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Opinions on 40S&W Ammo

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by paulncharly2572, Dec 2, 2009.

  1. paulncharly2572

    paulncharly2572 Salem, OR Member

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    I am hoping that someone with more shooting experience than I have will share their thoughts and opinions about these .40 rounds:

    Winchester 165gr SXT
    Hornady 180gr XTP

    I have shot both thru my Glock 23,Sig P226+P229,and Stoeger Cougar,but cannot tell any difference. I guess what I'm wanting to know is if one is better to carry than the other. Thanks in advance!
     
  2. PlayboyPenguin

    PlayboyPenguin Pacific Northwest Well-Known Member 2016 Volunteer

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    My personal preference is the Hornady. I use Hornady in my carry guns almost exclusively. A little extra mass and energy is a good thing in my book. :)
     
  3. Trlsmn

    Trlsmn In Utero (Portland) Well-Known Member

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    My .40 preference is Federal LE Tactical HST 165gr.

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  4. TyPercy

    TyPercy Vancouver, WA Member

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    I have been searching the site for some info on ammo for a G22 .40. I was at Walmart today, and they had federal 180gr and Winchester 180gr and 165gr. Both were about $13/50 rounds. I'm just wondering what the difference is. Thanks!

    Ty
     
  5. BlvdKing

    BlvdKing Almost Boring Member

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    I like the Winchester Ranger 40 S&W T-Series 180gr
     
  6. jdub75

    jdub75 PNW Well-Known Member

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    The different weights matter depending on what length barrel you're shooting from. In my M&P compact, the lighter stuff (under 165gr) will deliver a higher fps & more energy to the target than the 170 & 180 gr stuff. Dont assume the higher grain stuff = better. The little s&w w/ the right ammo will shoot better than my fullsize G22 for me.
    There is some really great info out there on this testing...google "FBI 40 s&w" or something like that for more info.
     
  7. Deavis

    Deavis Mid Willamette Valley Active Member

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    I love the XTP but have no experience in the .40. I have shot and chronoed and shot a lot of gelatin with the RA40T 165 Win Ranger... impressive. I dont think you could make a bad choice there.... basically I doubt 15 grains and either style would matter anywhere near as much as shot placement....
     
  8. jordanka16

    jordanka16 Albany, OR Active Member

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    Lighter bullets move faster and tend to expand more reliably.
     
  9. turq

    turq Molino,oregon Member

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    Try looking at the doubletapammo site for good info on 'their' loads in 3.5",4" and 4.5" BBls. also the ft-lbs.