Hydra Shok is somewhat worse about plugging up in a number of heavy clothing tests. Several of the newer designs (Gold Dots if loaded hot enough and HST ) are much more tolerant of heavy clothing / intermediate materials and give more consistent performance across a wider range of uses. For range ammo if I was buying it would probably be Federal, CCI Lawman, Prvi, or the Winchester 9mm NATO stuff. I have experienced erratic QC with Remington UMC and Winchester USA in recent years. For more serious uses i like Gold Dot 124 +p or HST 124/124+p/147. Which Somewhat depends on the particular gun and barrel length, if one load shoots distinctly better, etc. I have one that loves HST and groups badly with Gold Dots, and another that does the exact opposite. YMMV A large agency here was using Gold Dot 147 but always weren't happy with performance out of subcompacts and is switching to the Winchester Ranger 127 +p+. Another large agency here was at one time shooting the Winchester Ranger and letting officers pick if they preferred the 147 or the 127 +p+. Another big local agency here that just transitioned back from .40 S&W to 9mm is now using the Hornady 135 +p Critical Duty.