Federal Low Recoil ammo - crap or worth it?

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    Federal Low Recoil ammo - crap or worth it?

    Browsing CTD and I saw Federal Low Recoil .40 ammo, is the only thing that makes this "low recoil" the grain count?

    Is it worth it to save a couple of bucks?
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    Low Recoil

    If it's the 135gr Personal Defense ammo, the ballistics are pretty mild. If you did'nt need it for a specific reason, like a hand injury or Arthritis, I'd go with something hotter.

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    What I understand it's junk, no penetration.
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    <--- is a firm believer in, "you get what you pay for" usually...

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    Its not exactly crap, but its not worth it.
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    Low recoil = light bullet, low velocity, or both

    Seems like a bad idea. If you want less recoil you are probably better off using a smaller caliber.
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    I bought their "low recoil" 130 grain 357's.
    They are NOT low recoil. Shame on Federal
    for using this market ploy to sell ammo.
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    I have to believe their so called "low recoil"
    applies to their 40 caliber too.

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    from what i have read the penetration is 11 - 12 in the gel crap that they use. ill see if i can find that web site agin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Coach View Post
    I bought their "low recoil" 130 grain 357's.
    They are NOT low recoil. Shame on Federal
    for using this market ploy to sell ammo.
    Federal Premium - Handgun Details
    I have to believe their so called "low recoil"
    applies to their 40 caliber too.
    +1 They seemed every bit as snappy as the standard load in my snubby.

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    I like their low recoil .327 mag; but, the low recoil part is not much lower.

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    I figured the 135 grain was to make it come out slower and to make people feel like they were buying a "safer" bullet.

    Kinda like eating a double bacon, bacon burger with extra bacon and drinking a Diet Coke at the same time. Sure the Diet Coke has less calories but the overall meal is a killer.

    Sorry for the strange comparison but I am cooking dinner and I am starving.
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    I got the Low Recoil .380 hollowpoints for my pa-63. They were all over the target at 50 feet. I was not impressed and the low recoil part is definately a marketing ploy.

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