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what .40 grain do you guys like and why?

Discussion in 'Caliber Corner' started by GoBigOrange, Jun 27, 2010.

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  1. GoBigOrange

    GoBigOrange

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    I really don't want to turn this into a pissing contest but I'm curious what grain you all prefer.

    I currently have Hornady Tap 180 grain but I was thinking about switching to Gold Dots. Only problem is that they offer 3 weights to choose from.

    So lets hear it! :2gun:
     
  2. coal

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    9mm = 147
    40 = 180
    45 = 230

    Heavy for caliber is my preference.
     

  3. thegriz18

    thegriz18 Paper Killer

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    165. IMO, the optimized 40 load. The 155 gold dot is also a very good choice. I'd probably opt for the 155 gold dot over the 165. For everything else, 165. I wish Winchester would make a 155 grain Ranger T/PDX1 load.
     
  4. pimuk

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    The 180 grainer in Glock 23 due to the recoil impulse characteristic and my impressed accuracy.
     
  5. fredj338

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    I'm in the 165gr compromise camp. Enough weight for good penetration & enough vel to sustain penetration after good expansion. Recoil is about the same as the 180gr but seems less than the 155gr.
     
  6. dougader

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    Yeah, but will it "perforate?" LOL....:rofl:
     
  7. :wow::rofl::rofl: That's funny!!!

    I bought Winchester's 180gr PDX ammo for my significant other's FNP-40, but I/we don't have any real world experience with it.

    Welcome aboard.

    Bob :cowboy:
     
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  8. dougader

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    I'm glad you think so. Hope Fred takes it that way, too. I was laughing as I typed it. :)

    When I was young I liked the light and fast stuff, too. :upeyes:

    I tend toward middle of the road and heavier bullets now. Don't have a 40, but the 10 got the 165 as my most carried load. 200 grain xtp's or hardcast slugs for woods carry.
     
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  9. Angry Fist

    Angry Fist Dehumanizer® Lifetime Member

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    180 for .40... I like heavier .40's

    155 TAC-XP for 10mm... Perfect balance of power and expansion. Nice cavity. 100% Weight Retention. :thumbsup:

    [​IMG]
     
  10. 167

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    Depends on the bullet. Some work better in different weights than others.
     
  11. cadillacguns

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  12. collim1

    collim1 Shower Time!

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    I agree. I am issued and required to carry 165g Gold Dots, but would prefer the 180.

    I carry the 147g Gold Dots in the G26 as a BUG/off-duty weapon.
     
  13. GunFighter45ACP

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    I've got Hornady 180s in my G27 these days. Out of my gun, they offer good accuracy & seem to work well in terms of the relation between recoil & handling it's effects w/a shorter barrel & framed gun. If I were packing a G22 though, I might go w/something lighter & faster to get more expansion & the size/weight of that gun may help w/recoil control a little better, too.
     
  14. glocksterr

    glocksterr DirtyGlockHippy

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    i would rather be shot with a 9mm than a .40, if i had a choice.


    :whistling:
     
  15. fredj338

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    I'ld rather not be shot, but if someone let me choose, it would be the smallest caliber available, or a 135grJHP @ 1500fps that explodes on my belt buckle:whistling:. Bigger bullets make bigger holes.:supergrin:
    They all perforate, some just deeper than others.
     
  16. HydraShok

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    I carry 180gr Win USA JHP. By my thinking penetration is mandatory if the vitals and especially the CNS are to be reached, expansion is gravy. I'll take expansion, but not at the expense of penetration, this is why I prefer the 180.
     
  17. I've carried 155gr and 165gr Gold Dots.
     
  18. Bullet design is more important then bullet weight.

    The good news about the .40 S+W is that since it is the most common round used in American Law Enforcement it gets more R+D then any other handgun caliber. So there really aren't any bad .40 S+W JHP's out there. As long as it functioned well in my gun I wouldn't be that concerned about which brand of JHP I was carrying in a .40 S+W.

    As far as bullet weight goes, folks have been arguing the heavy and slow vs light and fast since cave men started throwing rocks.

    If you want to avoid the silly arguments just pick a middle weight for caliber bullet (155-165 gr. in the .40 S+W) in one of the "premium" lines, check to make sure they function 100% by firing 100-200 rounds through your gun and don't worry about it.
     
  19. CanyonMan

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    Amen to the BLUE !

    To the rest... :rofl: That was funny fred. ;)


    P.S. to the OP in staying with the thread. I am 'heavy for caliber'. If I were to carry a .40cal it would be 180gr XTP.


    Stay safe fred !



    CM
     
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  20. fredj338

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    Words to live by.:supergrin: