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what is the best .40 s&w SD load for the g22

Discussion in 'Caliber Corner' started by rome2240sw, Jun 6, 2010.

  1. rome2240sw

    rome2240sw GLOCKIN4LIFE

    Jun 5, 2010
    columbia, SC
    Im looking for opinions from those with more experience with glocks and .40 sw in general. In my own opinion i feel that the 165gr speer gold dots, 165gr winchester ranger and the 180gr Federal loads are 3 of the best SD loads for the .40 sw. Looking for info and insight from others.
  2. glock2740

    glock2740 Gun lover.

    Jun 19, 2008
    NW Ark.
    155gr Gold Dot fan here. But my second favorite is the 165gr Gold Dot.

  3. rome2240sw

    rome2240sw GLOCKIN4LIFE

    Jun 5, 2010
    columbia, SC
    Don Glock has me wanting to go and search for the PDX1's right now. As for the federal HST loads, I have only found them in 9mm and .45acp. In SC you can find the speer gold dots at any gun store. Mainly the ones that cater to LE or the ones that sale guns and gun supplies only. But i too agree with the 165gr speer GDs. good stuff. Yet to have tried the 155gr, but i feel more comfortable with the heavier loads.
  4. you're lucky! i've never found HST's in .45! :crying:
  5. Alchemy

    Alchemy Senior Member

    Jan 1, 2003

    If it makes you feel any better, I have a blood relative that works for the
    DEA. He's issued 165grn speer gold dots for his Sig 229. What ever
    make of pistol is irrelevant, It's the cartridge that makes the difference,
    whether It's Glock, Sig or what ever.
  6. En9999


    Mar 6, 2010 has a really good ammo faq in their handgun ammo forum. They recommend they following loads for sd:

    • Barnes all-copper bullets (140 & 155gr) loaded by: Cor-Bon (DPX40140)
    • Winchester Ranger 180gr JHP (RA40T)
    • Winchester Ranger 165gr JHP (RA40TA)
    • Winchester Partition Gold 165gr JHP (RA401P)
    • Winchester Bonded 180gr JHP (Q4355)
    • Speer Gold Dot 155gr JHP (53961)
    • Speer Gold Dot 180gr JHP (53962)
    • Federal Tactical 165gr JHP (LE40T3)
    • Federal Tactical 180gr JHP (LE40T1)
    • Federal HST 180gr JHP (P40HST1)
    • Remington Golden Saber 180 gr JHP (GS40SWB) (this is what I carry) S&W
  7. kendric98


    Oct 29, 2008
    This would get my vote as well.
  8. rome2240sw

    rome2240sw GLOCKIN4LIFE

    Jun 5, 2010
    columbia, SC
    Another round I can barely find in .40 sw, the Ranger T 180gr and 165 gr. Tried the a couple 155gr'ers from a friends box andd they had noticeably more kick than the heaver loads. But as far as the speer Gold Dots go you can never go wrong with the 165gr. But if my knowledge is true, are the 155gr Gold Dots the ones that come in the 50 box?
  9. cowboywannabe

    cowboywannabe you savvy?

    Jan 26, 2001
    depends on what you realistically expect to encounter.

    for police work a mid to heavy weight 165-180 gr. would be best.

    for just private citizen ccw a 135-140 gr. would give you plenty of punch without over penetration potential...

    all depends on what your real or percieved needs are.
  10. AK47Man

    AK47Man Expert Marksman

    Feb 7, 2007
    I have a G22 and a G27. I prefer Hornady Critical Defense 165gr and or Ranger SXT-T Series 165gr. Both are very wicked SD rounds. Federal HST's are a good choice too.
  11. Well, my certain department issues the 165gr Speer. Put it this way, the last 5 officer involved shootings there has been no court cases. There was even a windshield involved that didn't bother the round any.

    My vote will always be with the 165gr Speer .40

  12. Real world cases. That's testimony. :thumbsup:
  13. DWARREN123

    DWARREN123 Grumpy Old Guy Silver Member

    Jan 25, 2008
    Clarksville, Tn.
    I like a 180gr Gold Dot over 7.5gr of Longshot in R-P brass with a Ferderal small pistol primer.
  14. IndyGunFreak


    Jan 26, 2001
    Sigh... Not this garbage again

  15. IndyGunFreak


    Jan 26, 2001
    None of them are the best, None of them are the worst either. None of them are any good if you can't hit your target. Go get a couple boxes of each, and shoot them. Decide which one you are most accurate w/, what is reliable in your firearm, and what you can find, and go with that.

    Minor differences between ammo, aren't going to be making a big difference. Only "big" difference between them, is if you anticipate needing barrier penetration, at that point you'd want a bonded bullet.

    Last edited: Jun 7, 2010
  16. rome2240sw

    rome2240sw GLOCKIN4LIFE

    Jun 5, 2010
    columbia, SC
    Lately, i have been trying expansion test using various rounds. With outdated racks of ribs with 4 jugs behind them those where the best loads penetrating through the bone, flesh, and meat pack... others past through but either keyholed, barely expanded or fell apart. So I came up with those as the top .40 s&w rounds. Just top of the line compared to what i was shooting.
  17. DRT


    May 6, 2001
    180gr HST
    180gr Ranger T
    165gr Ranger T
  18. schiffer99


    Oct 11, 2004
    Its nice when the parties are able to settle the matter outside of court.
  19. AJSully421

    AJSully421 Armed Citizen

    Apr 19, 2007
    Fort Worth, TX
    Any load from any reputable manufacturer above 155 grains is just fine for CCW.

    If you could ever see yourself in any possible scenario where there is something more substantial than clothing between your muzzle and the bad guy's heart then you only really have to choose what loading of 180 grain you want.

    Sure, 155s will go through a windshield, but 180's do it better.

    180 HST in the gun, 180 Gold Dot in the spare mag.