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Best .40S&W Self Defense Round?

Discussion in 'Caliber Corner' started by MrLawless1, Aug 28, 2012.

  1. MrLawless1


    Apr 13, 2012
    Hey all,

    I live in California (I know, I know...) and own a Glock 23. I only get 10 shots per clip.

    What is the best ammo for home defense (an apartment, actually) with no lines of sight more than 25 feet?

    How many rounds should I practice with using this ammo vs the Federal I normally shoot at the range (usually about 200-300 rds per trip)? Will I see a drastic difference in performance, recoil, grouping?

    Thanks in advance for helping me out. I'm new to shooting (bought my Glock in Feb) and appreciate all the advice you care to give me!!!

    PS- sorry if this info is in another thread. I kinda wish they'd break up the forums here by category a bit better....
  2. fortheboys


    Feb 21, 2004
    New Jersey

    You can start here but standby for several different answers.
    Research frangible rounds also but always make sure whatever you choose feeds in your gun with 100 percent reliability. Usually the lighter rounds in the caliber will penetrate less but it also depends on the design of the bullet.
    Good luck.

  3. glock2740

    glock2740 Gun lover.

    Jun 19, 2008
    NW Ark.
    I prefer 155gr Gold Dots, with 165gr Gold Dots being a close second, but there are many great SD loads for the .40S&W.
  4. DannyR

    DannyR Moderator Millennium Member

    Dec 17, 1998
    Roanoke, Virginia
    It's hard to tell, as dead people don't talk.:wavey:
  5. 2-tap


    Jul 18, 2012
    First lesson.....its not a "clip" its a magazine lol. Sorry had to do it.

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  6. jph02


    Jun 10, 2012
    I use Winchester Ranger Ts, 165gr for SD/HD. My range rounds are also 165gr so there's little to no difference in practice vs. real world application.

    Your Glock's not likely to have any issues with quality, name-brand rounds. It is a good idea to verify though, and I think it's helpful to put a box of your SD/HD rounds through the gun every now and then for your own experience with it.
  7. Winchester Ranger T-Series are usually available for relatively reasonable prices in bulk from places like That is my go-to round for SD in all pistol calibers.
  8. Andy W

    Andy W

    Dec 4, 2006
    Winchester Ranger-T 165 grain is very popular. That being said, being able to shoot your gun well and put rounds where they need to go is really more important than having the "best" self defense round.
  9. spcwes


    Feb 22, 2005
    Everyone in my area carry 165gr Gold Dots, the hotter version offered by CCI/Speer. I would recommend any Gold Dot loading though and the Ranger T stuff is great as well.
  10. OrGlocker


    Mar 8, 2009
    Salem, Oregon
    180 Grain Speer Gold Dot. If it's good enough for street cops to carry then it's good enough for me.
  11. honestly, any premium brand self defense load will work. find one that:

    1. feeds your pistol 100%
    2. shoots accurately from your pistol
    3. readily available
    4. cheap enough to practice with.

    good luck!
  12. byf43

    byf43 NRA Life Member

    Apr 13, 2006
    Southern Maryland
    We won't hold that against you.

    Any of the top name brands will do just fine.
    This is mostly personal preference.
    Me?? My G23 shoots Federal 165 gr "HST" extremely well, but, it digests Speer Gold Dots in the 165 gr weight, just as well.

    Practice as much as your wallet will tolerate, then go get a loan, and practice some more.
    Sorry. I don't mean to sound sarcastic (that's a first!), but, you cannot 'practice too much'!

    Practice. Practice. Practice.
    Concentrate on Front sight. Breath control. Trigger squeeze. Follow through. Repeat.

    I'm just a visitor, here. I don't make the rules, and I don't try to tell the site owner and admins how to run their place.

    Welcome to GT.
  13. fuzzy03cls


    Jan 28, 2010
    I carry either Ranger 180gr bonded JHP or 180gr Speer Gold Dot JHP.
  14. barth

    barth six barrels

    Oct 7, 2011
    The Free Zone
    155/156 gr
    Winchester Ranger T-Series
    Federal HST
    Speer GDHP

    Naturally make sure your gun will run with them.
    Also, if you're a perfectionist,
    some guns will favor one round over others.

    I'd feel confidant with any of the above.
    But have to admit a preference for Winchester Ranger T-Series 165 gr.
    Last edited: Aug 28, 2012
  15. Foxtrotx1


    Jan 29, 2010
    Scottsdale AZ
    Come on, we all know the 9 is way better.
  16. packinaglock

    packinaglock John 3:16

    May 1, 2007
    Loxahatchee Fl
    Same here.
  17. M 7

    M 7

    May 22, 2012
    Of course you did....'cause no one knew what the heck he was talking about 'til you helped us all out. :upeyes:
  18. Ranger45


    Jan 17, 2010
    North Carolina
    Currently using 180gr Speer Gold Dots, but have 165gr Winchester Ranger Ts on order.
  19. arushus

    arushus Biggest Member

    Jul 22, 2011
    NE Oklahoma
    For use in your apartment, Id go with 155gr HST's, and 180gr HST's for self-defense outside the apartment. Winchester Ranger T's are a close second for me, but all the evidence Ive read indicates that HST's handle barriers better, and penetrate and expand equally good or better than the Rangers. So even though civilians have little need for barrier blind loads, why not carry something that can do it all?

    Funny thing is, right now Im carrying Hornady Critical Duty rounds in my G27, theyre showing lots of promise!
  20. JW1178


    Jul 17, 2009
    So many good options out there for the .40S&W it's hard to give you a good answer. I carry the 180 HST's in my G27. I like the 165's and 155's in the Gold Dots. My G27 loves the Silvertip Winchester (SuperX) but they don't perform too well doing my own testing. So.... really, just pick a good, premium, JHP and make sure it works well. See what your local LEO carries, that's a good indicator.

    :upeyes: Thanks for the info, DORK.

    :rofl: That's what I was thinking, and look at his post count.
    Anyways, in CA, it might be a clip. I think Glocks shipped to CA have the sights mounted on the side don't they?

    Don't get the fanboys all excited, they have to quell their insecurities somehow.