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Hydrashock 40SW 135GR any good ???

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by armedpolak, Sep 28, 2006.

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  1. armedpolak

    armedpolak member

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    So i went to a range today to get a feel for 9mm Beretta while I wait for my 90-two F .40S&W :D :D :D

    I picked up some ammo, .40SW Federal Hydrashock 135GR. Is it any good ??? Not too slow of a round ??? Not too lite ??? Should I get heavier bullets for home / personal defense ??? What's all this +P and +P+ stuff ???

    Also, strange thing, i bought the gun on tousday and they say i need to pick it up on wednesday next week... 5 days wait, so I'm waiting, but seams more like 6 days for me, or am I being retarded?
     
  2. browningguy

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    I don't shoot anything that light in my .40's, I've got three BHP's and a Witness Match in .40. I shoot 165's most of the time, my two match guns like that weight best and the other two are ok with it. It seems a reasonable trade off of weight and velocity. The Corbon 165 runs about 1150 FPS with 485 ft/lb's of energy, should give decent penetration.

    For me (and me only) the 135 is just too light, but I like medium to heavy bullets in most calibers forthe improved penetration. I'd try the box you have, a box of 155/165 gr. and a box of 180's. Whichever your gun shoots best stick with those. The Hydrashocks are fine with me, I use them in my 9mm's.

    Oh yeah, +P and +p+ relates to higher pressures and gives increased velocity, recoil and muzzle blast. I don't honestly see a need for them in the .40 unless your particular gun likes them for accuracy.
     
  3. squekie

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    Wait

    I live in Ga. and have a Kimber Gold Match in 40S&W on the way, from Ohio. We do NOT have a "wait" once it gets here, if you have a Con. Carry Per.
    As far as the Hydra , I have a Glock 23 that loves the 180gr.) Does anyone out there know if my new Kimber Gold Match 5" Barrel will like them as well ?
     
  4. browningguy

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    To be honest you can't tell until you try them in an individual gun. You see it more in rifles shooting at 100 yards than pistols.

    Group size going from down from 180 to 165 gr. in my Witness Match shrunk by just over 50% at 15 yards, 3" down to 1.3". The 155 gr. loads started opening up again but not as much as the 180's.

    With my 300 Win. rifle at 100 yards, going heavier from 150 gr. to 180 gr. reduced groups by even more, from 4" groups down to .95" groups.
     
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