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What grain should i buy to target shoot a .40?

Discussion in 'Handgun Discussion' started by 92bluexj, Mar 11, 2011.

  1. 92bluexj

    92bluexj Oregon Member

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    I'm about to head out to the store sometime today and was wondering what's the best grain to target shoot my new .40? Oh and this will be my conceal pistol once I have shot through it a few hundred times if that helps.
     
  2. Blitzkrieg

    Blitzkrieg WA Well-Known Member

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    Whatever is cheapest

    For self defense the 155 or 165 grain Speer Gold Dot hollowpoints are hard to beat. Be sure to run at least 50 rds through your gun after it's broken in, to see how they function in it

    Break in for Glocks and such should be at least 500 rds IMO. For steel frame guns I run 1,500 rds through and then the intended carry ammo before I trust it with my life
     
  3. 92bluexj

    92bluexj Oregon Member

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    Thanks a lot for the info.
     
  4. Bill Siegle

    Bill Siegle Oregon Active Member

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    Buy as many different loads as you can and see what your gun likes best. The "best" load may not be the best for your particular gun. Try a few and see what works best for you and stick with it :)
     
  5. Blitzkrieg

    Blitzkrieg WA Well-Known Member

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    Try the Gold Dots first.. if they do not work well in your weapon then get back at us and we'll give other recommended loads. There's no need to buy a bunch of expensive loads all at once, try them one or two at a time until you find one that not only is accurate and reliable, but has a good street record of stops and looks good in professional test media with and without clothing barriers (like the Gold Dot, which can and does often expand to 2 x caliber, with good penetration depth)
     
  6. Chipperxd

    Chipperxd Buffalo Active Member

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    another vote for 165 gr Gold Dots. that's what I use in my Glock 35 and they have been a champion combo.
     
  7. 92bluexj

    92bluexj Oregon Member

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    Yea i ended up buying a couple of boxes of Blazer Brass 165 grain for my .40. It was the cheapest at bi mart so i went with it. Thanks for the help.
     
  8. Blitzkrieg

    Blitzkrieg WA Well-Known Member

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    If it's brass cased Boxer primed ammo, save the once fired brass for later reloading or selling/trading on this site
     
  9. 92bluexj

    92bluexj Oregon Member

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    Definitely! I don't reload but i know someone who does as i have helped him once. For the last few years i have kept just about all my brass. Thanks.
     
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  10. Oohrah

    Oohrah NorthwestSouthern Oregon Coast Member

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    I use the same bullet weight if they are cheap practice rounds or the expensive Gold Dots. For my .40 Glocks it's the 180 grain. For carry, either Gold Dot or the new Federal HSP. My personal is that I want penetration as well as expansion. Only hits in vital areas count!
     
  11. JC9995

    JC9995 Greater "Clackamas" Active Member

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    Wheat is pretty cheap grain to shoot..... Sorry, I had to. :)
     
  12. Oohrah

    Oohrah NorthwestSouthern Oregon Coast Member

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    You're right, it is!!! How do you stick 180 of them in that itty bitty case and still have room for powder?