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Carry round for a new G23?

Discussion in 'Caliber Corner' started by Ian, Oct 27, 2010.

  1. Ian

    Ian Millennium Member

    Dec 16, 1998
    Having finally “bitten the bullet” I have purchased a 23, after many years carrying Glock 9's and 45's.
    I have noticed that +P or +P+ do not seem to be available in 40, so what do you all recommend for a reliable carry round?
    I usually prefer a lighter bullet with more speed.
  2. samuse


    Jul 30, 2008
    South TX
    Have you shot it yet? It feels +p or +p+.

    165 grain Gold Dots usually work pretty well.

  3. voyager4520

    voyager4520 -----

    Apr 25, 2009
    SE Colorado
    Of the lighter grains I like 155gr Federal Hydra-Shock and 155gr Hornady TAP FPD/Custom with XTP hollow points. (TAP FPD is nickel-plated brass, Custom is just regular brass but otherwise both loads are exactly the same)

    A lot of people like 135gr Corbon, but good luck finding any.

    My personal favorites would be 180gr Ranger T, 165gr Gold Dot, and 165gr PDX1.
    Last edited: Oct 27, 2010
  4. Ian

    Ian Millennium Member

    Dec 16, 1998
    Yes, shot it the other day, but haven't tested it extensively yet.
    Don't think it will shoot as quickly as the nine's, sights seemed to take longer to recover. But who knows?
    Thanks for the ideas, I will try and get some 135 Corbon.
  5. Daryl in Az

    Daryl in Az Enjoying life!

    Aug 31, 2007
    I've shot Federal HST's, Winchester Rangers, Speer Gold Dots, and several other bullets from mine. Seems to handle them all without any issues.

    Pick one that you prefer, and go for it. Any of the current SD ammo is pretty decent stuff; I keep Federal 155 grain HST's in mine for every-day-carry..

  6. Ian

    Ian Millennium Member

    Dec 16, 1998
    Buds has some 135 Corbon
  7. BOGE

    BOGE Millennium Member

    Mar 21, 1999
    Corbon DPX 140 gr.
  8. thegriz18

    thegriz18 Paper Killer

    Jun 17, 2007
    Friend Zone
    Pretty much any 40 load is decent. Even UMC and WWB JHP are ok. It's hard to screw the .40 up. I prefer 165 or 155 grain bullets, but 180's are fine too. You can go searching for the latest whiz bangs and get some good stuff. I use Ranger T 165, PDX1 165, Fed HST 135. If I were you I really wouldn't break my back looking for this stuff. Just go buy a 100 round value pack of UMC 180 gr JHP and a ton of FMJ rounds and call it a day. Those UMC rounds spit out around 1000fps, open up pretty well too. If that less than 1% happens to you the rounds you are shooting will probably be moot. Practice, practice. If you can easily find some of the great stuff, good, jump on it. If not, don't worry about it. It's all lead and copper at a semi high speed.
  9. IndyGunFreak


    Jan 26, 2001
    If you're a "Speed Kills" kinda guy, just about anything from Corbon will make you happy.

  10. tc2129


    May 2, 2005
    Northwest Florida
    I use Gold Dot's in my G23. Also have carried Winchester Rangers in mine as well.
  11. thegriz18

    thegriz18 Paper Killer

    Jun 17, 2007
    Friend Zone
    I have some of those Fed 135 HST rounds. The only thing keeping me from loading up is the velocity. TNoutdoors9 got 1152fps from a G22. DJNiner got 1242fps from a G22. That is a 90 fps difference. If the average is around 1220fps that's relatively hot. 1152 is really 9mm ballistics in a .40. If I wanted the 9mm I'd carry a G19... Just saying. Anyone have more chrono data on that round?
  12. Eagle22


    Feb 6, 2009
    Raleigh NC
    for double or triple taps I was faster at reacquisition of the target with the 165 and 180 vs the 135 HSTs.

    Federal HST 165 gr or 180 gr
    Gold Dot 180 gr

    are what I have. Would like to try some of the Winchester Ranger Ts
    Last edited: Oct 30, 2010
  13. DonGlock26


    Jan 18, 2001
    165gr RangerT for me, but most .40 jhp's will do an excellent job.
  14. G23c


    Jan 23, 2009
    houston, texas
    for some reason, the 180 gr. loads shoot better for me. I keep mine loaded with Ranger T or Federal HST.
  15. DWARREN123

    DWARREN123 Grumpy Old Guy

    Jan 25, 2008
    Clarksville, Tn.
    I would not want to be shot with aa 40 cal pistol no matter what cartridge/round was used. Try as much SD ammo as you can and see which you like best.
    I reload a 175gr SWC for my Glocks and really, really would not want to get shot with one of them!
  16. Any of the following have proven to show excellent terminal ballistics in testing.

    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)
  17. packinaglock

    packinaglock John 3:16

    May 1, 2007
    Loxahatchee Fl
    I have 165g Ranger T's in mine on my hip as I type. :supergrin:
  18. +1. Don't sweat it. Use Anything on this list that is accurate and works best in your gun.
  19. RYNOCG201


    Nov 29, 2009
    I rotate between 155 Gold Dots, 165 Ranger T series, 180/135gr HSTs in mine. All function fine. It is hard to go wrong with anything from one of the reputable companys. If I were to choose one though it would be the 155gr Gold Dots.