For starters, not Critical Defense. Anything in the Federal HST, or Winchester Ranger T Series gets my vote.
This is a discussion on .40 SW , what are best defensive carry loads? within the Defensive Ammunition & Ballistics forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Right now my Glock 22 carries 165 grain Speer Gold Dot , I change up from time to time with Hornady 165 grain Critical Defense ...
Right now my Glock 22 carries 165 grain Speer Gold Dot , I change up from time to time with Hornady 165 grain Critical Defense , both are great round that fire well , I would like to move up though as I like the heavier rounds, my SD40 is using the Hornady right now! Im curious as to what rounds you guys recommend for carry ?
180gr Federal HST is an incredible round! Big improvement over the Hydra-Shok when it comes to penetrating heavy clothing. I've done ballistic testing with it using FBI protocols and it was by far the best round I tested. Winchester's weren't horrible either though. Definitely stay away from Remington.
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I like the gold dots also ....
Well I will be testing the Federal HST soon as I want to keep the same weight of my practice ammo ,180grn fmj!
I use Federal HST in my .40's as well.
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I've been using either; 180gr Gold Dots, 180gr Winchester Supreme Elite & 165gr HST.
However, I recently loaded some 155gr XTP's and I love them! (I think I may have found my new carry ammo!)
Used the Ranger"T" 165 grain in my 23,27's with great success,the standard Ranger will seperate,also the Gold Dot rounds are a great SD round.
Any of the .40 S&W loads from this thread: Thoughts on Service Pistols, along with Duty and Self-Defense Ammo Recommendations - M4Carbine.net Forums
Barnes XPB 155 gr JHP (copper bullet)
Speer Gold Dot 155 gr JHP
Federal Tactical 165 gr JHP (LE40T3)
Winchester Ranger-T 165 gr JHP (RA40TA)
Winchester Partition Gold 165 gr JHP (RA401P)
Federal HST 180 gr JHP (P40HST1)
Federal Tactical 180 gr JHP (LE40T1)
Remington Golden Saber 180 gr JHP (GS40SWB)
Speer Gold Dot 180 gr JHP
Winchester Ranger-T 180 gr JHP (RA40T)
Winchester 180 gr bonded JHP (RA40B/Q4355/S40SWPDB1)'
These all pass FBI/IWBA testing protocol.
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i use Winchester Ranger 165grain.
+1 on the suggestions of AZ Hawk