.40 Which grain ?

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by Riverg420, Jan 29, 2012.

  1. Riverg420

    Riverg420 New Member

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    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 ?
     
  2. jjfuller1

    jjfuller1 New Member

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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
     

  3. Ranger-6

    Ranger-6 New Member

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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
     
  4. Ranger-6

    Ranger-6 New Member

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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
     
  5. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    175 gr hard cast truncated cone for target use. 180 gr Gold Dot for carry
     
  6. Riverg420

    Riverg420 New Member

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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 .
     
    Last edited: Jan 30, 2012
  7. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    The lighter the bullet, the lower the sectional density. Lower SD's lead to less penetration (generally).
     
  8. Riverg420

    Riverg420 New Member

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    Thanks for the input :cool:
     
  9. noylj

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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
     
  10. Riverg420

    Riverg420 New Member

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    Thanks I was wondering if some were more accurate than others
     
  11. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Weight has little to do with the accuracy. Accuracy is a product of consistency.
     
  12. BikerRN

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    I shoot 155 grain and 180 grain out of my forties.

    I prefer the 155 grain loads for defensive use if not faced with intermediate barriers, glass, car bodies, and the like.