40 S&W ammo

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    40 S&W ammo

    Just picked up my new carry gun, a SIG 229 E2 40 S&W. Now to open up an old can of worms: ammo recommendations. All makes and weights will be considered. This will be carry ammo. Am leaning toward Gold Dot ammo, Golden Saber ammo, or Federal's latest. Will roll my own hardball for the range. Let me know what you think. Many thanks.

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    I try to stick with the Hornady Critical Defense and Gold Dots. There are a lot of other good offerings, but these have performed the best in my testing.

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    180 grain Speer Gold Dot or 180 grain bonded Winchester are my favorites.
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    My SR40 has golden sabers just like all my other semi-auto pistols. 180 bjhp. No real reason why other than they always feed for me and always go bang in any of my guns. I also prefer the heavier offerings if they can be had.

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    I am partial to the Winchester Ranger loads, same basic thing as black talons. its a law enforcement designed round so it also prevents a judge, jury, or prosecutor from trying to use your ammunition to hang you in court
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    You will be in excellent hands with Remington Golden Saber 180-grain, Speer Gold Dot 180-grain, Federal Hydra-Shok 180-grain, Hornady Critical Defense 165-grain or Winchester Ranger T 180-grain. These seem to be the top self-defensive ammo and the most used by American Law Enforcement Agencies.
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    Best Choices for Self Defense Ammo

    Here is a pretty comprehensive list of .38/.357 , 9mm , .40 and the like listing all suitable SD ammo.
    some newer styles have come out since, but this give a good idea.








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    I would go with the heaviest hollowpoint that your gun is 100% reliable with and you can control.

    My personal experience wit the Golden Sabers is that they produce the absolute tightest groups of any round I've tried. BUT they have a different Point Of Impact than every other round I tried.

    BTW That's why I stick with Winchester. I prefer Rangers, if I can't find them the SXTs (if you can find them), then the Silver Tips, and finally hardball (you can typically find WWB at WalMart). They all have the same Point Of Aim / Point Of Impact in my experience.
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    I'd like to hear of experience with the 135 gr

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    Quote Originally Posted by crabbys44 View Post
    My personal experience wit the Golden Sabers is that they produce the absolute tightest groups of any round I've tried. BUT they have a different Point Of Impact than every other round I tried.
    I agree. Also, Remington Golden Sabers have a lot of muzzle flash. I carry GS in all of my pistols (.38, .380, 9mm and .40 S&W), but I am thinking about switching to Speer Gold Dot, Cor-Bon DPX or Federal Hydra-Shok as soon as my current ammo stockpile runs out. Which of these would you all recommend? I really like Winchester Ranger T-Series, but unfortunately they do not sell them in Costa Rica.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alachner View Post
    I agree. Also, Remington Golden Sabers have a lot of muzzle flash. I carry GS in all of my pistols (.38, .380, 9mm and .40 S&W), but I am thinking about switching to Speer Gold Dot, Cor-Bon DPX or Federal Hydra-Shok as soon as my current ammo stockpile runs out. Which of these would you all recommend? I really like Winchester Ranger T-Series, but unfortunately they do not sell them in Costa Rica.
    My wife and I carry Golden Saber in our guns, both 165gr. We have not seen a big muzzle flash. In fact the Golden Saber even says in this specs that it is designed to produce very little muzzle flash.
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    I keep my .40 loaded with 180 gr Gold Dots. Just seem to work the best in my gun.

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    If the Sig has a partially unsupported chamber I would not use 180 gr.
    But this is just me.

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    40 S&W ammo

    Hornady TAP FPD 180 or PDX 180 or WST 155 or Corbon 135 or Critical Defense 165 or Critical Duty 175..

    Any good, modern HP design will do the job... I love all of the above.

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