Federal HST in .40...

Discussion in 'Caliber Corner' started by Glock234Me, May 26, 2020.

  1. Borg Warner

    Borg Warner

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    180 grain HST or 175 grain Hornady Critical Duty which is more accurate in my gun.

    I've tried the 165 grain HST and it seemed to recoil more but 165 grains is the lightest weight I would ever use in a 40. Any lighter and you might as well be shooting a 9mm but with lower sectional density.
     
  2. G21FAN

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    Ever test the Short Barrel Gold Dot 180 grn? They seem to be an almost "one-holer" out of my early Gen III (1/1999) G23 at 25yds. Standard 180grn Gold-Dot at best does about a softball sized group.

    That and Ranger-T 180 is my carry/duty ammo.
     

  3. GlockFan7

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    I carried PDX1 for a while in 9mm and .40. .40 in 165gr was all I could get locally. When I made the all-caliber switch to HST, I went to 180gr.
     
  4. Glock20Power

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    HST 180 gr. I would like to say Win Ranger-T series. I love Win for all it's history etc. My trust in there what is supposed to be premium HP ammo has been shaken. My last two box's of Ranger-T series 165 gr had about 15 per box that are set back far into the case and very noticeable to the naked eye. Very upsetting!
     
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    165 grain over here. I see the ft lbs of energy on 165 vs 180...165 wins the matchup.
     
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    Within reasonable and highly probable self defense scenario of 15 feet or less engagement, I think either bullet weight will work just fine.
    If you felt the lighter bullet kicked less, then, that's the one I'd go for.
     
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    I can get 40 cal 180 HST for like 17.99 I like 180 . that`s 50 rd box
     
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    Yup! no set backs as well.
     
  9. TNOUTDOORS9

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    Never got around to that. For a couple of years there were a surge of requests for short-barrel ammo. Wasn't worth the effort. Granted, short barrel semi's are the EDC rage, but the non-short barrel loads work just fine. Nothing against the ammo companies or marketing....because I work in sales/marketing.....but everything comes back to marketing. Unfortunately, there is quite a bit of production effort, resources, and promotion spent on ammo choices that seem to be designed to fill catalog and website space. I just can't imagine that some of this stuff has enough market share to continue production.
     
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    OK, I appreciate you taking the time to answer. I found in my G23 that it is way more accurate than the standard for some reason.

    I sure do appreciate what you do and the work you've done on testing these loads!
     
  11. nikerret

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    Unless you got that right off the Winchester manufacturing line, it’s likely a handling issue. If a box of Ammo has something dropped on it, for example, that setback can occur.
     
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    Not to heavy not to light the 165gr is just right. If Federal can sell a 165gr .45 round you know a 165gr .40 round is totally OK weight wise.
     
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    180 HST is what I carry
     
  14. J Lee

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    HST 180 is my G23 hiking with the wife and dogs, carry load. Pretty sure Gold Dot and Winchester Ranger would get the job done but stocked up heavy with HSTs.