This is a discussion on Best .40 defensive load? within the Defensive Ammunition & Ballistics forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Higher grains = more lead to spread. I like 180 grains because the recoil isn't as snappy as lesser grains, so it feels easier (for ...
Higher grains = more lead to spread.
I like 180 grains because the recoil isn't as snappy as lesser grains, so it feels easier (for me) to do accurate follow up shots. It's noticeable enough for me to make the change. Your experience may vary.
I currently carry 165 Gold-Dot because I can't find WW-155 Silver tips. I had a documented report (lost it some where) that the WW round had the most proven "one shot stops". This info was mostly from LEO (city, state & fed) so it may be just because it was the round at hand but as I recall it was close to 50%. The Gold-Dot has a great rep so I went with it.
I load Speer Gold Dot 165 gr.
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Currently, the wife and I are using cor-bon pow'rball 135 grain in our carry guns.
"Stand your ground, don't fire unless fired upon, but if they mean to have a war, let it begin here!" - John Parker April 19th, 1775 Lexington, MA
You will find that 135gr is the most effective.
Recommendations from me would be as follows:
#1 Cor-Bon Sierra 135gr JHP
#2 Triton Hi-VEL 135gr JHP
#3 Winchester Silvertip 155gr JHP
I just found this website that I am looking into. The specs for their ammo sounds amazing. Much better than any round I have seen.
RBCD Performance Plus, Inc. Ammunition some amazing looking figures on fps and energy.
also, Doubletapammo Shop has been rated pretty highly. I have asked about that on this forum and received great response.
Bersa Thunder .380
SIG P250 Full Size and SC 9mm
I carry the RBCD in my XD40sc, followed by hydro-shoks in the 135gr flavor. My back up mag is all hydro-shoks.
I haven't been able to find the powerball ammo here, was interested in it, when I found the RBCD.
You only require two things.
1. it shoots reliably (imagine hearing a click when you needed a bang).
2. YOU shoot it accurately ("stops" happen ONLY when you place the bullets where they need to go so they can do their job).
Pretty much everything else is an opinion...
To see if it's good look for how it answer either or both items above.
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I carry a Hornady, 155gr JHP, it works for me.
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I've heard so much on "Stopping Power" that is conflicting that I feel you just have to go with your gut instincts for carry ammo. Just keep practicing so you will put the shots where they need to be and any good quality HP ammo will do the rest.
Last edited by johnsonabq; May 25th, 2009 at 10:42 PM. Reason: To clarify
Kimber Ultra Carry II, Glock G23 & G36, Kahr PM9, Winchester 1300 Defender 12gauge pump (my favorite but hard to hide)
I would think a distinquished member like your self would know that it's common knowledge, that most defensive shots occur at about 5-10ft and that penetration is not the rationale for the shot. Correct me if I'm wrong but the primary reason of shooting someone who has the intention of bringing you grave harm or possibly death is to knock them down with the gunshot. Which means expansion and weight of the round is the key to doing so.
The fact that they bleed profusely from the penetration is a side effect that keeps them incapacitated while you escape or call for law enforcement which is not as fast as your rounds.
As for expansion, I have not seen any better than this one.
Yea it's a little more harsh than others but lethal force (only when necessary) is not a game of patty-cake.
.40 S&W Winchester 180gr Ranger SXT JHP (Glock 27)
When I had my Glock 23, I really liked the Winchester Ranger series. I usually had the 155 gr JHP.
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