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Best .40 Caliber Self Defense Round

This is a discussion on Best .40 Caliber Self Defense Round within the Defensive Ammunition & Ballistics forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I use the HST's, these are all good; .40 S&W: Speer Gold Dot 155 gr JHP (53961) Speer 165 grain or 180 grain Gold Dot ...

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    I use the HST's, these are all good;

    .40 S&W:

    Speer Gold Dot 155 gr JHP (53961)
    Speer 165 grain or 180 grain Gold Dot
    Federal Tactical 165 gr JHP (LE40T3)
    Federal HST 180 gr JHP (P40HST1)
    Federal Tactical 180 gr JHP (LE40T1)
    Federal "Homeland Defender" 180 grain HST
    Federal Tactical Bonded 165 grain
    Remington Golden Saber 180 gr JHP (GS40SWB)
    Winchester Ranger-T 165 gr JHP (RA40TA)
    Winchester Ranger-T 180 gr JHP (RA40T)
    Winchester Partition Gold 165 gr JHP (RA401P)
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    MinistrMalic brings up alot of good points, something to think about for sure. I dont worry to much about over penetration if I am getting good, or even crappy, body shots - by the time a round has penetrated the 8"-14" of a BG's torso anything coming out the other side is unlikely to have enough energy to even pierce the skin of another tgt. Now if you get hits on the upper shoulder of a thin target.... then you minght have to worry IF the round goes clean through and doesnt hit any bone.

    I will certainly look into the MagSafe rounds because I like to learn about anything new that could potentially do the job better!

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    For what it is worth, American law enforcement has two ISO 9000 rated laboratories (I believe that;s the correct category), one run by the FBI for the DOJ and one ran by ICE for DHS. Both conduct testing and evaluation for their respective Departments as well as the greater law enforcement community.

    Both currently recommend 180 grain JHPs at a bit over 1000 fps.
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    the best 40 cal round is the round/brand that works in your gun.
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    I carry Winchester Rangers (180 grain or 155 grain) for a couple of reasons:
    1) Feed reliably in my gun (as has everything else).
    2) My simple 5 one gallon water jug test resulted in a recovered slug that measured .91 in diameter and retained its full weight.
    3) With 50 rounds for less than $20, I can afford to practice with a few mags of my carry ammo and not break the bank.

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    I carry a Federal 180gr HST in my SR40c, my goal is always "stop the threat". Period.

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    I've got a few I like, hornady 165grn FTX, their 155grn XTP, and Winchester 155grn STHP. The FTX doesn't have the deep penetration of the other 2 but it expands a lot more and hold together good for how much it does expand, very good and nasty warm weather round

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    I'm a fan of the heavier bullet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by usmc3169 View Post

    The water jugs were cool and all, but that demonstration has absolutely nothing to do with what those rounds will do in the human body.

    Just my 2 cents
    Well worth more than 2 cents.

    The OP seems to be talking or asking about one shot stop.
    Ask any deer hunter about "one shot stop 'em' in their tracks"

    One shot? In a SD scenario? I think not.

    Believing your (whiz bang 1.25 x orig size, symmetrical pedals, 135 gr do it all, $2.29 per rnd" will incapacitate a threat with one shot could get you killed.

    Believing in, relying on or delaying your follow on shots wondering what the effect of the first rnd is may have similar results.

    There are many SD rounds available..find one that shoots well from your weapon. If you train properly, wondering about which round is "best" will no longer be a question.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Erik View Post
    For what it is worth, American law enforcement has two ISO 9000 rated laboratories (I believe that;s the correct category), one run by the FBI for the DOJ and one ran by ICE for DHS. Both conduct testing and evaluation for their respective Departments as well as the greater law enforcement community.

    Both currently recommend 180 grain JHPs at a bit over 1000 fps.
    And the biggest reason for that is the PC hires cannot handle the 155's.
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    I practice with 180 grain re-loads.

    I carry 175 grain Hornady Critical Duty.
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    And, 5 years later, the 155, to 180 weight class bullets are still the go to rounds.
    Although I feel best performance of the 40 is with the 155 to 165.
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    Our state police use the 155 grain Speer Gold Dot for some reason.


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    I use Winchester Ranger Bonded or PDX1 Defenders in 165gr, which by the way...I think they are the same thing.
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    Lately Ive been packing my mags with the Liberty USM40 which is a 2000fps round that is unbelievably light which makes the pistol lighter and sometimes wont feel it at all.

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