Woods loads for VP40.

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  1. SkippyThe

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    Hey I just picked up a VP40 for carrying around while I'm hiking/camping/fishing around my area. I carry a Glock 20 10mm when I'm in big bear and grizzly country. But around me I mostly see black bears, wolves, cougars, and coyotes. I've been looking at a few loads and was wondering what anyone else carries in their 40 cal in the woods. Thanks ST.
     
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    Underwood ammo has some 180 grain cast flat nose that should work. You could go to their web site. Underwood Ammo. com
     
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    I'd just carry the 20 with XTP's or GD's. Not that much larger and two extra rounds (4-6 extra with my mags with extensions). DT 200 hard cast is my choice for 40. For the 20 I'd go for 180 XTP. I also have both. The DT hardcast have flatter, fatter meplats than Underwood and are plenty powerful.
     
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    Liberty makes some wicked fast light stuff for the 40S&W. 60 grains at 2000 FPS. I know its against conventional wisdom for the woods, but it seems to do a hell of a lot of damage.

    The 7.5 BRNO round is 95 grains at 2000-2100 FPS and it drops some huge animals pretty quickly. The velocity and hydrostatic shock seems to really create havoc when the bullet expands and breaks apart. Surprisingly good penetration also.
     
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    What did you decide and how does it shoot? I was thinking about buying some Buffalo Bore 200gr Outdoorsman.
     
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    I live in the woods and carry an HKP30S .40 most of the time with 180 Grain JHP HST’s.
     
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    165 grain should work fine. Shoot yer buddy in the groin and run like hell. On a serous note, 180s for bear or better yet, bear spray.

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    For my A.O. I'll carry 180 grain WWB JHP in my P2000. The HST's are also a great choice.
     
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    thats what I'd be looking for, right there. I've had very good luck with Underwood ammo, though I haven't tried their FN stuff.
     
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    A lot of folks seem to like UW ammo, but I would have to question whether or not it’s worth it. UW 180g FMJ is $35.50 for a box of 50 whereas WWB 180g FMJ is around $15 for a box of 50. Yes, the UW has a listed velocity increase of 110 FPS, but so. It isn’t like a 180g FMJ traveling 990 FPS isn’t going to have penetration. I don’t see it as worth an additional $20 for essentially the same thing. You could buy a second box and be a third of the way to your third box for the same amount. I’d rather have the additional ammo.