Good 40 s&w defence ammo


May 30, 2010, 08:46 PM
So what is everyone using for 40s&w out there? Im just talking normal defence JHP here. Any 40 JHP is hard to find around here so, so far ive only gotten my hands on some Buff Bore 155+P and some Win PDX1 165grs.

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May 30, 2010, 09:02 PM
I use the Winchester Bonded PDX1 in my Glock 22. Bought it originally in 180gr. and ordered it from Bass Pro Shop (since I couldn't find it in stores any more) in 165gr.

Full Metal Jacket
May 30, 2010, 09:43 PM
federal HST is the best jhp ammo on the market, but it's hard to find.

next up would be winchester bonded PDX1 bonded.

go for 165-180grn.

Full Metal Jacket
May 30, 2010, 09:44 PM
I use FMJ in every pistol I own. That's just me though! I won't endorse any ammo manufacturer. To me it is all advertising hype to charge more.

you're stuck in the past, doc! get yourself some good jhp's lol


May 30, 2010, 09:48 PM
Gold Dots, Winchester Ranger, Power Ball, Mag Tech. 40s&w is a hard hitting round. Any JHP should be ok.

Full Metal Jacket
May 30, 2010, 10:02 PM
Power Ball, Mag Tech

poor choices.

powerball always fragments and subsequently penetrates little, and mag tech guardian gold is prob the worst jhp's on the market--they almost never expand.

May 30, 2010, 10:34 PM
Federal HST.

.357 magnum
May 30, 2010, 10:58 PM
Winchester 180gr Bonded-[Penetrates Excellent and Expands Well] Also the Winchester 180gr Ranger SXT. Federal HST 180gr-[ Expands Excellent] Speer Gold Dot 180gr-Not Advertised as such, but Really is a Bonded Round with Very Good Penetration and Good Expansion] For over the Counter, The Winchester 180gr PDX is a Great Round. You can Also get Speer Gold Dots 180gr over the counter. I Honestly can say both Winchester and Speer do NOT drop off much in Quality from their LE Ammo to their Over their counter Ammo. I am speaking of the Winchester PDX1 Bonded and Speer Gold Dot Ammo. Except when you buy LE Ammo you get Boxes of 50 as compared to boxes of 20 over the counter.

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Arkansas Paul
May 30, 2010, 11:01 PM
For plinking, my handloads. They're usually either FMJ or plated.
For defense, Remington 165 grain Golden Sabres.

May 31, 2010, 01:46 AM
I just went threw a fun thread that is an exact copy of this one, Luckily everyone is being nice to Doc this time.
For me the grains of the bullet depend on barrel length and how hot its loaded.
4"- 5" barrels id go 180gr
3" 155gr/165gr or 180gr if its made by Buffalo bore or Double tap.

I have PDX1 165gr in my XD 3" SC
But i would have preferred Hornady's Critical Defense but couldn't find it.
Equal to that would be the 165gr Federal HST and here is a link.

Doc you should try these if you like non HP rounds:
40 S&W 200gr. WFNGC

May 31, 2010, 07:04 PM
I prefer Speer 155g Gold Dots in my Glock 27, but I'm interested in the performance of the Federal 135g rounds.

June 2, 2010, 09:47 AM
i use corbon dpx.

June 2, 2010, 02:42 PM
My agency used the 155 grain jhp from REMINGTON and FEDERAL for about 12years. We had no problems at all with it and failure to stop was virtually unknown. It hits like a .357 magnum.

I keep it in my home gun and in my winter carry gun.

We have switched over to the 135 grain jhp now to cut down the recoil as we have to transition a number of officers from the 9m.m.


June 2, 2010, 04:45 PM
155 Gr. gold dot by Double Tap.

June 3, 2010, 01:23 AM
What I was using before switching to 155 gr. for home defense. For carry, Critical Defense.

June 4, 2010, 06:07 PM
155 grain Gold Dot or 140 grain CorBon DPX.

June 7, 2010, 12:45 PM
There is no magic bullet. In .40 and .45 ACP, I am OK with any major brand's premium JHP loads. In .40, I like any accurate 155- to 180-grain load, and have used Federal 155, exact model designation not remembered, Remington 165-grain Golden Saber, Bonded and not, and presently use 180-grain Gold Dots. The latter is available locally for a decent price, as those things go, in 50-round boxes aimed at the LE market. The 180-grain shoots best to point-of-aim in my SIG P229 duty/carry pistols. I have thought about running enough Federal Tactical through at least one of my P229s to ensure function, for felony vehicle stops; of course, that is not a scenario of concern for most folks.

I work for a PD that does not provide us with duty ammo, an anomaly for such a large agency. Most popular seems to be Gold Dots and Winchester Ranger.

June 7, 2010, 12:48 PM
Personally I prefer Federal Hydra-Shok 155grn JHP. It's a great load, accurate, and doesn't kill the budget.

June 7, 2010, 05:55 PM
I was down to my last 1/2 box of doubletap 165gr gold dot JHP's last year. I decided to give magtech 155gr JHP and Fiocchi 165gr JHP a try. The Fiocchi ammo impressed me the most. IIRC it clocked in at 1100fps and when I shot it into 4 two liter pop bottles it expanded to .7" The fiocchi ammo is reliable and accurate in my CZ-40b plus it is inexpensive (~$16/ box of 50).

June 7, 2010, 06:25 PM
Right now I have PDX1, but will probably switch over to Ranger T-Series. I just picked up some of that in .45 ACP and it looks pretty effective.

June 8, 2010, 12:53 AM
I use Winchester 165gr Bonded PDX1 ammo in my Glock 40 cal.

June 8, 2010, 02:02 AM
I prefer Winchester PDX1 or Ranger Bonded (same stuff), but these days any ammunition designed for law enforcement or home/self-defense by the major manufacturers is pretty good. In .40 S&W stick with JHP rounds for defense against human predators, and completely disregard "specialty" rounds (unless they would serve a very specific purpose). Any commonly available bullet weight works in this caliber, although I prefer 180 grains because it tends to penetrate better in the target medium and has a little less blast and flash. Extra-high-powered loads are fine and dandy if they give you some additional confidence, but I'm not convinced that they're significantly more effective against humans than standard loads in this caliber.

June 8, 2010, 07:03 PM
For .40S&Wcal. I use Hornady Critical Defense in a Glock 23 and a Baretta Cougar. Dependable feeder in double stack mags. A bit expensive but worth it.

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