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Old 09-27-2012, 15:19   #21
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...Inertia dictates that a lighter bullet will accelerate more quickly in a shorter barrel than will a heavier bullet which relies on more barrel length to develop its velocity.

Bingo. After all, the majority of shots are going to be within 25 yds. (and a lot less for civilians) and velocity loss does not even enter into the equation at that distance for all intents & purposes.
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Old 09-27-2012, 19:02   #22
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I'd go with the 165gr load. It is a good combo of velocity/penetration and expansion.
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Old 09-27-2012, 19:51   #23
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I'd go with the 165gr load. It is a good combo of velocity/penetration and expansion.
That's my leaning for sure. I wanted to get some input on both. My LGS has the 165gr available in the 50rd boxes, but I am not sure if it's the warmer load or the 1,050fps load. I have moved both of my Glocks from .40 S&W to 357 sig for now (at least for home, car and carry), but I may move back to the .40 S&W in the future.

Either a 180gr .40 S&W or a 147gr 357 sig seem somewhat appealing for the winter.
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Old 09-27-2012, 20:18   #24
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That's my leaning for sure. I wanted to get some input on both. My LGS has the 165gr available in the 50rd boxes, but I am not sure if it's the warmer load or the 1,050fps load. I have moved both of my Glocks from .40 S&W to 357 sig for now (at least for home, car and carry), but I may move back to the .40 S&W in the future.

Either a 180gr .40 S&W or a 147gr 357 sig seem somewhat appealing for the winter.
You know, that is what I have been thinking - going to a 147gr load in my G17 for winter use. I just have doubts about the penetration capability of my 9mmP 115-gr +p+ loads thru heavy winter clothing. Here in VT in gets quite cold.
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Old 09-29-2012, 21:49   #25
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LGS has the 165gr GD loading at 1,150fps in the 50 round LE boxes. Found myself a new .40 load.

While I am sure that the Federal HST 165gr load is good, I just haven't been impressed with its velocity. The last number I saw was 1,050fps from a 4" barrel. For a 165gr bullet I want it moving at ~1,150fps from a 4" barrel. Just my preference.

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Old 09-30-2012, 09:18   #26
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My first choice is the 155gr Gold Dots followed by 165gr Gold Dots.
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Old 10-01-2012, 09:44   #27
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I think that I would do realistic penetration tests with both weights of .40 S&W. I still thing that the 165gr load would come out on top.
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Old 10-01-2012, 10:42   #28
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Well the counter argument is that in shorter barrels faster loads lose more velocity as a percentage. Personally I still prefer mid-weights, regardless of barrel length.
I'm not sure about .40s but in .44s and .357s this is true. the slower bullet moves out of the barrel slower giving more burn time. I always go mid weight exept for my 27 thats loaded with 180 HSTs.
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Old 10-01-2012, 12:52   #29
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My next gun

will be a G22 or 23, so I'll try the 165s.
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Old 10-01-2012, 16:47   #30
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I have the 155g Gold Dots in all my .40's (Glocks & M&P's). My guns seem to like them.
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Old 10-01-2012, 17:31   #31
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I have the 155g Gold Dots in all my .40's (Glocks & M&P's). My guns seem to like them.
What the velocities are for the 155gr Gold Dots?
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Old 10-02-2012, 19:24   #32
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I like the 180gr Gold dot, but I just recently switched to 155gr XTP pushed by BlueDot @ 1150fps. This may not be the fastest load for this bullet, but it's the most accurate I have fired in my G23. The XTP penetrates deep, doesn't expand as much as the competition (about .56-.58), and is dead on accurate. Plus I like the recoil impulse since I seem to get back on target pretty quick with these.
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I like the 180gr Gold dot, but I just recently switched to 155gr XTP pushed by BlueDot @ 1150fps. This may not be the fastest load for this bullet, but it's the most accurate I have fired in my G23. The XTP penetrates deep, doesn't expand as much as the competition (about .56-.58), and is dead on accurate. Plus I like the recoil impulse since I seem to get back on target pretty quick with these.
I think this is what it's all about, finding something that works for you.
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Old 10-03-2012, 11:24   #34
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My next pistol

will be a G23 for CCW. I'll have to study up on carry loads.
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Old 10-03-2012, 20:43   #35
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will be a G23 for CCW. I'll have to study up on carry loads.
I love my Gen 4 G23. I have had no trouble with it at all. It is a soft shooting handgun, making it a lot of fun at the range.

With a .40 Glock you'll be able to get a G32 barrel and a .40-9mm conversion barrel. If you don't want a G32 barrel you can buy an extended barrel with or without ports/threading. Storm Lake has QPQ barrels, ask Barth about his QPQ 357 barrel for his G27.
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Old 10-03-2012, 23:21   #36
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Neither. 180gr HST.
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Old 10-04-2012, 07:52   #37
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Neither. 180gr HST.
Those and GS bonded are my choice for 180.

GD are my choice for 155 and 165.

If I had to pick just one bullet to use in .40 it'd be the GD 165.
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Old 10-04-2012, 10:27   #38
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I love my Gen 4 G23. I have had no trouble with it at all. It is a soft shooting handgun, making it a lot of fun at the range.

With a .40 Glock you'll be able to get a G32 barrel and a .40-9mm conversion barrel. If you don't want a G32 barrel you can buy an extended barrel with or without ports/threading. Storm Lake has QPQ barrels, ask Barth about his QPQ 357 barrel for his G27.
I never thought of that - getting a longer replacement barrel for a G23.
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Old 10-04-2012, 14:42   #39
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I'm in the process of selecting a .40 carry round. I really like the shootability of the 180gr HST. Need to order a few more 165gr of various brands though to compare with. Ranger-T in 165 is not easy to find.
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Does anyone know about .40S&W 155gr bullet velocities?
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