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GoBigOrange
06-27-2010, 20:41
I really don't want to turn this into a pissing contest but I'm curious what grain you all prefer.

I currently have Hornady Tap 180 grain but I was thinking about switching to Gold Dots. Only problem is that they offer 3 weights to choose from.

So lets hear it! :2gun:

coal
06-27-2010, 21:48
9mm = 147
40 = 180
45 = 230

Heavy for caliber is my preference.

thegriz18
06-27-2010, 23:07
165. IMO, the optimized 40 load. The 155 gold dot is also a very good choice. I'd probably opt for the 155 gold dot over the 165. For everything else, 165. I wish Winchester would make a 155 grain Ranger T/PDX1 load.

pimuk
06-28-2010, 00:02
The 180 grainer in Glock 23 due to the recoil impulse characteristic and my impressed accuracy.

fredj338
06-28-2010, 11:09
I'm in the 165gr compromise camp. Enough weight for good penetration & enough vel to sustain penetration after good expansion. Recoil is about the same as the 180gr but seems less than the 155gr.

dougader
06-28-2010, 22:20
Yeah, but will it "perforate?" LOL....:rofl:

Glolt20-91
06-28-2010, 23:01
Yeah, but will it "perforate?" LOL....:rofl:

:wow::rofl::rofl: That's funny!!!

I bought Winchester's 180gr PDX ammo for my significant other's FNP-40, but I/we don't have any real world experience with it.

Welcome aboard.

Bob :cowboy:

dougader
06-28-2010, 23:21
:wow::rofl::rofl: That's funny!!!

I bought Winchester's 180gr PDX ammo for my significant other's FNP-40, but I/we don't have any real world experience with it.

Welcome aboard.

Bob :cowboy:

I'm glad you think so. Hope Fred takes it that way, too. I was laughing as I typed it. :)

When I was young I liked the light and fast stuff, too. :upeyes:

I tend toward middle of the road and heavier bullets now. Don't have a 40, but the 10 got the 165 as my most carried load. 200 grain xtp's or hardcast slugs for woods carry.

Angry Fist
06-28-2010, 23:22
180 for .40... I like heavier .40's

155 TAC-XP for 10mm... Perfect balance of power and expansion. Nice cavity. 100% Weight Retention. :thumbsup:

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/zz13/MO_FUGGAZ/BarnesTACXP.gif?t=1277789417

167
06-29-2010, 00:50
Depends on the bullet. Some work better in different weights than others.

cadillacguns
06-29-2010, 07:40
One eight-o for me.

collim1
06-29-2010, 08:11
9mm = 147
40 = 180
45 = 230

Heavy for caliber is my preference.

I agree. I am issued and required to carry 165g Gold Dots, but would prefer the 180.

I carry the 147g Gold Dots in the G26 as a BUG/off-duty weapon.

GunFighter45ACP
06-29-2010, 08:35
I've got Hornady 180s in my G27 these days. Out of my gun, they offer good accuracy & seem to work well in terms of the relation between recoil & handling it's effects w/a shorter barrel & framed gun. If I were packing a G22 though, I might go w/something lighter & faster to get more expansion & the size/weight of that gun may help w/recoil control a little better, too.

glocksterr
06-29-2010, 08:57
i would rather be shot with a 9mm than a .40, if i had a choice.


:whistling:

fredj338
06-29-2010, 11:46
i would rather be shot with a 9mm than a .40, if i had a choice.

:whistling:
I'ld rather not be shot, but if someone let me choose, it would be the smallest caliber available, or a 135grJHP @ 1500fps that explodes on my belt buckle:whistling:. Bigger bullets make bigger holes.:supergrin:
Yeah, but will it "perforate?"
They all perforate, some just deeper than others.

HydraShok
06-29-2010, 11:59
I carry 180gr Win USA JHP. By my thinking penetration is mandatory if the vitals and especially the CNS are to be reached, expansion is gravy. I'll take expansion, but not at the expense of penetration, this is why I prefer the 180.

Thunderbolt56
06-29-2010, 12:29
I've carried 155gr and 165gr Gold Dots.

vafish
06-29-2010, 12:29
Bullet design is more important then bullet weight.

The good news about the .40 S+W is that since it is the most common round used in American Law Enforcement it gets more R+D then any other handgun caliber. So there really aren't any bad .40 S+W JHP's out there. As long as it functioned well in my gun I wouldn't be that concerned about which brand of JHP I was carrying in a .40 S+W.

