Winchester Ranger T-Series RA9T - 9mm 147 grain Jacketed Hollow Point
$0.70/cartridge for arguably the best and the most difficult to find
9mm self defense round.
This ammunition is also available in a factory-sealed case of 500 rounds.
The ammunition in packaged in black
Winchester T-Series Enhanced 50 round boxes as pictured. This ammunition
was manufactured at Winchester's new
plant in Oxford, MS.
This is the modern day evolution of Winchester's Black Talon cartridge.
RA9T is perhaps the closest alternative to the Federal Tactical P9HST2, which
in the past has a waiting list of months and years.
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
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).
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
Dr. Gary Roberts in pistol-forum.com
EXCELLENT STOPPING POWER
OUTSTANDING PENETRATION,EXPANSION & WEIGHT RETENTION
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
Save $10 by buying a 500 round case: 500 Round Case RA9T
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
Ammo Quest 9mm: Winchester Ranger T 147gr test in ballistic gel