40 S&W what grain??

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  1. panzer1

    panzer1 NRA MEMBER

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    Hello there I would like to know what grain bullets you like & carry in the 40S&W caliber & why? I have been carrying the 180gr but is this the better gr? Its like I always use 230gr in my 45's. Thanks.
     
  2. khufford

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    I carry 180gr too, I like the heavy bullets. Heavier bullets also generally mean less felt recoil, especially in smaller guns. Some people like the lighter, hotter loads, but I'd prefer to be able to get my sights back on target quickly for a second shot... :)
     

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    I run 180grn SXTs in all my 40sw pistols.'08.
     
  4. DWARREN123

    DWARREN123 Grumpy Old Guy

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    180gr then next is the 165gr in a good JHP.I reload my own and they run very well.
     
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    I prefer 180 grain bullets. The recoil feels softer to me and my Glock 23 seems to prefer 180 grain bullets when it comes to accuracy.
     
  6. Joshhtn

    Joshhtn The eBay Guy Silver Member

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    Another vote for 180.
     
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    180's here as well. HST if I can find it.
     
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    I also use 180 grain bullets.
     
  9. piebiter

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    There's always one in the crowd...I favor CorBon's 140 grain DPX solid copper JHP's. I like the velocity/penetration/expansion of this round.
     
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    I typically like 180 gr but have been known to use 165 gr before.
     
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    the lowest for me is 165, but i usually carry 180's..
     
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    I like 180s, though I still have some 165 JHPs & FMJs
     
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    165's or maybe 155's. I like a little spice in 'em!
     
  14. CanyonMan

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    Others have their favorites, we all do actually. Mine is 180gr in the PDX1 or 180gr Gol Dot, Or XTP's. Why? I like heavy for caliber. Like you with the 230gr in the 45acp, I like the 180gr in 40 cal, and 147gr in 9mil. The heavier gr bullets will give you a better chance of penetration. If they open up, (most don't) but if they do fine, but at least you have momentem to make sure it gets where it needs to go. Expansion is always a plus. But i really don't count much on it in the real world senerio.


    Good shooting




    CanyonMan
     
  15. thegriz18

    thegriz18 Paper Killer

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    I'm a fan of the 165 grain Ranger T or PDX1 load. Both shoot well in my pistol and perform well in my testing. I am thinking about trying out the new Double Tap 140 Gr Tac-XP load. I find that while 180 grain rounds penetrate very well, and expand, the 165 grain bullets penetrate as far as the 180's and seem to have more energy dump on impact. JMO, YMMV.
     
  16. katana8869

    katana8869 NativeFloridian

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    Very well said. I was going to state that I also prefer heavy for caliber bullets for all of the above reasons. CanyonMan beat me to it though! :cool:
     
  17. CanyonMan

    CanyonMan In The Saddle

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    Thank you sir...

    Guess i was quick on the draw today. Ha. ;)



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  18. boomhower

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    Another fan of 180gr here as well, Gold Dot's to be more specific.
     
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    I also use the 180's but it's really what you shoot the best. Practice, and then stick with the same weight. I just happen to get the best group with the 180's

    TK
     
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    I like 180 grain the best for my G-23 due to proper recoil impulse, easier followup shot, POA/POI setting and less factory variations (all factory loads are 180 and velocity not much different from 1,000 fps) thus similar recoil impulse (good for muscle memory).