Winchester Ranger T-Series RA9T 9mm 147 grain Jacketed Hollow Points. $0.62/cartridge. UPC: 020892210462. MFR #: RA9T
$307.45($062/cartridge) for arguably the best and the most difficult to find 9mm self defense round. The ammunition in packaged in a factory sealed case of ten black Winchester T-Series Enhanced 50 round boxes as pictured. This ammunition was manufactured in the past year at Winchester's new plant in Oxford, MS.
This is the modern day evolution of Winchester's Black Talon cartridge. If 500 rounds is too many, we also sell 250 rounds and 50 round boxes.
- EXCELLENT STOPPING POWER
- OUTSTANDING PENETRATION,EXPANSION & WEIGHT RETENTION
- SUPERIOR ACCURACY
- WIDER & STRONGER SIX PETAL CONFIGURATION
- Shellcase: 9mm Luger nickel plated shellcase with cap and mouth shellac
- Bullet: 147 grain, reversed tapered jacket - not blackened.
- Jacket Weight: 17 % of total bullet weight.
- Powder: Low flash, clean burning.
- Primer: Winchester non-corrosive primer
- Accuracy: Product mean of 1.50” Extreme Spread – Five shot targets at 50 yards from a SAAMI test barrel.
- Velocity: 985 ft/sec nominal at 15 ft using a SAAMI standard 4” test barrel (995 ft/sec muzzle velocity).
- Muzzle Energy: 317 ft-lb.
- Pressure: 35,000 psi max. average
- Waterproofing: Lacquer applied to primer annulus
This cartridge is on Dr. Gary Roberts' list of loads that demonstrate outstanding terminal performance and can be considered acceptable for duty/self-defense use. 9mm Self Defense and Duty Loads
"FWIW, many of the largest west coast LE agencies have been using 147 gr for two decades without any issues, same with the FBI..." Dr. Gary Roberts
"The FBI currently issues a 147 gr and previously issued 147 gr going back the last quarter century or so, as noted above..." Dr. Gary Roberts
"RA9T works well and is quite similar to the HST, but with a bit less expansion and barrier ability." Dr. Gary Roberts
"Winchester Ranger Talon had been used around here for over a decade with superb OIS incident results. Unfortunately, in 2008, Winchester was unable to deliver the quantity of ammo needed in the required time frame; the Federal HST met the bid requirements and was immediately available." Dr. Gary Roberts
"Winchester Ranger? LAPD and LA County report high satisfaction with the 147-gr. 9mm version." ( "Police Ammo for the Rest of Us." Massad Ayoob, American Handgunner).
"At a Winchester ammo seminar earlier this year, I expressly asked the assembled execs if they had ever heard of a case where an armed citizen's choice of their LEO/Ranger ammo had been used against them in court, and they replied that they had not." Massad Ayoob posting on "The High Road"
Velocity means nothing with the new generation ammo. It relies on design to expand not velocity.
"Whatever you choose, make sure you fire at least 500 and preferably 1000 failure free shots through your pistol prior to carrying it. If your pistol cannot fire at least 1000 consecutive shots without a malfunction, something is wrong and it is not suitable for duty/self-defense use." Dr. Gary Roberts in pistol-forum.com
If this round is out of stock, consider buying these equally outstanding 147 grain 9mm cartridges that are also popular with law enforcement agencies:
Federal Premium Law Enforcement Tactical P9HST2
Speer LE 53619 Gold Dot
Speer LE 54226 Gold Dot G2
While you're at it, order some of the recommended practice round for Ranger RA9T 147 Gr. Hollow Points: Speer Lawman 9mm Luger 147gr FMJ 53620 or Federal American Eagle 9mm 147gr FMJ AE9AP
"Bullet designs like the Silver Tip, Hydra-Shok, and Black Talon were state of the art 15 or 20 years ago. These older bullets tend to plug up and act like FMJ projectiles when shot through heavy clothing; they also often have significant degradation in terminal performance after first passing through intermediate barriers. Modern ammunition which has been designed for robust expansion against clothing and intermediate barriers is significantly superior to the older designs. The bullets in the Federal Classic and Hydrashok line are outperformed by other ATK products such as the Federal Tactical and HST, as well as the Speer Gold Dot; likewise Winchester Ranger Talons are far superior to the old Black Talons or civilian SXT's." Dr. Gary Roberts