Your Favorite .40S&W Bullet Weight

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    Question Your Favorite .40S&W Bullet Weight

    Here's one for all you who carry .40S&W. I know what bullet weight I prefer... I would like to hear what you prefer to carry and why.

    I haven't made it a poll as I'm not sure how many different weights are offered in .40S&W and didn't want to leave anybody out.
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    My personal favorite is 135-grain or 155-grain for the added velocity, but many will favor the 180-grain subsonics.
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    I LOVE the 165gr HST.
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    I LOVE the 165gr HST.
    I am not sure that I am in LOVE with the 165 Gr HST, but it is the round I have selected for EDC

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    I carried 155gr HST or Hornady TAP.

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    Another vote for the 165gr HST JHP. Shoots like butter through my XD(m). I am not a fan of the 180gr - just can't seem to get a tight pattern with it.

    I would like to give some 135gr / 155gr a try, but the ammo shortage has put that on hold.
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    125 Gr. In addition I like to bottle neck the .40 S&W down to around a 9mm bullet. It is close in performance to a 125 gr .357 Magnum.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thanis View Post
    125 Gr. In addition I like to bottle neck the .40 S&W down to around a 9mm bullet. It is close in performance to a 125 gr .357 Magnum.
    Are you suggesting a 9mm bullet crimped in a 40 case, then shot out of a 40 cal handgun? That's a bad idea for lots of reasons!

    I just picture the bullet bouncing around the barrel instead of getting it's stabilizing spin.

    Of course, shoot that out of a 357 sig barrel, then you'll be okay. :P
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    I think he was referring to .357 Sig. Just look at his sig line............


    As for the .40 bullet weight, I like the 180 gr. in weapons that are not Glocks and 155-165 gr. in my Glocks.

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    The heavier...the better...180 gr Remington Golden Saber

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    I like 180gr.

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    180 gr Gold Dots. The 165 gr GDHP's have excellent specs as well.
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    165gr hst's

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    I would have to say my favorite is federal 165 grain hydrashock jacketed hollowpoints.

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    I prefer the 180 Grain loads myself as they seem to be less "snappy" and tend to more resemble a .45 ACP than some of the lighter bullets do.

    I have carried and used the 155 Grain bullets and would use them again if my supply of 180 Grain bullets ran out. I think I still have some stashed away.

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