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Hello,

When it comes to differnt bullet weights for the .40S&W, what weight do you feel best with in your carry gun?

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Both my Beretta 96 INOX and Sig P229 shoot to point of aim at 25 yards with 180 grain loads. I've shot the Corbon 165 gr JHP in both pistols and the lighter bullet does group about 1.5 inches lower at 25 yards. Not enough to make any real difference IMO. But I prefer the 180 grain over the 165 because that is the original load and I have lots of factory and handloaded 180's on hand.

The only adjustable sighted .40 I own is a BHP. It is dialed in for 180's as well. I find that the HP gives slightly better accuracy with the heavier bullet. My .40 HP is dead stock and when I'm in the groove, I can hit plastic one gallon water jugs at 100 yards with ease. This is just a stunt of course, but it does show that the .40 is just as accurate as any other auto pistol cartridge. I remember when the .40 made its introduction in 1990 and a lot of the gunzine hacks were badmouthing it and calling it an inaccurate round and it would never amount to anything. I wonder if they still say that today.....


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Tough choices, as I use 135-180 grain JHP's for carry. I'm presently testing some Winch Ranger LE 165 grainers and may switch to those excusively. My most carried load, by far, is Cor-bons 135 gr. JHP. It clocks 1,389 FPS from my BHP Practical. Accuracy is good. It's not the "Hammer of Thor", but in .40 it's pretty close.
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I would vote "depends on the gun".

My first .40 was a Grock 27 and it's just no fun at all with 180gr loads. 165gr loads were scarce at the time. Tried and liked the 135gr HydraShoks, then found a deal on a case of 155gr Silvertips.

I've since heard that the Silvertip 155gr doesn't penetrate all that well. Prolly well enough but I like penetration.

Since getting several other .40's I'd prefer a heavier bullet for them but hard to justify at the moment with the amount of 155's I have on hand. Will prolly settle on a 165 of some sort for all of them when the time comes.


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Living in the frozen North as I do, and being close to sources within certain LEA's up here; I am given to understand the Speer GDHP 180 gr is king of the hill in felony felon-stops (excuse the redundancy) on BG's who need to be stopped. Through car windshields, side door glass, 4 layers of denim and 2 layers of leather, what have you, the GDHP penetrates and delivers. To the morgue.

I do not endorse any particular brand of ammunition. I believe Winchester's RA40T is as good as the 180 GDHP, but since our boys in MKE are using the Speer loading and it's working that's what I'd stick with.

Just my dos centavos.
 
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