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Old 02-26-2012, 18:27   #1
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Lowest Power .40 FMJ?

The other day I went to the range with the G23. I had 2 boxes of Federal American Eagle 165gr and 2 boxes of Sellior & Belliot 180gr. Wow, what a difference in recoil! The Federal felt like it was going to tear the slide right off whereas the Sellior felt like shooting 9mm.

So out of all the .40 FMJ range stuff you have shot, what do you think produces the least amount of recoil? Brand and weight.
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Old 02-26-2012, 18:34   #2
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softest I've shot is the 180gr monarch ammo that Academy sales. Very accurate and punches clean holes too.
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Old 02-26-2012, 18:49   #3
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probably any load found in Winchester white box from Walmart

I got a new XD40 and didn't have any brass or dies yet so I bought a box of 180 grain ball rounds

they functioned fine

but when I got my own loads and was working them up on my chronograph, I shot some of the WWB stuff and my lightest loads were 100 FPS faster than the factory stuff

about the only place they can scrimp is in the powder, and they do
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Old 02-26-2012, 19:00   #4
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I reload and start at the low end for obvious reasons. My first batch was very soft shooting. Haven't shot it alongside 9mm but it might be even softer than 9mm factory target loads. Still cycled the gun and is still accurate.
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Old 02-27-2012, 17:54   #5
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Federal did make some Hydra-shock defensive ammo that was a 165 grain hollowpoint doing 980fps (or 950, I can't remember). That was some really low recoil .40S&W defensive ammo.
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WWB is the softest shooting I notice in 40. Followed by Federal 180's.
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Old 03-07-2012, 19:57   #7
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Some of the softest-recoiling ammo I have ever shot (judging by "feel" alone) is Remington UMC fmj rounds. They seemed very weak and about as dirty as steel-cased rounds.
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Old 03-08-2012, 03:15   #8
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Softest shooting 40sw Ive shot is tulammo, noticeably softer than WWB.
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Old 03-08-2012, 17:58   #9
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Lower recoil is a nice by-product of the 165 grain. Fact: All guns "like" particular rounds. In 2000 I benched my G22 Gen 3 and ran a variety of brands, weights and bullet types thru it. Most accurate was Federal 165g Hydroshock. Since that is too expensive to shoot for practice, I found that most good quality brand 165g are sufficient. I also know that hollow points are more accurate (aerodynamics, for years I've loaded boat tail hollow points for my .223 as they are the best).

Now I buy cans of 500 rounds 165g hollow points from Georgia Arms for $150. Cheap, accurate shooting all the time. BTW they ship via UPS.
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Old 03-12-2012, 03:37   #10
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Lowest Power .40?
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Old 03-12-2012, 15:37   #11
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Every time I've chronographed Federal and WWB, Federal comes in about 50fps slower than WWB.
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Old 03-13-2012, 00:08   #12
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180 gr UMC (I think, bulk box of 100 from Wal Mart) JHP are very light recoiling too!

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Old 03-14-2012, 09:13   #13
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I think the bulk WWB 165gr's at WalMart do less than 1000fps. Only thing is, it's got to be the most inconsistent and inaccurate ammo I've ever had the displeasure of firing. It will turn an accurate gun and make you think somethings wrong with it. Now, for the record, maybe I bought some bad batches....but it's awful stuff. The 180gr WWB hopefully is a lot better.

I don't even know if it's still around, but I have some boxes of "Miwall" .40cal 180gr TMJ's that are REALLY low recoiling...and they shoot surprisingly good. I got them years back from outdoor marksman for like $6 per 50.
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