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Old 01-29-2012, 11:30 PM   #1
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Default .40 Which grain ?

If there's a thread on this allready I could'nt find it but anyhoo here goes .Just wondering what's everyone preferance of which grain they prefer ? 180,165,155, or 135 and why ?



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i use 180gr for target, defense ammo is 165gr hp. the 180 seem to come out of my xd fairly well



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For Defense and Tactical:

Buffalo Bore: 40 Heavy ACP +P 180 grain 1100/484 JHP #23B/20
Corbon: 40 165 grain Self-Defense 1150/485 JHP #SD40165-20
Hornady: 40 S&W 165 grain FTX 1175/506 JHP #91340
Winchester: Supreme Elite 40 S&W 180 grain PDX1 1010/408 JHP #USA40JHP
Remington: 40 S&W ACP 165 grain 1150/485 fps MC #LN40SW4

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For Range and Plinking:

American-Eagle: 40 S&W 155 grain FMJ 1140/445 #AE40R2
Tul Ammo: .40 S&W FMJ 180 GR 990 fps #TA401800

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175 gr hard cast truncated cone for target use. 180 gr Gold Dot for carry

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I use 180 white box Winchester for range and plinking .Currently 180 Winchester Rangers for SD . I bought a box of Winchester Supreme Elite 165 gr for SD yesterday .I've always shot 180 in my .40 and have lil experiance with a lighter grain .I was just wondering about the pro's n con's about differant grains if any ? I know smaller the grain the higher the velocity and I need to get to the range and find out for myself .

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The lighter the bullet, the lower the sectional density. Lower SD's lead to less penetration (generally).

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The lighter the bullet, the lower the sectional density. Lower SD's lead to less penetration (generally).
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If you want the balance of velocity and accuracy, look to 155-165gn bullets.
180gn is the maximum bullet weight recommended by most loading manuals
135gn is for high velocity, fast expanding bullets usually used for self-defense. Handloading can be a problem since the bullet is not seated very deep in the case and may cause bullet set-back
I find that 145-155gn bullets are the most accurate

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If you want the balance of velocity and accuracy, look to 155-165gn bullets.
180gn is the maximum bullet weight recommended by most loading manuals
135gn is for high velocity, fast expanding bullets usually used for self-defense. Handloading can be a problem since the bullet is not seated very deep in the case and may cause bullet set-back
I find that 145-155gn bullets are the most accurate
Thanks I was wondering if some were more accurate than others


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