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Best .40 S&W rounds for self/home defense

Discussion in 'Caliber Corner' started by Ryan WA, Feb 7, 2013.

  1. Ryan WA

    Ryan WA

    Feb 6, 2013
    I recently got my first gun, a Glock 27 Gen 4. I was looking at self defense rounds and the sales guy at the gun store sold me a box to Zombie Max rounds, the name aside he said they have more rapid expansion so they won't go though a person or even walls. Though I live in a cheap apartment, I think anything would go though the walls easily. So my first concern is making sure the round does not go though the walls, while I don't expect the wall to stop any round, with the laser sight I am getting I shouldn't miss so as long as I can be certain the round won't go though the intruder that should work.

    The problem is the Zombie max rounds run about $1.50 a round with sales tax. Is the gun store guy right or just trying to sell me the most expensive stuff? Are traditional hollow points good enough? I would like a good affordable round so I can practice with the same rounds at the range. I would really like to shoot as much of my self defense ammo as I can at the range to get used to it and stay up on my accuracy with it but at the price I'd find it hard to.
  2. og23


    Jun 11, 2012
    I'm guessing there are tons of opinions on the matter and even being the noob that I am here I bet this has been discussed 10000000 on this forum. That being said, there are tons of tests on YouTube to help you make your own decision.

    I happen to like what the FBI carries and keep 180 gr pd1x under my bed.

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    Last edited: Feb 7, 2013

  3. G31

    G31 Millennium Member

    Jun 27, 1999
    NE FL
    Ryan, you need penetration to reach vital organs from different angles. It also helps to keep the bullet from deflecting off course too drastically. I would rather have something over penetrate than not hit the vital organs. To answer your question, you can't get a good defense round with low penetration; it's just not something that works. Just get any JHP you can afford and reliably find, as they all do the same thing. I can't even tell you how many people I've dealt with who were shot...there's no "best" bullet or caliber when it comes to pistols.
    Last edited: Feb 7, 2013
  4. ranger1968


    Mar 23, 2009
    Speer Gold Dot 165 grain.
  5. Ryan WA

    Ryan WA

    Feb 6, 2013
    I agree I just want to make sure to avoid over-penetration where the bullet could go into a neighbors apartment or though an exterior wall and hurt someone innocent. So its finding the balance of the right amount of penetration.
  6. G31

    G31 Millennium Member

    Jun 27, 1999
    NE FL
    Unless the wall is filled-cell block or brick, this will be a problem for all but frangible rounds or shot shells.
  7. LawScholar


    Aug 23, 2011
    165 or 180 grain. Choose one of these:

    Speer Gold Dot (I use 180s)
    Federal HST
    Winchester Ranger T-Series
    Winchester PDX1
    Remington Golden Saber

    A lot of people like the Hornady ammo (Critical Defense and Critical Duty). I don't care for it. I prefer ATK the most (Speer and Federal)

    Zombie Max is just green-tipped Critical Defense.
  8. cadillacguns

    cadillacguns Millennium Member

    Jan 20, 1999
    Indianapolis, IN USA
    IMHO Speer GDHP, Winchester PDX-1, or Federal HST. Any one of them in a 180gr loading is the schnizzle. Again my humble opinion.
    Last edited: Mar 14, 2013
  9. firefighter4215


    Nov 2, 2009
    The 155 and 165 grain versions usually have slightly more recoil than the 180 grain loads if that matters to you. They are marginally more powerful, too. I'm a fan of the Federal HST design. Gold Dots and PDX1 are the other two I'd prefer over everything else. But honestly I'd think that the Golden Sabers or the stuff from Hornady would work just fine.
  10. G23c


    Jan 23, 2009
    houston, texas
    these are the 2, in 180 gr. I have loaded in my HD and EDC.
  11. SCmasterblaster

    SCmasterblaster Millennium Member

    Sep 24, 1999
    Hartford, Vermont
    Check out CorBon .40 S&W ammo.

    [ame=""]COR-BON .40 S&W 165 gr Ammo Gel Test - YouTube[/ame]
    Last edited: Feb 7, 2013
  12. EOS


    May 30, 2012
    Central Kentucky
    I run 180gr PDX1 in my nightstand G22. PDXs are great from all the tests ive seen.

    I'd run 165gr or 180's in PDX, Gold Dots, Rangers or CorBons can't go wrong with any of those.
  13. SCmasterblaster

    SCmasterblaster Millennium Member

    Sep 24, 1999
    Hartford, Vermont
  14. Ryan WA

    Ryan WA

    Feb 6, 2013
    Thanks for all of your help, based on feedback here and some research on my own I am settling for Speer Gold Dots. I just haven't decided how many grains I should get, what are your thoughts on that?
  15. glock031


    Jun 18, 2010
    Winchester Ranger Bonded 180gr RA40B - I'm currently loaded with these, stocked up several years ago.

    Would feel secure with any of these

    Winchester PDX1 180gr
    Speer Gold dot 180gr
    Federal HST 180gr
    Rem Golden Saber Bonded 180gr

    Yea i prefer 180gr JHP
  16. Pepiot

    Pepiot ^^^Despises the nasty Hag

    Feb 18, 2007
    The Shop
    HST 180 grain is my carry in .40
  17. Southswede


    Sep 29, 2005
    I have personal experience with the Ranger SXT 180 grain. I don't hesitate to carry it or recommend it to others.
  18. clarkz71


    Aug 24, 2012
    South Florida
    I like 165gr for my 23. I think it's the best overall weight.

    Federal even has a 165gr hydra shock for 45acp
    Last edited: Feb 13, 2013
  19. mingaa


    Dec 3, 2011
    St. Louis, MO
    No lack of opinions here OR good rounds - someone mentioned brod similarities and what works for you ( AND your gun). Pick a few and try them!
  20. cadillacguns

    cadillacguns Millennium Member

    Jan 20, 1999
    Indianapolis, IN USA
    Trust me, 180 GR Speer GDHP, FED HST, Win PDX-1, whichever is more accurate in your Glock.
    Last edited: Mar 14, 2013