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BudW 06-16-2010 02:56 AM

What ammo for XDM home def ..40
.40 cal. I live out of town

ScottA 06-16-2010 04:32 AM

I use Hornady Critical Defense. Probably a dozen others I'd be just as comfortable using.

Gojubrian 06-16-2010 05:56 AM

I would use gold dots, winchester ranger's, or just about any modern hollowpoint defensive ammo. :)

pioneer461 06-16-2010 03:46 PM

Just about any major US manufacturer's self defense ammo should serve you well. One thing to watch for with hollow-point ammo, is to look for ammo that says it is designed to expand after going through barriers. Many of the older hollow points tended to clog when going through leather, denim, etc, and fail to expand in flesh and bone.

I like Hornady's new Critical Defense, which I carry in my new XD sub compact .40. It is expensive, but for self defense you don't want cheap ammo.

Hornady Manufacturing Company :: Ammunition :: Handgun :: Choose by Caliber :: 40 S&W :: 40 S&W 165 gr Critical DefenseŽ

aslowdodge 06-21-2010 04:31 AM

I assume any major US mfg in 9 mm will work as well? Anyone have any favorites?

jwhirl413 06-21-2010 04:36 AM

I use remington golden sabre +p as my carry ammo in all my pistols. I'm not sure if you guys are aware, but I was at my local gun store this week and he showed me 2 rounds from the same box of Hornady critical defense in 9mm that were misfires:eek:. He gave me the lot number(3090679) to check against my stock of them, (I have 8 boxes) and luckily mine were okay. He said Hornady is aware of the affected lot #s and have corrected the problem. I think they had about 5 or so boxes they were sending back. Just thought you guys should know. Check your boxes.

luckyg 06-22-2010 01:06 PM

I prefer 155g Speer Gold Dots in my Glock 27.

james_black 06-22-2010 08:10 PM


Originally Posted by Gojubrian (Post 300744)
I would use gold dots, winchester ranger's, or just about any modern hollowpoint defensive ammo. :)

I second that :D

Steelersfan 06-23-2010 01:09 AM

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Youtube anything that has been put up by "tnoutdoors9"

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sweeper22 06-23-2010 05:03 AM


Originally Posted by BudW (Post 300657)
.40 cal. I live out of town

There are many great options, so it's just about you playing around and figuring out which you like best.

For 40sw in particular, choosing a weight is probably a bigger issue than what brand you prefer. Some feel bigger is always better, and they'll always choose the 180gr rounds. Others like the faster 155-165gr weights. And there's also plenty of evidence that the 135-140gr loads are among the best defensive rounds, having ballistics similar to a 357sig.

All of these weights are fine defensive options. Pretty much every major manufacturer makes a quality defense round. It's really just about doing a little of your own hands-on research to figure out what fits you and your gun best.

This is where I order my defense ammo.

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