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Best 10mm bullet weight?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by RonDeer10mm, Nov 11, 2012.


Best weight?

Poll closed Dec 31, 2012.
  1. 135gr

    1 vote(s)
  2. 155gr

    3 vote(s)
  3. 165gr

    8 vote(s)
  4. 175gr

    1 vote(s)
  5. 180gr

    44 vote(s)
  6. 200gr

    17 vote(s)
  7. 220gr

    2 vote(s)
  8. 230gr LOL

    0 vote(s)
  9. 150gr

    0 vote(s)
  10. 170gr Do they even still make these?

    0 vote(s)
  11. 190gr

    0 vote(s)
  12. 150gr

    0 vote(s)
  13. OTHER?!! post it!

    0 vote(s)
  1. RonDeer10mm

    RonDeer10mm Well-Known Member

    Which would you choose as the most versatile 10mm bullet weight?
  2. RonDeer10mm

    RonDeer10mm Well-Known Member

    LOL do they still even make these LOL
  3. PabloJ

    PabloJ Well-Known Member

    The 155, 275, 180 and 200gr loads are most commonly encountered. Most would lean toward heavier end of the lineup with optimal loading saying why carry ".300 magnum if one is only going to shoot 150gr loads from the tube". I like Hornady 155gr load best.
  4. MachIVshooter

    MachIVshooter Well-Known Member

    180, with 200 a close second. 220 & 230 gr. are specialized, and, IMO, under 165 gr. is too light for full power 10mm.
  5. ku4hx

    ku4hx Well-Known Member

    I voted 180 grain but as a bullet caster and handloader since circa 1970, 1991 for the 10mm, my "favorite" is a function of the purpose.

    For range work I prefer a 175 grain truncated cone at about 1,150 fps. For self defense a 180 or 150/155 depending on the season.

    If I want to have a 16 shot .357 Magnum equivalent I go with a 150 JHP that clocks across my PACT2 at an average of 1,440 fps.

    A decent short range deer load is either the 175 cast or the 180 JHP. Same for pigs but I tend to favor solid cast there.

    It all depends ...
  6. Devonai

    Devonai Well-Known Member

    I prefer to go heavy for 10mm and lighter for .40 S&W. So 180gr for the former and 135gr for the latter. Just kinda makes sense to me.
  7. jmr40

    jmr40 Well-Known Member

    In my opinion the 180 is the best all around weight. If I can get by with a lighter bullet, then I don't need a 10mm. The 200 gr bullets are useful, just not as an all around choice. If I want to go heavier than 200 gr I need a 44 mag.
  8. 481

    481 Well-Known Member

    I think that the 10mm is at its best balance of speed & weight with the 180 gr bullets.
  9. g_one

    g_one Well-Known Member

    For SD, it's hard to beat those 135gr JHP's loaded up to 1600+ FPS. For range/target/plinking, the 180gr take the cake for availability and balance of speed/weight. If I was taking it into the woods for protection or hog hunting, 220gr HCFN is the champion.
  10. ATLDave

    ATLDave Well-Known Member

    If I've got to pick one, it's 180. That's what I've been playing around with loading.
  11. CZF

    CZF Well-Known Member

    165, as heavy as the 175 and 180 for adequate penetration, but also has more velocity
    and bullets like the Gold Dot mushroom very well.
    Early reports on the Norma 170 grain and the 180s showed those 10mm loads
    to over penetrate on a human body.

    I think the FBI has found the 165 in .40 S&W to be ideal as well.

    I REALLY liked the Double Tap 165 Gold Dot when I had my 10mms.

    The newer BARNES Tac-XP might trump the Gold Dot for CCW use,
    but I've not had a 10mm around to shoot it in.


    Copper is more expensive than lead, or more people would be buying the Barnes bullet.

    It penetrates well and expands perfectly, but the 155 might be a bit light on Deer.
    More concentrated on defensive carry than hunting.


    The DT 230 gr. Equalizer load would be interesting on animals as well.

    That said. I still think that the 165 offers a lot in 10mm.
    More info;
  12. MachIVshooter

    MachIVshooter Well-Known Member

    You can keep 'em. I'll take my 180's @ 1,400 for defense; They actually penetrate.
  13. coop2564

    coop2564 Well-Known Member

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  15. 2zulu1

    2zulu1 Well-Known Member

    For JHPs 180gr is the most versatile weight, 200gr for WFNs. If you handload Speer JHPs, 1300fps is the cutoff impact velocity.
  16. olderguns

    olderguns Well-Known Member

    I Have been carrying 155Grain from underwood ammo, always liked light and fast.. but the majority here seems to favor 180Grain so I may rethink my choice. Thanks to the OP for this thread it got me thinking .
  17. Shmackey

    Shmackey Well-Known Member

    Lighter is fine for bullets that hold together, like bonded, XTP, or copper. For old-school bullets, like generic JHPs, 180 at a minimum.
  18. MTMilitiaman

    MTMilitiaman Well-Known Member

    Back when I was putting rounds through my Glock 20 on a regular basis, I mostly shot bullets in the 175 to 180 gr range--mostly Winchester Silvertips or McNett's excellent 180 gr Gold Dot load. I also handloaded 180 gr Hornady XTPs. They did okay but I think when I get around to reloading for the cartridge again, I am going with the 200 gr XTP. The 10mm Auto has the potential to drive a 200 gr bullet at over 1200 fps and I am normally a heavy for caliber kinda guy.
  19. ds7br

    ds7br Member

    I load 180-200 and practice with those two weights weekly. Less than 180gr I'll grab my 357 Sig.
  20. 481

    481 Well-Known Member

    Yeah, I'd forgotten about that stuff.

    Thanks for refreshing my memory. :)

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