Best Ammo For .40 S&W

Discussion in 'Caliber Corner' started by SFCGrazier, Jan 8, 2010.

  1. Since I just got amazing feedback from you guys, I thought I might ask some questions that I have been wondering about for a long time. So what is the best ammo for my Glock 23 .40 S&W? I kinda already have a certain set of ammo, but i would like to hear what you guys use. Hey I also saw that some of you guys went to my website. Thank you very much.

    Home Defense?

    Range time?


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  3. My vote is for 180gr winchester PDX-1. Thats what FBI agents feed their 23's

  4. PEC-Memphis

    PEC-Memphis Scottish Member

    Home/Self Defense - Speer Gold Dot, Remington Golden Saber, Cor-Bon (generally the lightest bullet in the caliber and bullet design - my personal choice is the Remington 165 gr. GS) If you want to know the pros/cons, history and development of different designs pick up the book "Street Stoppers". With that said, there are no "magic bullets", good shot placement is the most important factor in handgun defense effectiveness.

    Range Time - Your own reloads, UMC, Winchester White box

    Accuracy - Generally, any of the above will be as accurate as you are unless you are at longer ranges and are a pretty good shooter - beyond these limitations, you may need to experiment a little.
  5. Fire_Medic

    Fire_Medic Polymer Butcher

    Winchester Ranger- T 180gr HP for SD defense.

    Range/practice ammo, I couldn't tell you as I reload my own ammo.

  6. Steel Head

    Steel Head Tactical Cat

    I've always had good results with Al case Blaser 165 & 180 fmj
    As for defend the fort stuff there is a lot of options and opinions
    Do some searching
    As long as it's 180 grains and jhp I wouldn't worry to much
    I use Win bonded 180 jhp white box-sorta cheap and a good performer
  7. I use Ga-arms .40S&W +P 180GR gold dots

  8. For SD/HD I use Doubletap Nosler 135gr and for range whatever is cheapest usually WWB from walmart does the trick for me
  9. texas 48

    Gold Member

    For carry any DT JHP 135,155,165 or 180 gr 38 dollars and change for box of 50. For range I reload my own when prices we low I bought 1500 rounds of CCI blazer brass. I prefer 165 gr DT golden sabers for SD in my G27 but in my G22 its DT 135 gr Noslers
  10. MarkCO

    Millennium Member CLM

  11. I thought they use Gold Dots...
  12. Federal HST's 180 or 165 gr, 2nd choice Gold Dots 180 or 165 gr
  13. crzn01

    crzn01 G23 Gen 4 (32)

    Same here........................
  14. 155gr hst and 180gr hst for SD for me.and 155gr gold dot.
  15. hotpig

    hotpig IAFF Local 4766

    They used to.
  16. DRT


    180gr Federal HST
    180gr /165 gr Winchester Ranger T series
  17. voyager4520

    voyager4520 -----

    I'd prefer, in this order:

    Federal HST
    Ranger T(tie between these top two)
    Winchester PDX-1/Bonded Ranger T(same thing, but the 180 Bonded T is loaded hotter)
    Hornady TAP FPD or Custom with XTP bullets
    Hornady Critical Defense
    Speer Gold Dot(tie between this and the Hornady's)
    Remington Gold Sabers
    Federal Hydra-Shock 155gr

    I usually prefer 165gr, but I'll take 180 or 155. With Federal Hydra-Shocks I'll take 155 over 180 any day. I have yet to see any 165gr Critical Defense locally as it's rather new, but it's the hottest stated factory velocity I've seen yet - 1175fps and 506ft/lbs at the muzzle from a 4 inch barrel.

    For FMJs I prefer American Eagle or PMC Bronze.
    #16 voyager4520, Jan 9, 2010
    Last edited: Jan 10, 2010
  18. RMTactical


    You should be fine with any of the premium loads by the most respected manufacturers. HST, Gold Dot, Golden Sabers, Ranger-T's, they are all good.

    I prefer 165gr but 180gr is good too.
    #18 Brucev, Jan 9, 2010
    Last edited: Jan 9, 2010
  20. Blitzer

    Blitzer Cool Cat

    CCW = Federal EFMJ
    Range = WW white box
  21. Joshhtn

    Joshhtn The eBay Guy
    Silver Member

    180 HST's for HD/SD

    Whatever I can find cheap for the range.

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