Let's talk about .40 S&W!

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by nukinfuts29, Jun 12, 2012.

  1. nukinfuts29

    nukinfuts29 New Member

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    My entire life I have carried a Glock 19, which as you know is 9MM. I have shot pretty much every caliber out there, but only carried the 19. In the future I will be carrying a Glock 27, .40 S&W. For the range I am always going to shoot the cheapest stuff (unless someone has a VERY good argument for spending more money). My 9MM has always ate whatever I give it, I don't expect the 27 to be any different.

    My question is, what do you .40 guys carry for home / every day carry protection, and why? In 9MM I used to carry Remington Home Protection hollow points, then I went to Federal. In my experience the 19 was better with Federal, and that is of course the first one I am looking at now.

    So please, educate me as much as possible, this is my new every day gun. I added the pinky extension and I am in love lol
     
  2. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    personally, i like the 40, and have had one in some pistol for many years. my current 40 caliber pistol is an XDm40 and so far is my favorite of any i have owned or shot. for SD ammo i use 155 gr Federal Classic JHP.

    one complaint i hear about the 40 is the sharp recoil. personally, it doesn't bother me, but is a little snappier than the 9mm or even the 45. even my wife doesn't have any problems shooting the 40 or even the 45 and she likes to shoot both. now the snappier recoil can be felt more in a compact pistol, but this is true of most any caliber in a compact pistol.

    the biggest drawback i have with the 40 is price of the ammo. because of this to get more shooting practrice, i have been giving some thought into adding it into the rest of the others i already reload for.

    some will argue that a 40 is an answer to which there is not a problem, but IMO, the 40 is a compromise caliber and a good addition to other calibers you may own. i like that the 40 is a little more powerful than the 9mm, but not quite as the 45, but has more magazine capacity than the 45, but not as much as the 9mm. these are my reasons for owning a 40 caliber. but, as i said, personally i like the 40 so, for me i have faith in it's ability to perform.
     

  3. ktmboyz

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  4. nukinfuts29

    nukinfuts29 New Member

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    The price of the .40 here is great. For Winchester WB, 100ct it is $14.99 which is $5 less than 9mm WB. I find the gun to be very smooth, which I didn't quite expect in such a small frame. The pinky extension was absolutely needed though, I couldn't get a good group without it. I also modified the trigger guard to add a bit to the grip (move my hand up a hair.). Always loved my 26, but I think this is my new favorite.
     
  5. ktmboyz

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    100 rounds or wwb for 14.99 ??? where is it at, I can barely reload it for that.. I want to order some.
     
  6. Ranger-6

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    Zimmerman had a 9mm and it took one shot, a 40 caliber will do the same. Load your 9mm with Corbon: 9mm Luger +P 125 grain 1250/434 JHP #SD09125-20 and all that you come in contact with will go down.
     
  7. woody63m

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    I carry a 40 XD with hydro shoks i think hydr shoks are the best because ive been shot by one i was lucky to live almost died several times. I was 250+ pounds and one round to the gut put me on my arse
     
  8. nukinfuts29

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    I already have a setup for 9MM, I'm asking specifically about my new .40
     
  10. nukinfuts29

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    My local Walmart. Has been that way for months. They sell out FAST. Since I started looking for it you pretty much have to be there on stocking day and hang out. You can see the regulars pretending to read hunting magazines and stuff watching for the guy to begin stocking that spot. Second he does they are on him. Last time I was there he kind of looked around and say "guys .40 is up" lol.
     
  11. BodySnatcher

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    Federal 180gr HST in my FNX40
     
  12. ktmboyz

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    Yours must be labeling wrong or something, its 34 or 36 here, even the 50rd boxes are over 16..
     
  13. Fathead00

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    I bought a box of WWB at Cabelas for $19. I usually buy either Federal or Herters Aluminum casing. I carry my G35 with just standard Federal ammo, nothing fancy!:)
     
  14. ktmboyz

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  15. nukinfuts29

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    If so they have been doing it for months

    Federal seems to be the reccomendation here. Since that is what i carry in the 19 it was my first thought for the 27 as well.
     
  16. ktmboyz

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    I really like the Hornady Critical defense. I like the flex tip design to prevent the tip from clogging and not properly expanding as designed. I also am a fan of the xtp bullets for reloading.
     
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  17. Longrange

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    I carry a G4 Glock 22. I have carried Winchester PDX in all my mags including my 9mm.
     
  18. Practice and Carry ammo

    All of the major ammunition makers put out a pretty good product. For general practice, the bulk or 'cheap' version ammo will do just fine. I suggest you select a practice round with the same bullet weight as your carry round. (Sounds like you may become a reloader in the near future. Excellent idea.)

    For a carry round, I'd shop around and see what is available and buy a box of three or four likely types. Fire them carefully and note which round or rounds a) work most reliably in YOUR pistol, b) group most accurately in YOUR pistol, and c) 'feel' the best in your pistol and hands. If two or three are the same, pick the one with the coolest name. Or the cheapest.

    If none of them work very well, buy three or four OTHER brands or types of ammo and repeat the process.

    I carry Winchester SXT 165 grain ammunition in my .40 S&W. It works well, groups most adequately and I just happen to have a case of it. (Long back story.)

    Your results may vary. Not surprising if they do, we're two different people.
     
  19. nukinfuts29

    nukinfuts29 New Member

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    GREAT advice, thank you very much