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Range report of various .40 loads

Discussion in 'Caliber Corner' started by Henry's Dad, Nov 1, 2012.

  1. Henry's Dad

    Henry's Dad woof, woof

    Hi all,

    It's been a while since I've had any real serious range time, so I took the afternoon and decided to blow through a bunch of different boxes I've stacked up over the past year (from gun shows, sales at Cabela's, WalMart bargains, etc.).

    There is absolutely nothing scientific about the data. It's just my personal impression of the stuff I had sitting in the cabinet after a year of not shooting much.

    The "fps/energy" ratings (where given) were from whatever was either on the box or what I found online. I did not personally chrono any of this ammo. Just thought I'd list it as a point of reference.

    This exercise really underscored for me the importance of getting a load that just feels right. Worry about who has the latest and greatest bullet design later. Some of these loads I could shoot all day. Others I never want to touch again.

    My ratings/rankings here are really all about the highly subjective "feel" of the rounds for me. Feel includes: how much I enjoyed shooting the ammo, how quickly I was getting back on target between shots, and how tight my groups looked when I was done.

    All shots taken from my G23 (my EDC) @ 7 yards, indoor range.

    I did a similar exercise with .357 mag ammo from my new SP101. Will have this info up soon in a separate post.



    Hornady 155 gr XTP; #9132; 1180/479; very tight group, all in 8 ring; like a lot

    Federal 155 gr JHP XM40HB; 1150/455; some kick but very tight grouping, all inside 8 ring

    Federal Classic 180 gr Hi-shok JHP “40SWA”; snappy but nice; 20 shots w/ 3 in 7 ring, but good center mass grouping

    Federal 165 gr hydra-shock JHP; P40HS3G; 980/352; nice, not too snappy; 20 rounds all inside 8 ring

    Winchester Ranger 155 gr JHP, “RA40”, nice and solid but not snappy; good center mass grouping within 7 ring w/ 25 rounds

    Didn’t like:
    Winchester Ranger 135 gr JHP “Q4368” bad patterning, high and left, 20 shots

    Winchester Supreme Elite 165 JHP Bonded Personal Protection; do not like, too punchy/snappy; 20 rounds

    Hornady TAP FTP 180 gr. a little snappy but not terrible; 950/361, good center mass grouping but just didn't "feel" great

  2. NEOH212

    NEOH212 Diesel Girl

    Mar 25, 2008
    North East Ohio
    If you get a chance, give the Ranger T-Series 165 grain a try. Also, check out the 165 grain Speer Gold Dot.

    Both are fantastic performing rounds with a great track record. I get nearly 1,150 fps from my Glock 22 with both loads. (The actual velocity was something like 1,146 fps but I rounded up for the sake of simplicity.)

    Those numbers should be pretty close to what you can expect out of your G23.

  3. Tiro Fijo

    Tiro Fijo

    May 31, 2011
    If you ain't shootin' a ragged hole at 7 yds. even with the crappiest of ammo it's the Indian & not the arrow.
  4. SCmasterblaster

    SCmasterblaster Millennium Member

    Sep 24, 1999
    Hartford, Vermont
  5. greenlion


    Jul 25, 2009
    North Carolina
    Thanks for the info. I need to get around to trying some of the newer 155 grain loads. I usually shoot the 180's and 165's.
  6. cowboy1964


    Sep 4, 2009
    155gr is too snappy and shallow penetrating for my taste.

    I agree that at 7 yards there really shouldn't be any difference in accuracy between ammo types. But I swear some ARE more accurate. But I can't shoot enough rounds to truly do a scientific test.

    I expected a lot more kick from the Winchester 135gr JHP but they are quite mild.
    Last edited: Nov 1, 2012
  7. digilo


    Apr 27, 2010
    Thanks for the report HD. I shot some Win PDX1 a week ago or so at the range, both 165 and 180, and the 180 was a little milder to shoot.
  8. bobtheelf


    Sep 3, 2012
    I found the same to be true. I much prefer the feel of the 180g.
  9. SCmasterblaster

    SCmasterblaster Millennium Member

    Sep 24, 1999
    Hartford, Vermont
    I am getting a G22 soon. I'll definitely try the 180s.