.40 Cal home defense ammo

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  1. Jun 23, 2010 #1
    surfish95747

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    Hey guys, I know this is a topic that has probably been discussed, I couldn't find an answer to my specific question.

    Q #1: For all you 4" Service Model XD 40 owners, what is the best home defense (hollow point) ammunition for your gun. I have been looking at the following; Hornady Tap, Harnady XTP, Winchester PTX (?), Remington etc. Thanks guys!

     
  2. Jun 23, 2010 #2
    agalindo

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    Any of the ones you mentioned along with the list below will do. You will need to fire some through your gun and see if they work with no malfunctions in loading or ejecting and if you can shoot them accurately. I would recommend you fire at least 40 rounds preferably 100 with no malfunctions.

    .40 S&W:
    Barnes XPB 140 & 155 gr JHP (copper bullet)
    Speer Gold Dot 155 gr JHP
    Federal Tactical 165 gr JHP (LE40T3)
    Winchester Ranger-T 165 gr JHP (RA40TA)
    Winchester Partition Gold 165 gr JHP (RA401P)
    Federal HST 180 gr JHP (P40HST1)
    Federal Tactical 180 gr JHP (LE40T1)
    Remington Golden Saber 180 gr JHP (GS40SWB)
    Speer Gold Dot 180 gr JHP
    Winchester Ranger-T 180 gr JHP (RA40T)
    Winchester 180 gr bonded JHP (Q4355 or S40SWPDB1)
     
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    QBiN

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    I use Corbon's 140gr DPX rounds for home-defense. They use the Barnes X-Bullets mentioned first in agalindo's list with a fairly high muzzle velocity for some pretty impressive numbers.

    Though, most of the ones previously mentioned will do just fine.
     
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    agalindo

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    Don't get caught up in the "muzzle energy thing" All the bullets listed pass FBI/IWBA protocols. In pistol rounds once the round penetrates the required minimum and expands the excess muzzle energy and velocity will not wound via "energy dump-hydorstatic shock" it will just add to recoil and muzzle blast.
     
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    for home defense consider finding out what your local LEO's use and copy them, should something happen, in court you can defend the choice pretty easy by referencing the fact that local LEO's chose it, and so you did too.
     
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    I use Winchester PDX1 180gr.
     
  7. Jun 23, 2010 #7
    surfish95747

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    Thats a good idea thanks.
     
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    Just don't use the +P, waste of money, extra recoil, extra muzzle blast, extra wear on the pistol with no improvement in results. I use Speer Gold Dots in all calibers, but any of the ones in Agalindo's post works fine. I won't use Remington Golden Sabers because of my experience. Bought a case of them, only six out of each ten rounds would fire - that is in three different Sig Arms pistols
     
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    surfish95747

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    Thanks, I'll go get some and get to the range. I pick up my gun on the 3rd. Again, stupid 10 day wait period. Has anybody played around with home made ballistics gell? Just for fun?
     
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    agalindo

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    Too expensive and time consuming.

     

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