.40 SW , what are best defensive carry loads?

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    .40 SW , what are best defensive carry loads?

    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 ?

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    For starters, not Critical Defense. Anything in the Federal HST, or Winchester Ranger T Series gets my vote.

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    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 ....

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    Well I will be testing the Federal HST soon as I want to keep the same weight of my practice ammo ,180grn fmj!

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    I use Federal HST in my .40's as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 5thMarines View Post
    Well I will be testing the Federal HST soon as I want to keep the same weight of my practice ammo ,180grn fmj!
    practice and carry you wish to duplicate POA/POI and perceived recoil.
    shooting the same weight does not guarantee this.
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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!)

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    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.

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    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

    .40 S&W:
    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

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    Quote Originally Posted by claude clay View Post
    practice and carry you wish to duplicate POA/POI and perceived recoil.
    shooting the same weight does not guarantee this.
    Please explain in detail , I also like the 180 grn fmj to practice with , I have been using 165 grn jhp to carry , however I was wondering if moving up to 175 or 180 would make a difference or not , you seem to think possibly ,please tell me why!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5thMarines View Post
    Please explain in detail , I also like the 180 grn fmj to practice with , I have been using 165 grn jhp to carry , however I was wondering if moving up to 175 or 180 would make a difference or not , you seem to think possibly ,please tell me why!
    What he's saying is that despite them having the same grain weight, two different loadings such as "FMJ for target use" and Premium JHPs may very well have different powder types / different "charges" and therefore different firing characteristics. In plainer English, firing a Winchester USA FMJ may not be the same ballistic equivalent to Winchester Ranger T or Federal HST of the same grain weight.

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