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Ammo Newbie - G23 carry/home defense

Discussion in 'Caliber Corner' started by Mrs. Algaroth, Jan 13, 2011.

  1. Mrs. Algaroth

    Mrs. Algaroth New Momma :)

    Jan 1, 2011
    Georgia, USA
    So Saturday I'm picking up my Gen 3 Glock 23 from my local gun shop. It's been on layaway for 2 weeks and I just NOW thought to ask about ammo.

    My husband had a glock 23 once, and the extent of my knowledge concerning his ammo was that he used hollow points.

    I'm only now learning that there's so much more to ammo than that, such as grain (I have no idea what this means). I'm sure there's a lot more to ammo than that, even.

    So people who have owned a Glock 23 (or another .40 glock) personally, what would you recommend for home defense and carry (mostly home, since I don't have a CCW permit, and the extent of my carry abilities will be keeping it in my vehicle)?? What's your preferred brand and type, and why?

    I know you're thinking "why don't I just ask my husband." I would, but I can't contact him as he's in BCT and unreachable. Chances are I won't get to talk to him before Saturday when I pick up my pistol.

    Also if anyone can redirect me to a helpful resource explaining into more detail types of ammo, it would be much appreciated. :)
  2. tc2129


    May 2, 2005
    Northwest Florida
    My Glock 23 has 180 gr. Gold Dots in it right now. I also use SXT's and HST's from time to time.

  3. G23c


    Jan 23, 2009
    houston, texas
    I use Federal HST, 180 grain or Winchester Ranger, 180 grain.
  4. Mrs. Algaroth

    Mrs. Algaroth New Momma :)

    Jan 1, 2011
    Georgia, USA
    so 2 suggestions for 180 grain - that's good to know.

    I've heard of with some guns, certain brands of ammo don't cycle properly.

    For instance this old yugo SKS we have has had issues with a certain brand of ammo because the primer was too hard (does that make sense, is that even a thing?? lol) or something like that...I don't remember.

    Like I said, I'm a newbie. Forgive my ignorance.
  5. robin303

    robin303 Helicopter Nut

    Sep 27, 2009
    Austin, TX
  6. Welcome to the forum. The .40cal is an excellent choice for personal defense.

    I like 180gr bonded, apparently the FBI does also because it awarded Winchester a multi-million dollar contract for their 180gr PDX ammo.

    If you've ever seen a 3XL or 4XL sized felon, then you'll understand why the 180gr.

    Bob :cowboy:
  7. Ak.Hiker


    Feb 8, 2005
    Homer Alaska
    You can not go wrong with any name brand 180 grain JHP. I have never found one my Glocks did not like. If someone gave me only one choice I would go with the Hornady 180 grain TAP.
  8. DWARREN123

    DWARREN123 Grumpy Old Guy Silver Member

    Jan 25, 2008
    Clarksville, Tn.
    Many excellent carry rounds out there. I use a jacketed hollow point from Remington, I get them at Wal-Mart.
    I have had a G23 and it fed all the ammo I could put in it but check to make sure any self defense ammo you use will work in your firearm.
    As to weight I like either 165gr or 180gr for 40 S&W in my Glocks. The weight of the bullets is in grains also the powder weight is measured in grains. 7,000 grains to a pound.
    The weight on the box is bullet weight, i.e. 165gr JHP means the bullet weights 165grain and is a Jacket Hollow Point.
    Hope we have helped and if you need any more help please ask.
  9. DocKWL


    May 15, 2009
    Use any one of the following that functions 100% in your weapon and practice, practice, practice:

    .40 S&W:
    Barnes XPB 140 & 155 gr JHP (copper bullet)
    Speer Gold Dot 155 gr JHP
    Federal Tactical 165 gr JHP (LE40T3)
    Winchester Ranger-T 165 gr JHP (RA40TA)
    Winchester Partition Gold 165 gr JHP (RA401P)
    Federal HST 180 gr JHP (P40HST1)
    Federal Tactical 180 gr JHP (LE40T1)
    Remington Golden Saber 180 gr JHP (GS40SWB)
    Speer Gold Dot 180 gr JHP
    Winchester Ranger-T 180 gr JHP (RA40T)
    Winchester 180 gr bonded JHP (RA40B/Q4355/S40SWPDB1)
  10. Mrs. Algaroth

    Mrs. Algaroth New Momma :)

    Jan 1, 2011
    Georgia, USA
    Such helpful answers, I appreciate it!
  11. TSAX


    Jun 5, 2010
  12. JBP55


    Mar 4, 2007
    Gold Dot, Ranger T or HST in 165gr. or 180gr.
  13. UnTainted


    May 8, 2007
    I know not many people chime in for gold dot 155 out of the glock, cause the recoil is fast, but I believe the impulse is less and I'm able to get back on target better with the 155 than with the 180, though the 180 is a tad more comfortable to shoot for extended periods.

    Plus, I just like that the 155 is going 1200 fps while the 180 is going 1025 fps, which isn't too shabby either. I guess it's cause I first got a 9mm (hi power) and my fav load was the 124 +P (still is), and if that "little" 124 grain is going bout 1250 fps, then 155 grains going bout that fast wouldn't be bad. Maybe if I'd started with a 1911 I'd be singing that the 180 grains is heavy like the 230 grain 45. I guess we'll never know.

    Because you said you'd be in a vehicle, I would say BONDED will do better if you have to shoot out from, through, cross, whatever involving a vehicle, because then the bullet won't shed its copper jacket; it stays stuck to the lead. Gold dot are great for this. i buy my gold dot from *gasp* but I'm mostly ordering 9mm gold dot for the zombie invasion. . .

    edit to add, my terrible bad: grats on the 23!!! My co-favorite glock (with the 29).

    and grats on the baby! I'm a father-to-be also, waiting for my son around late may! :)
    Last edited: Jan 14, 2011
  14. tx787


    Feb 11, 2010
    Cabelas has a boatload of Federal XM40HC which are 50 round plain white boxes of contract overrun 180gr JHP with HST bullets. These are another great option at a great price.
  15. Goodspeed(TPF)


    Jul 30, 2009
    The Cor-Bon 135gr loading is my choice for all of my .40S&W pistols.
  16. Z28ricer


    Aug 4, 2005
    Tampa, FL
    Fed HST

    Win ranger T

    Speer gold dot
  17. PghJim


    Apr 21, 2005
    Although I generally like a lighter-faster bullet for the 40 S&W, the 180gr has the least recoil and is very effective. The 155's and 165's can be a little harsh if you are recoil sensitive. When I carry my G23, it is usually loaded with Corbon 135gr. For the 155, 165 and 180, Gold Dots are a good bet, and you can find them at regular gun stores. If you internet shop, Fed. HST or Winchester T-Series cannot be beat. I really do not think there is a bad 40 load. If you have little experience with a gun as powerful as the 40, I would stick with the 180gr loads at first..