Glock 22 ammo recommendations?

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  1. GryffinG22

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    Hi, I am getting my Glock 22 after the waiting period is over, but I am wondering if anyone could recommend any specific ammo? I'm not sure what to go for, since I've seen several different brands and I don't know how the different rounds affect firing. Thanks for any help.
     
  2. timbob

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    In my experience, out of my g22:

    155gr Hornaday JHP - great accuracy within self defense range, consistent expansion, good penetration. i prefer these for my every day carry, just a personal preference. flawless performance.

    180gr Speer Gold dot JHP - no trouble hitting targets at 60 yards. hot & heavy and still very accurate < 10yd range. most people who carry g22s would probably recommend this round for SD. flawless performance.

    180gr Federal American Eagle FMJ - good for target, acceptable (your preference) for SD. i think they're kind of weak and have had a couple of extraction issues with this particular brand.

    165gr WWB target FMJ - define: plinking.

    If you've never fired a g22, you're kind of in for a treat. The .40 S&W is considered a large caliber, essentially, as most people describe, a cut-down 10mm Auto. Now, .45 ACP is a large caliber as well, but the recoil generated by the round (when fired out of a glock or any recoil action pistol) is far different from the recoil generated by a .40 S&W fired out of a recoil action pistol. In a comparative sense, the recoil felt from firing a g21 is much like an upward flip recoil, where as the g22 feels like catching a fastball in the palm of your hand. Less flip, more snap in a g22/.40 S&W.

    The Speer and Hornaday rounds will give you more snap than the others I listed, with the correlation being a more powerfully charged round.

    In short:

    lighter rounds are have more accuracy up close and less down range. generally better penetration factors.

    heavier rounds less accurate up close, a bit more power behind them and carry well down range

    the amount of recoil you feel will lie within the quality of the ammo you pick. JHP is generally hotter, some rounds are marked +P (high-pressure) and it always varies between manufacturer and even product number. federal makes ammo specifically for wal-mart with the ammo box numbers all marked with WMXXXX.
     
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    No problems what so ever with Federal 180g or 165g out of my Glock 22.
    I shoot Federal 180g most of the time as I can get it at Wally world
     
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    165 grain gold dots or 165 grain pdx-1...........:supergrin:
     
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    Bonded 180gr Remington Golden Saber jhp in all my .40cal weapons. IMO 180gr ammo offers a great choice when 9mm isn't enough and 45acp doesn't hold enough rounds but you still want a nice size bullet. This is what I love about the .40cal with 180gr jhp's
     
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    The G-22 is an excellent pistol. You will be very well served by your new purchase. Late last year I bought at G-22RTF. I have been extremely well pleased with it. For range/practice ammo, I would suggest Federal Champion 180 gr. FMJ; Winchester White Box 165 gr FMJ; Magtech 165 gr. FMJ. There are other brands that will give equal results, but the three mentioned are the brands that I have fired in my G-22. I have had four FTF w/ a single box of the Fed. Champion ammo. These are the only problems I've had in 1,500 rds. fired. After wiping out the magazines, I have not had any further problems in the subsequent 300 rds. fired. Firing at 15 yds. with 180 gr. FMJ, POI = POA. With 165 gr FMJ, POI is ever so slightly above POA. Currently for SD/HD my G-22 is loaded with Remington 180 gr. JHP. HTH. Sincerely. Brucev.
     
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    I have my G22rtf loaded with Fed. HST 180gr. If not that then 180gr. Gold Dot:cool:
     
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    I use 180 grain Winchester Bonded.
     
  9. GryffinG22

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    Well, I talked to a guy at a gun shop, prior law enforcement, he recommended sticking with the 180 grain bullets, superior penetrating power apparently. I picked up these:

    100 rounds - Blazer Brass .40 S&W 180 grain FMJ
    20 rounds - Winchester Supreme Elite - Bonded PDX1 - 180 grain JHP
     
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    You did fine on your choices.

    Now, go online, find some ammo dealers, buy in the bulk and get out to the range!
     
  11. easyg

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    I prefer 155g Speer Gold Dots.
     
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    I don't have .40S&W so I can't recommend anything.

    If I ever have that caliber from what I know right now I'd load 180-grain ammo for woods carry and 155- to 165-grain premium JHP for self-defense.
     
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    So tell us did your G22 come with 10rd or 15rd mags? and can you purchass/own Hi Cap mags?
     
  14. GryffinG22

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    I don't have my G22, I pick it up on the 24th, but I do know unfortunately due to california law, I can't have the higher capacity 15 round magazines, only the 10 rounds. I don't see what the law makers were trying to do when they did this.
     
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    What were the lawmakers trying to do when they did this? Violate the Constitutional rights of citizens. It's as simple as that. Their decision had nothing to do with any supposed concern for public safety, etc. Their decision reflects their profound disregard for the basic civil rights of citizens as established in the Constitution of the United States.
     
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    Win ranger T 165gr if you can find em. Good balance of speed and weight.
     
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    I carry 180 loads of the following in all my 40 cals
    G 22-23-27 and sig 229dak
    Gold Dot 180
    HST 180 or 165
    Ranger T 180 or 165
     
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    Gold Dot or HST both in 180, served me fine!

    Gold Dot 165 is the issue round in my county.
     
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    I like big holes, so I want some expansion, too. I have both 165 Gold Dots & also various 180s, but tend to stick w/the 165 gr offerings.
     
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    Recognizing the fact that many factory .40 loads are loaded a bit hot for optimum weapon control/penetration, the ammunition manufacturers quickly expanded their product lines to include a wide variety of bullet weights from 135 to 200 grains intended to give the buyer a full range of choices, depending upon his needs and perceptions of what would best satisfy them.

    However, as is the case with other cartridges, all of these don’t shoot sufficiently close to point of aim at 25 or 50 meters, making it necessary to carefully test any load under consideration from this standpoint as well as intrinsic accuracy, controllability, penetration and bullet expansion. In my Glock 22 test gun, none of the 180-grainers shot anywhere near point of aim, impacting eight inches high at 50 meters and four inches high at 25 meters.

    For my needs, this makes them unsuitable, since too much adjustment of point of aim is needed to hit small, angled or partially obscured targets. Under the stress of a deadly encounter, changing point of aim is so unnatural that it would almost always be forgotten, resulting in a miss.

    However, I must point out that my Glock 22 has low-profile Trijicon tritium lowlight sights. With sights that utilize a higher front and rear sight, this might not be a problem. Moreover, it must also be said that the 180s do shoot as accurately as any of the other loads I tested, so if you prefer heavier bullets, this should be taken into consideration.

    Best Performers
    Getting right to my own preference, the best overall performer in my gun was CorBon’s 140-grain DPX JHP. Initially, it shot just a bit to the left of point of aim at 25 meters, but was easily correctable with a minor movement of the rear sight to the right. Accuracy was excellent with 25-meter 3-shot Ransom Rest groups of 1.5 inches or better being the norm.

    Controllability in fast shooting sequences was quite good, allowing two center hits on a Taylor Combat silhouette target at 7 meters from Weaver Ready in 1-second. On multiple targets, I was able to meet the ASAA (American Small Arms Academy) Handgun Combat Master standard of a center hit from the holster on each of two targets in 1.2 seconds, three targets in 1.5 seconds and four targets in 1.8 seconds without undue difficulty. However, with some loads, this might prove difficult even for a master-level shooter, since they’re loaded too hot for optimum controllability. Performance on small, angled or partially obscured targets was also quite satisfactory, with 5-meter 1-second headshots also being performed on a reliable basis.

    Because it utilizes the superb Barnes-X 6-petal HP bullet, the CorBon 140-grain DPX JHP also exhibits excellent expansion in both water and living organisms. I have used it to down a half dozen coyotes, deer and a mountain lion out to 60 meters, experiencing 1-shot stops as a virtual norm. In all cases, the bullet expanded perfectly and was found either under the hide on the off-side of the critter or lying on the ground beside it, a textbook performance. My G22 has now digested over 500 rounds of this particular load without a stoppage.

    Runner Ups
    Though they didn’t show much expansion, the Speer 155-grain Gold Dot JHP and Federal Premium Hydra-Shok 165-grain JHP produced equal accuracy, and were noticeably more “punchy,” making them less controllable. Still, they were at least acceptably controllable and shot pretty much to point of aim.

    Demonstrating accuracy in the 2.5-inch or better range, the CorBon 135-grain Pow’RBall, Hornady XTP 155-grain JHP, Remington 155-grain JHP, Federal Premium Hydra-Shok 165-grain JHP and the Remington Golden Saber 165-grain JHP shot to point of aim at 25 meters, but while functioning was flawless, they showed minimal expansion and more abrupt recoil.

    To keep manufacturing costs, and thus retail prices, as low as possible, the majority of ammo manufacturers make it a practice to use JHP bullets that can be utilized in multiple cartridges.

    In each instance, the bullet is designed to upset while retaining its structural integrity at the higher velocities of the hotter of the two cartridges. In order to accomplish this goal, it must be sufficiently tough not to disintegrate or blow its lead core, but this also means that it won’t show much expansion at the lower velocities produced by the lesser powered of the two cartridges.

    On the other hand, the CorBon 135-grain Pow’RBall and 140-grain DPX JHP are designed to upset at the velocities produced by the .40, rather than 10mm. As a result, they both expand quite nicely. Of the two, the 140-grain DPX JHP is the more versatile, but due to its minimal penetration, is best utilized in situations where this characteristic is an asset, such as in home-defense. For general-purpose functions, however, in my opinion, the 140-grain DPX JHP is without a doubt a superior overall choice.
     
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