best truck ammo for a .40S&W hi-point?


January 26, 2009, 04:10 AM
I bought a .40 hi point fairly recently to keep in my vehicle because it's cheap, more powerful than the keltec that I usually pack everywhere with me when I travel, and because it's not something that's going to cause me to shed any tears if it ever got stolen, due to the fact that it's ugly and has no personality whatsoever.

I've got a couple boxes of the cheap remington 165gr (I think that's what grain they are anyway), and it's accurate and reliable with those so far, but I've only put about 1 box through it.

I originally wanted a 9mm due to the cheaper ammo cost and the fact that I already have 2 other 9mms and a bunch of ammo in that caliber, and because I know 9mm is one of the best penetrating auto calibers, but they were out of 9mm hi points, and I don't like .45acp, and .380 isn't any more practical than .32acp. I never really saw the point of the .40 until I read up on it a little more, but now I'd take it over a sack full of .45acp's any day of the week. My .40 kicks quite a bit more than my .45 did too, for what it's worth.

Because I keep this in my car, I figure I should get a round that penetrates good against car bodies and stuff too, instead of just a HP.

Doubletap is generally some of the hottest ammo, and the most economical of the high performance ammo manufacturers, but it looks to me like most of their loads are geared towards SD and hunting.

So what's the best brand of ammo for this application? What grain of bullet would be best? FMJ, HP, SP, hardcast, etc.?

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General Geoff
January 26, 2009, 04:44 AM
get doubletap's 200gr hardcast gas-checked lead rounds. They'll penetrate the deepest, if penetration is what you're after.

January 26, 2009, 09:59 AM
Win. white box, or the green and white Rem-UMC boxes are just fine. Good FMJ bullets that will do you just fine.
BTW, keep that gun in a locked place in your truck. It's not a matter of how much money you are out if it gets stolen, it's what the thief decides to do with it. You don't want to be looking down the barrel of that Hi-Point in some punks hands.

January 26, 2009, 10:13 AM
^^^ +1. my gun stays on me. understandably, sometimes it just has to stay in your vehicle instead of on your person. but you always have to remember that risk.

i would just get the heaviest FMJ bullet there is. i know there's 200 and 220 available. i would 'think' that a HP would fragment in a car door, but check out some of the tests done here:

January 26, 2009, 11:24 PM
Hmmm. Seems to me that a cheap handgun would work best with cheap ammunition. Therefore, Hi-Point firearm should be matched with Wolf ammunition.:rolleyes:

January 27, 2009, 02:04 AM
Federal FMJ works great in mine.

Hi-Point specifically warns against Wolf but mine shoots it fine. I really like S&B.

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