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Federal HST 155 grain

Discussion in 'Caliber Corner' started by KoalKing, Sep 23, 2012.

  1. KoalKing

    KoalKing

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    Has anyone measured the velocity or have data on the HST 155 XM40HB? I picked up a few boxes and noticed right away these seem to be very hot!

    Secondly, I heard these are contract overruns from the border patrol, any truths to this?

    I'm thinking about making these my new carry round for my 27!
     
  2. Tiro Fijo

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    IMO, the best .40 S&W HST round there is.
     

  3. packinaglock

    packinaglock John 3:16

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    I carry the 155g Gold Dots in my .40's they are a little warm as well.
     
  4. JW1178

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    I like the 155gr rounds in .40 but the .40 bullet opens so fast and wide even at lower velosities, I'm afraid it might not penetrate very well.
     
  5. ABNAK

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    I don't know about the XM40B loads, but regular Federal 155gr HST's were giving me 1099fps average from a 3.2" barrel (Walther PPS). Obviously the velocity would be higher out of a 4" barrel, and maybe the XM40B is loaded hotter, I don't know for sure.

    The best expanding .40 HST is the 180gr loading. I've tested both in meat through denim and the 180gr opened wider. This is likely because of the 180gr having the skives in the bullet jacket cut all the way down to the case mouth whereas the 155gr doesn't have them cut as far down.

    I know it seems couterintuitive but buller design seems to be trumping velocity as far as expansion goes, at least in the HST.

    I'd really like to get some of the USBP Remington 155gr'ers that were loaded to 1250fps specs. Don't know if you'd even be able to find them though.
     
  6. avenues165

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    I have been using the Fed 165gr HST for a little while. I don't have a chronograph, but they don't feel particularly warm. Similar to Fed 165gr AE.

    I have no experience with the 155gr or 180gr HSTs.
     
  7. Beretta92guy

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    same here, that is my CCW load....very hot!!!
     
  8. cowboy1964

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    Another advantage to 180's is they shoot softer than I ever thought a .40 could.
     
  9. Yankee2718

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    The HST line is spec'd at pretty low velocity overall. The 180's are on par with the rest of the industry, but the 165's spec'd to 1130 and the 155's to 1160 is a little slow. The 180's are the only load of HST that actually make near close to claimed velocity. I haven't chronographed these rounds, only lots of research and googling.
     
  10. avenues165

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    IIRC, those that have chrono'ed both the 165 and 180 have found there isn't a lot of difference in velocity between the two. I am starting to believe those that claim that the 180 HST is the way to go in the HST line for .40.
     
  11. Yankee2718

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    Thats exactly what I was getting at. The 180s seem to be doing the best at meeting claimed velocity.
     
  12. SCmasterblaster

    SCmasterblaster G17 carrier since 1989 Millennium Member

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    I bet that the CorBon offering in 155gr .40 S&W would have the top velocity. They make an excellent product.
     
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  13. avenues165

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    My .40 load used to be the Corbon 165gr JHP. I like how it shoots, I just don't like paying as much as it costs.

    From now on it's only the stuff I can get in 50rd boxes.
     
  14. SCmasterblaster

    SCmasterblaster G17 carrier since 1989 Millennium Member

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    CorBon is expensive. . . . :upeyes:
     
  15. ABNAK

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    They load a 150gr, not a 155. They also manufacture their own bullets since Sierras were getting hard to come by.
     
  16. SCmasterblaster

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    So Corbon makes their own bullets? That is interesting . . . . :cool:
     
  17. ABNAK

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    Yep, per one of their tech guys I talked to a couple of years ago. Seems Sierras were getting hard to get for reloading components so they designed their own cup-and-core bullet to mimic the Sierra. Actually looks like a cross between a Sierra and a Nosler.
     
  18. SCmasterblaster

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    It may have been caused by Sierra's relocation from CA to MO. :dunno: