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Recomend a 180gr HP

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by .45 guy, Dec 26, 2011.

  1. .45 guy

    .45 guy

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    Everytime I get on Zero's website they are sold out of the 180gr HP for .40 S&W. Any other recomendations?
     
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    Ah... isn't your avatar a bit of a misnomer?


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    What is the purpose to which you're going to put the hollowpoints?

    If it's just plinking or target practice, then a good FMJ/CMJ will do the trick just as well (in my experience, there is no grouping difference between Montana Gold 180gr CMJ and Zero 180gr HP, nor is there any difference in how clean the resulting holes are, while there is a grouping difference in 9mm between MG 124gr CMJ and Zero 124gr HP, and the CMJ produces more ragged holes as well).

    If you actually need the HP to expand, then the MG won't do at all. The Zero is probably better for that. Speer Gold Dots are likely to be better still.
     
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    As KC notes, what are they for? For paper punching, the MG are exc quality, rival the XTP by Hornady. For serious use, they are really inconsistant expanders.
     
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    Yeah, I didn't think about MG. Ilike to practice with as close to defense ammo as possible. I'll give them a look. Thanks
     
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    Rainier s expand the best of any I have tried. But they shed their copper.
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    The bullet means nothing for practice. It's the felt recoil & POI/POA you are trying to duplicate. So use any 180gr bullet, even cheaper lead bullets.:dunno: The Ranier & Berry's are also poor performers. In my tests, some expand, some fragment, no consistancy, but then they are also not designed for that. The HP is for accuracy reasons, not terminal performance.
     
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    texas 48 Gold Member

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    Montana Gold is a good choice for plinking bullets. In my experience very accurate for 10mm .40 and 9 mm even at Max loads. Not a good choice for SD.