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Need a mild 40S&W factory load

Discussion in 'Caliber Corner' started by Marshal Sam Hol, Nov 7, 2011.

  1. Marshal Sam Hol

    Marshal Sam Hol

    Jul 14, 2008
    NE Ark.
    First, I am NOT recoil sensitive...I am a retired LEO, and my carry piece is a G23. I have shot 180 gr. to 135 gr. and I can't tell a nickle's difference in them. My sister had picked the gun she wants for her CHL, a Ruger P94 in 40 S&W. She NEEDS a lighter recoiling load....Any recommendations???
    Thanks for you opinions...
  2. Brucev


    Jul 19, 2009
    I use and enjoy a Glock 22RTF. I find it shoots well w/ just about any bullet weight. I have found I enjoy the Win. 165 gr. FMJ load a little more than any of the other commonly offered loads. I do think i is a very comfortable load to fire, even in extended sessions. Of course that is just my perception. Recoil is not just the physical "kick" but also the consequences of muzzle blast, flash, etc. I use both ear plugs and ear muffs which serve to greatly reduce any fatigue from such effects.

  3. SPIN2010

    SPIN2010 Searching ...

    Mar 14, 2010
    On the move ... again!
    I have been using a 180gr FNP TCJ w/5.8gr AA#5 1.125 and it is very nice to shoot out of a G23 or a P229 (.40) handgun.
  4. GiveMeLiberty


    Jun 14, 2011
    I have found the Federal 135gr. HST to be rather light in terms of recoil. Product code is XM40HA & it can often be found at Walmart for about $22 for a box of 50. Note that It does not say HST anywhere on the package (just "jacketed hollow point), but it is a HST bullet with a brass case. Tests I've seen online have it performing at about 1150fps (4" barrel) & 10" penetration through 4-layers of denim with consistently high expansion.

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    Last edited: Nov 7, 2011
  5. Marshal Sam Hol

    Marshal Sam Hol

    Jul 14, 2008
    NE Ark.
    Thanks for all the replies...
  6. dkf


    Aug 6, 2010
    Maybe take a look at the Speer Gold Dot #23974. Its their short barrel load and uses a 180gr bullet going around 975fps out of 4" barrel. This round should have less snap and more of a push for recoil. Plus the gold dot is an excellent bullet and you will be sure to get plenty of penetration with the 180gr bullet. The Hornady 180gr TAP CQ I would look at also. It uses a 180gr bullet @ 950fps in a 4" barrel.(Will more than likely chrono in the low 900fps)
    Last edited: Nov 7, 2011
  7. Glockbuster


    Jun 30, 2005
    Middle America
    Agree with the above post. You did not mention if your sister needed ammo for practice or carry. Some of the advice provided pertains to practice ammo but for personal protection I'd recommend the gold dot short barrel.
  8. JohnnyReb

    JohnnyReb Lifetime Member

    Sep 20, 2004
    The 165 gr hydra-shok load is very mild. My SO issued this for a long time, as well as the Maryland State Police.
  9. barth

    barth six barrels

    Oct 7, 2011
    The Free Zone
    I know normally heaver bullets mean more recoil.
    But velocity has a lot to do with it as well.

    I've shot a lot of manufacturer bullets in 135/155/165/180 weights
    and find Speer GDHP Short Barrel 180 gr one of the softest to me.
    And that's out of a three inch barrel MK40 Elite.
    Last edited: Nov 7, 2011
  10. greenlion


    Jul 25, 2009
    North Carolina
    The 165gr Hydra-shok at 980fps, and Speer Gold dot 180gr at 950fps are both very controllable, as stated be previous posters.