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Light kicking .40 round advice needed

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by C-grunt, Oct 12, 2006.

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  1. C-grunt

    C-grunt Member

    Jun 12, 2005
    Phoenix Az
    I usually like to carry heavier rounds because I believe penetration is better then expansion. But...I am having recoil problems with the 180 grain 40 rounds in my Glock23. I can shoot them accurately, but follow up shots are a good 1/2 second slower than when I had my 9mm. Do you guys know of a good 155/165 grain round that will still have a deeper penetration? I have heard that the XTPs are good at penetration.

    If this doesnt please me I am going to go back to the 9mm, I just dont want to take the money loss to get a new gun.
  2. ETXhiker

    ETXhiker Member

    Sep 17, 2006
    East Texas
    Have you tried different 180 gr., .40 caliber loads? It has been my experience that in a given caliber, two loads with the same bullet weight and rated velocity may feel different - more snap or muzzle blast - due to different powders, etc.

    In a .40, I would think that a 155 or 165 gr. loading would still have plenty of penetration for SD. Not necessarily less recoil, however.

    Ultimately, you have a fairly light pistol in a relatively powerful round. Recoil is going to be part of that. If practise doesn't remedy the recovery time, the 9mm will serve you just fine.
  3. Rampant_Colt

    Rampant_Colt Member

    Mar 3, 2006
    Parts Unknown
    I concur with ETXhiker

    You'll have to experiment with different loadings.
    Federal makes the 135gr. 'personal Defense'http://www.federalcartridge.com/ballistics/Ammo_Ballistics.aspx?id=402&firearm=2&bc=0.11&muzzvel=1200&bulletwgt=135 ( i do not recommend that cartridge though) Or give the 180 Hornady XTP a try. They're known for deep penetration and the latest ones have flash suppressed powder. From what i understand about flash suppresed powders is they tend to run lower velocity.
    Try Winchester 180gr. SXT or the 165gr. Supreme T series.

    I think CCI stopped making their 165gr. 'medium velocity' cartridges as well.

    Get a 9mm as a last resort and consider yourself well armed.
  4. atek3

    atek3 Member

    Mar 5, 2003
    SW CT
    180gr plated over 3.1 gr clays, that's a light kicking forty, I use it in my xd40

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