What grain in .45 & .9mm for range ammo?

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  1. Small Tony

    Small Tony

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    Take for instance the typical .45acp bullet at walmart is 230g. Does the heavier bullet mean less recoil (if I am asking that right?). I think I used Speer Gold with less grain for SD...

    I guess I want to closely replicate/practice with the same grain as I would myself defense ammo with out paying the higher price/actually using SD ammo for practice.

    For my .40cal range ammo I have 185grain. At what grain would make this round less snappy?

    So sum up I need the grain best used in what you all use in SD grain ammo for my practice ammo in:

    9mm=
    .40=
    .45=

    Sorry if post is confusing...
     
  2. Brucev

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    If you want to find practice ammo that will replicate the characteristics of your SD ammo, you will need to select a load with the same weight bullet, etc. Very likely there will be no real difference in recoil. In 9mm I shoot whatever practice ammo is available at Wal-Mart... usually 115 or 124 gr. FMJ. For .40 S&W I use 165 or 180 gr. FMJ by Federal or Winchester with complete satisfaction. I prefer the 165 gr. load. However since I have about 1,000 rds. of the 180 gr. load on hand, I shoot the 180 gr. load. It has in every respect given me perfect results. In every way it replicates results using Rem. 180 gr. JHP ammo. In .45 ACP, I use Win. White Box 230 gr. JHP. The Winchester WB 230 gr. FMJ give exactly equivalent results. HTH. Sincerely. Brucev.
     

  3. 82ndVet

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    I stay with the high end with any caliber (target & SD)...in my case, with the .45...230g always. I actually pay no attention to the others, but that's just me.

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