close

Privacy guaranteed - Your email is not shared with anyone.

40 S&W and 9mm accuracy

Discussion in 'General Glocking' started by Ski2me, Jul 24, 2012.

  1. Ski2me

    Ski2me Glock Envy

    Joined:
    Apr 11, 2012
    Messages:
    88
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    SE Idaho
    I need some advice from the experts here. I'm shooting 40 S&W and 9mm in my Glocks. I've been shooting factory Federal rounds and my lead reloads. In every instance my groupings at 15 yards are a lot tighter with the 9mm. Is this typical of caliber or should I be looking at other factors?
     
  2. scccdoc

    scccdoc

    Joined:
    Dec 28, 2011
    Messages:
    1,394
    Likes Received:
    1
    If it's stock barrels, hope you're shooting "plated" lead.

    I have a Keltec 40 cal carbine and at 25 yds, iron sights, I can put a 5 shot group in a 1 1/2 in. sticky target. I would say from that, you are probably flinching anticipating the recoil of the 40. Shoot with what you are most accurate ........... I reload my 40's with a minimum load to help my accuracy. DOC
     

  3. Two Guns

    Two Guns VIP MEMBER

    Joined:
    Nov 4, 2004
    Messages:
    3,335
    Likes Received:
    5
    Location:
    NH
    That is some good shooting.
     
  4. 1canvas

    1canvas

    Joined:
    Feb 17, 2008
    Messages:
    3,211
    Likes Received:
    134
    Location:
    The Great State of Ohio
    its actually not the caliber, it the fact that it a lighter caliber and most people shoot the lighter calibers better. also in the 9mm most target loads are much lighter than quality SD loads. with the .40 most target loads are pretty warm and close to SD loads. most guns are more accurate than any shooter, its that some guns and calibers are easier to shoot. load some hot +P SD loads in the 9mm and your groups will open up.
     
  5. scccdoc

    scccdoc

    Joined:
    Dec 28, 2011
    Messages:
    1,394
    Likes Received:
    1
    From a rest to test sight accuracy..........wish I was that good!
     
  6. SJ 40

    SJ 40

    Joined:
    Jan 17, 2011
    Messages:
    14,830
    Likes Received:
    5,493
    Location:
    Vermont
    I never have nor do,just good cast lead bullets and always in factory Glock barrel.
    The Glock barrel leads far less than my Sub 2 K,98 % less . SJ 40
     
  7. scccdoc

    scccdoc

    Joined:
    Dec 28, 2011
    Messages:
    1,394
    Likes Received:
    1
    I don't doubt you, but my understanding is that Glock does not recommend lead bullets. What is your cost/ 1000 for the lead?
     
  8. SJ 40

    SJ 40

    Joined:
    Jan 17, 2011
    Messages:
    14,830
    Likes Received:
    5,493
    Location:
    Vermont
    Well seeing as how I am a third partner in a small casting operation just my time.Last time I bought some commercially IIRC I paid 78.00 shipped,but it's been a couple of years and I know that's what they would be worth to me.

    The one thing I would recommend to any one shooting lead is to clean your barrel properly between lead and jacketed or vice versa.If all barrels cleaned up as easily or well as Glock factory barrels people wouldn't complain about cleaning up after shooting lead.
    Other than that Enjoy. SJ 40
     
  9. fuzzy03cls

    fuzzy03cls

    Joined:
    Jan 28, 2010
    Messages:
    2,879
    Likes Received:
    32
    Location:
    Florida
    Pretty much...
    Although I shoot my .40's better then 9mm. Comes down to what fits the shooter better. Type of gun, & rds downrange tell more then caliber.
     
  10. ignantmike

    ignantmike

    Joined:
    May 14, 2008
    Messages:
    1,555
    Likes Received:
    85
    Location:
    ohio
    i don't own a 40...but, i do own a 10mm.....now that thing is accurate:supergrin:
     
  11. JBP55

    JBP55

    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2007
    Messages:
    9,669
    Likes Received:
    262
    Location:
    Louisiana
    a .40 L.
     
    Last edited: Jul 24, 2012
  12. MonsterB

    MonsterB

    Joined:
    Dec 18, 2009
    Messages:
    664
    Likes Received:
    0
    Personally I have found I shoot 40 better than 9mm, through thousands of rounds through simialar Glocks. Mybest shooting partner shoots his 40 Sig better than the same model 9mm s well. Its just the way it is, both of us shoot guns in just about every caliber frequently and it has been this way for years. In spiteof shooting probably 4 times the amount of 9 as 40. I am a big 40 fan nowadays.
     
    Last edited: Jul 24, 2012
  13. Ski2me

    Ski2me Glock Envy

    Joined:
    Apr 11, 2012
    Messages:
    88
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    SE Idaho
    I'm shooting with Lone Wolf barrels and load a middle of the road charge. I don't feel I flinch with either pistol. The 9mm has a 3.5 lb. trigger pull and the 40 has a standard trigger. I've shot over 1500 rounds in the last three months. I’m just really stumped. I don’t know what to work on. Any suggestions?
     
  14. ithaca_deerslayer

    ithaca_deerslayer

    Joined:
    Jul 11, 2000
    Messages:
    20,305
    Likes Received:
    5,209
    Location:
    Upstate NY, USA
    You haven't said what your group sizes are.

    For example, I can take my Glock 17 and sit at a bench, resting the gun on sandbags, and slowly and carefully shoot 2" groups (5 shots). Have you tried to do that yet? That will give you a baseline of what your gun is capable of.

    So many of these threads start out with all kinds of accuracy questions, and the shooter has never even sat the gun at a bench to establish a baseline.
     
    Last edited: Jul 24, 2012
  15. Dawolf

    Dawolf

    Joined:
    Sep 18, 2010
    Messages:
    1,147
    Likes Received:
    5
    Location:
    Arizona
    I seem to shoot more accurately with my Sig 229 in .40 than I do with my 32 (with .40 barrel). I definitely shoot my 19 better than the 32. I am guessing the heaviness of the Sig is a factor. FYI the 32 with the .357 barrel beats them all!
     
  16. eric2684

    eric2684

    Joined:
    Jun 4, 2008
    Messages:
    36
    Likes Received:
    0
    Depends on the shooter. If you can "pretend" that you are about to shoot a dud, then you will stop flinching. I shoot better with a hot, high quality 124gr+P then with a FMJ 115 grain any day.