber Bonded .40. A few years later, when Ammo got scarce, we got the regular 180gr Golden Saber. I asked why we were no longer carrying Bonded and the Rangemaster said they were all the same. After I pointed out they were different, he shrugged his shoulders and said, “Well, these are cheaper.” I still carry Bonded in the chamber and mag kept in the issued (forced) G22. The rest of my mags are the current issue.
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Old 11-04-2019, 08:50 AM
drail drail is offline
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If it feeds and fires 100% in your pistol and you can place your shots consistently it really does not matter what brand you use. If you see any feed problems whatsoever try something else or have a smith look at your gun and magazines.
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Old 11-24-2019, 12:26 AM
usmcmp usmcmp is offline
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Location: Dallas, TX
Age: 35
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Mine depends on gun you carry and caliber. We have had the same types for the past 6+ years.
Reg 9mm
9mm+p Winchester ranger
9mm+p+ Winchester ranger
then whatever the 40 guys carry
230g HST for .45
STI DVC-P 9mm great customer service
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Old 12-13-2019, 11:41 PM
sparky315 sparky315 is offline
Join Date: Mar 2002
Posts: 654
Gold dot across the board. 230 grain in .45 and 124-grain +P in 9. Has worked very well in all of our shooting incidents. We had some issues with the old Hydra-shok loads years ago (poor expansion, bad fragmentation through auto glass)
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Old 12-14-2019, 12:00 PM
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Kevin Rohrer Kevin Rohrer is offline
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Location: Medina, Ohio USA
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We also had the same problem w/ Hydra-Shok in a shooting and dumped them in-favor of Range-T (nee Black Talon). No one has used it in the field yet...

I keep hearing good things about Gold Dot.
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Old 03-01-2020, 01:06 AM
fastreb fastreb is offline
Join Date: Mar 2017
Posts: 68
I started with my dept. in 1996. At that time, we were switching from the S&W 5946 in 9mm to the S&W 4043 in .40 S&W. The issue ammo was Fed 147gr. Hydro-Shok in 9mm and Fed 180 gr. HP in .40. Over the next few years, we changed manufacturers and weights in the calibers several times. This year it might be Fed 165gr Hydro-Shok in .40 and the next year it might be a version of the Win 180gr. Finally, in early 2002, the dept. did comprehensive testing on both our pistols and ammo. The clear winner back then had us changing to Sig P229 DAO-type pistols, with the ammo being Gold Dot 180gr in the .40 caliber flavor. We now also authorize BUGs in either 9mm or .38 Spcl, so those are either Gold Dot 124gr in 9mm or Gold Dot 135gr +P in .38 caliber. We average about 12-20 officer-involved shootings a year (both criminal and animal) and, so far, we've been very happy with Gold Dot performance. Fed HST and Win Ranger-T ammo have both developed good reputations, so I wouldn't get my feelings hurt if the dept. suddenly changed to either of those loads.
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Old 03-04-2020, 10:31 AM
45acpskng 45acpskng is offline
Join Date: Mar 2019
Location: Northeast
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We always used Gold Dot 230gr HP for our G21's. Who the hell knows what they're using now!
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Old 03-04-2020, 08:04 PM
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Join Date: Dec 2012
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My current agency has issued a lot of Golden Saber 165 grain but has occasionally issued some 165 grain Rangers. There was a six month period we had 165gr Gold Dot. I don’t know why they feel we need to swap every six months. I think the last 18 months have been straight Golden Saber though.

Ironically, my last agency did Golden Saber and Rangers for the three years I was there.

Prior to that my agency gave you a Glock 22 and told you to buy your own duty ammo.
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Old 04-04-2020, 11:04 AM
45acpskng 45acpskng is offline
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Location: Northeast
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I think my dept still uses Gold Dots!
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