As far as bullet weight goes, folks have been arguing the heavy and slow vs light and fast since cave men started throwing rocks.

If you want to avoid the silly arguments just pick a middle weight for caliber bullet (155-165 gr. in the .40 S+W) in one of the "premium" lines, check to make sure they function 100% by firing 100-200 rounds through your gun and don't worry about it.

CanyonMan
06-29-2010, 12:59
I'ld rather not be shot, but if someone let me choose, it would be the smallest caliber available, or a 135grJHP @ 1500fps that explodes on my belt buckle:whistling:. Bigger bullets make bigger holes.:supergrin:

They all perforate, some just deeper than others.


Amen to the BLUE !

To the rest... :rofl: That was funny fred. ;)


P.S. to the OP in staying with the thread. I am 'heavy for caliber'. If I were to carry a .40cal it would be 180gr XTP.


Stay safe fred !



CM

fredj338
06-29-2010, 13:02
Bullet design is more important then bullet weight.
If you want to avoid the silly arguments just pick a middle weight for caliber bullet (155-165 gr. in the .40 S+W) in one of the "premium" lines, check to make sure they function 100% by firing 100-200 rounds through your gun and don't worry about it.

Words to live by.:supergrin:

CanyonMan
06-29-2010, 13:15
Bullet design is more important then bullet weight.

The good news about the .40 S+W is that since it is the most common round used in American Law Enforcement it gets more R+D then any other handgun caliber. So there really aren't any bad .40 S+W JHP's out there. As long as it functioned well in my gun I wouldn't be that concerned about which brand of JHP I was carrying in a .40 S+W.

As far as bullet weight goes, folks have been arguing the heavy and slow vs light and fast since cave men started throwing rocks.

If you want to avoid the silly arguments just pick a middle weight for caliber bullet (155-165 gr. in the .40 S+W) in one of the "premium" lines, check to make sure they function 100% by firing 100-200 rounds through your gun and don't worry about it.


Vafish, (whom I respect). Just had to go and screw up everything with logic. :faint:



Stay safe amigo ! ;)


CanyonMan

James Dean
06-29-2010, 17:02
Speer Gold Dot 180gr for .40
Speer Gold Dot 124gr for 9mm

FLglockdude
06-29-2010, 22:12
165gr Gold Dots reside in my G23.

sdrnavy
06-29-2010, 22:29
180 Gold dots and 165 grain Winchetser Ranger t series, from my FNP 40

BlutoBlutarsky
06-29-2010, 23:01
When I carried a .40 I got the best results from my "highly scientific" backyard testing with 165 GDHP's and they were the most accurate from both my Sig and Beretta pistols.

herose
06-29-2010, 23:04
I carry 180 grain Federal HST in my 23.

shooting4pizza
06-30-2010, 00:06
Glock 23 with 165 Remington Golden Saber for me it just fits the bill in all areas of my needs.

Maine1
06-30-2010, 00:28
I come at it from a 10mm point of view.
I liker the XTP, hands down. for 40 i like the 155, as the 180 is better used in the 10mm, and the 40 can move the 155 fast enought to do the job.

Many weights will do the job, as long as you place it well enough.

i think its a waste to use a 200 gr in a 40, it does well enought with the light/midwieght bullets.

the 135 gr blows up? had not heard that, and i was actually considering getting some to try.

rome2240sw
07-01-2010, 09:45
i dont rack and un-rack my ammo into the chamber very often so i go for the 180gr since I'm not too worried about bullet setback. But In summer time and early fall i sometimes choose to load one mag with 165gr gold dots and one mag with 180gr HSTs.. Alot of my friends tote 2 extra mags but i carry one. 2 extra mags is something done by LE

barsto
07-01-2010, 11:02
My duty load was 180 grain gold dot

Straightpipe
07-01-2010, 11:09
I'm a 180 guy when I can find it. For a while here locally all that could be found was 165's

Eagle22
07-01-2010, 15:39
for ny G22 and G27

Federal 180g HST and FJM or
Speer 180g Gold Dot and TMJ

granitemonkey
07-01-2010, 16:40
165 Gold Dots and 165 HST's for me. But I am a 9MM guy for the most part, yeah I said it 9MM:tongueout:

But I really like the velocity and energy of the 165's. Bear in mind I wouldnt hesitate to carry PDX1's, Ranger-Ts, HST's, Gold Dots and XTP's in any weight. Especially the 155 HST's, those things have some incredible expansion