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Old 03-14-2013, 08:52   #1
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What's a good 40 caliber grain to shoot?

I've recently switched from 9mm to 40 caliber with (hopefully) purchasing a Glock 23 gen 4 this Saturday. Like everyone else i've been having some issues with finding any 40 ammo let alone a certain grain.

But with that being said, I was wondering what grain would be best to shoot in a 40 caliber.

As always thanks for the help everyone.
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Old 03-14-2013, 09:05   #2
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180 seems to be perfect.

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Old 03-14-2013, 09:31   #3
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My Glock 23 shoots POA=POI with 180gr. Most of my ammo is 180gr PDX1, but I also have some 155gr Gold Dots. Would my Glock shoot higher or lower than POA with the 155's?
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Old 03-14-2013, 09:34   #4
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One way I have been getting ammo when its not on most store shelves is at the range. They always seem to have 180gr FMJ but they limit you to two boxes per visit.
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Old 03-14-2013, 09:41   #5
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One way I have been getting ammo when its not on most store shelves is at the range. They always seem to have 180gr FMJ but they limit you to two boxes per visit.
The .40/180gr penetrates real well.
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Old 03-14-2013, 09:50   #6
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Lots of good loads in 165gr and 180gr. You will also see those two weights are also very popular with LE.
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Old 03-14-2013, 10:04   #7
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I only shoot 180gr stuff (usually Federal or S&B) in my G23. And I reserve my 165gr rounds (Winchester white) for my conpensated longslide Glock.
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Old 03-14-2013, 10:06   #8
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Lots of good loads in 165gr and 180gr. You will also see those two weights are also very popular with LE.
You got that right.
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Old 03-14-2013, 14:58   #9
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my glock 22 like 180 grs
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Old 03-14-2013, 15:26   #10
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180 gr. is my first choice, 165 works well too.
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Old 03-14-2013, 15:50   #11
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Gun Tests reported that the Win 165 Gr an excellent defensive round


http://www.midwayusa.com/product/119...oint-box-of-20
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Old 03-14-2013, 15:58   #12
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155/165. Best of all worlds.
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Old 03-14-2013, 17:55   #13
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155 if you want speed, 180 if you want weight, 165 if you want to split the difference.
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Old 03-14-2013, 18:10   #14
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155 if you want speed, 180 if you want weight, 165 if you want to split the difference.
Go with the 180. It will penetrate through the winter clothing.
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Old 03-14-2013, 18:36   #15
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And a 155 @ 1200fps wont?


Personally in the 20+ years of shooting .40 I prefer a 155 or 165 over anything else

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And a 155 @ 1200fps wont?


Personally in the 20+ years of shooting .40 I prefer a 155 or 165 over anything else
It is a matter of sectional density. The 180gr bullet has a lot more sectional density.
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But saying a 155gr bullet won't penetrate winter clothes?
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Old 03-14-2013, 19:39   #18
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180 shoots best for me.
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Old 03-14-2013, 19:47   #19
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180 for me as well.
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Old 03-14-2013, 20:14   #20
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180 & 165 in that order.
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Old 03-14-2013, 20:54   #21
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My Glock 23 shoots POA=POI with 180gr. Most of my ammo is 180gr PDX1, but I also have some 155gr Gold Dots. Would my Glock shoot higher or lower than POA with the 155's?
I find the 180's shoot POA/POI in my guns,the 165's tend to shoot lower POI.
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Old 03-14-2013, 21:36   #22
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All these guys have it right. The 180 is almost always sub-sonic. Much more like a 45 in terms of recoil than 135 or 155 loads. 165 can be hot if loaded right (IMO) or very easy shooting if loaded closer to 180 gr. loads. FBI used to have Speer load a 165 GD and Lawman close to 180 velocities. When they changed, it was widely available and cheap. Perfect range ammo. 165 or 180 are good choices and quite different in terms of sound and recoil. 180's are the best for recoil shy and new shooters IMO. The 155 GD is a tough bullet and has a pretty good 'kick' to it but I like it a lot also. For max expansion with minimal recoil; HST 180 can't be beat.
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Old 03-14-2013, 22:22   #23
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Didn't LE stop using 155gr a few yrears back claiming excessive wear?
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And a 155 @ 1200fps wont?


Personally in the 20+ years of shooting .40 I prefer a 155 or 165 over anything else
Gold dot 155 with 1200 fps and almost 500 ft lbs. Seems about as ideal as possible. And enough penetration being its bonded.
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Old 03-15-2013, 12:06   #25
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In my 23 I run 180 HST's, I find the recoil better than 165's. In my 229 I run 165 GD's, the ergo's of the SIG make it much more comfortable with the higher velocity load.
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