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New to .40 S&W ammo. Need a little help, please.

Discussion in 'Caliber Corner' started by NkySpike, Jan 13, 2012.

  1. NkySpike


    May 1, 2011
    I'll be getting my new Glock 27 Gen4 here in a few days, and I will be needing to get some range/target ammo real soon.

    This will be my first time in the world of .40 S&W, so I'm still uncertain what to really look for in that type of ammo...

    I'm not sure what is considered a good price for, cheap-target .40 S&W ammo in a box of 50 or 100rds, and which is better to get it in, the 155gr, 165gr, or 180gr?

    I already own a Glock 19 Gen4 now, for about 6 months. So I have a good ideal what I'm looking for with the 9mm, but some what lost when it comes to the .40 S&W ammo.

  2. firefighter4215


    Nov 2, 2009
    I have a 22 and 27. For defense ammo, I like the 165 grain Winchester PDX1. Out of the 27 they chrono'd around 1,110 fps. As for target ammo, I think Walmart has had it for around $27/100 as of late. Others may find it a little cheaper online.

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  3. Quarter Tank

    Quarter Tank

    Aug 7, 2011
    Federal champion at Wally world is pretty good for 25 bucks per 100. its what I use and I buy a box a week.

    I get Speer Gold Dot .40 180 from my LGS for carry in my 22 and 27. however I have been buying Win PDX1 165gr at Wally world when I purchase my target ammo. can't ever have enough ammo, range or SD
  4. NG VI

    NG VI

    Feb 20, 2008
    Anything jacketed and cheap will be good for the Glock. For target ammo, you really can't go wrong, and in .40 you have the benefit of a pretty ideal defense caliber, the way it manifests is that you do not hae to be picky to find a great defense load.

    I like Federal's HST best, used to get it from, but HotPig here has and he's a great forum member, from what I have heard an excellent vendor as well. Ranger-T is another top of the line bullet, and the Gold Dot is pretty much the archetype of the service pistol defense bullet. PDX seems to be good too, though some people have said it's been clogging easier than the other best in class bullets.
  5. pauldunlop13


    Sep 22, 2011
    Aurora, CO

  6. G21MAN


    Jul 9, 2005
    Gilbert, AZ
    See the above thread for carry ammo choices for your .40 when you decide to look into that. I use WWB 180 grain FMJ for practice.
  7. collim1

    collim1 Shower Time!

    Mar 14, 2005
    For target ammo get whatever is the cheapest so that you can get as much practice as possible for your money. Glocks will generally feed even the cheapest ammo reliably as long as its in spec.

    For SD Winchester Ranger, Speer Gold Dot, or Federal HST are all great rounds. I prefer the 180g in .40 personally. Speer also makes a short barrel load for .40 but not sure that it would offer any benefit vs the standard 180g in a G27.

    The G27 is a great little carry gun, hope you enjoy it.
  8. aGlock4me


    Jan 17, 2005
    :bowdown:Federal HST 180gr
  9. tsmo1066

    tsmo1066 Happy Smiley

    Aug 31, 2004
    Houston, TX
    Look at Goergia Arms for some high-quality reloaded ammo. For range use, their "Canned Heat" line is very good - and you get a free ammo can!
  10. greenlion


    Jul 25, 2009
    North Carolina
    The G27 can be a handful with really hot defensive ammo. The old FBI load (a 180 grain bullet at 950fps) is still very effective, and is also very controllable. Look up published velocities on a couple of manufacturer's websites. Several manufacturers still load that round in both defensive and target shooting configurations.
  11. AWESOMO 4000

    AWESOMO 4000

    Dec 7, 2008
    Kinda hard to find a bad bullet in .40, though I'd stay away from the 135gr Ranger and HydraShock offerings.

    180 HST as others have said is fantastic, and always seems to be a bit warmer than the other 180gr rounds. For the lighter loads 155gr HST or regular old Plain Jane vanilla 155gr Federal Hi-Shok; consistent, inexpensive, and a great performer.

    Another interesting load - the 135gr CorBon JHP at 1325fps. Basically a bigger 125gr .357SIG/.357 Magnum. Some will freak out and claim it will frag and blow apart. It might at some point, but that hasn't stopped it from working as advertised.
  12. berfles


    Jan 22, 2012
    Whitehall, PA
    I just saw Federal .40 180gr at Walmart for about $25, said it was on some kind of sale. I didn't get any but I'm thinking I should now, what kind of difference am I going to feel having only shot 165gr before, anything? This is just for target shooting.
  13. NG VI

    NG VI

    Feb 20, 2008
    165 grain .40 loads typically come in two flavors, the full power loads rated in the neighborhood of 1150 feet per second, and reduced recoil ones which are usually about a hundred feet per second slower.

    180 grain loads should feel a little different in recoil, probably a little softer overall.