Cheap, low recoil .40 ammo for training w/ wife?

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  1. klawson

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    Hi, New member to the XD community here. Just bought XD40 service. :)
    Whats some ammo that has low recoil for teaching my wife to shoot and cheap enough to get lots of trigger time. Thanx...
     
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    The cheapest .40 caliber ammo I've ever been able to find is Winchester white box at Wal-Mart. I believe I spend about $17/ box of 100.

    The recoil is manageable. My wife has never complained.
     
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    got a friend that reloads? Get him to whip you up some soft shooting ammo?
     
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    Buy her an XD9.
     
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    Or that.
     
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    I think I will get a barrel conv. to 9mm later but I just got the .40, so it'll have to wait a bit. When I get the 9 barrel she should be used to using a .40 and the 9mm should be snap.
     
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    Or that too.
     
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    cci blazers with aluminum shells are $8.49 here in alabama
     
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    My wife hates my .40, but thinks her 9mm is a kitten.

    Perhaps that's the wrong caliber for her to shoot. Since she's a new shooter, she might develop some bad habits with that snappy .40.

    Guess what!? This means that you get to buy another gun "for" her! How cool is that?

    -stunks

    P.S. WWB at around 17 bucks is the best I've found in my area (Atlanta). Also, I find that the 180 grain .40 seems to not be as snappy (to me anyways).
     
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    WWB is the cheapest way to go, IMO. If your wife doesn't like the recoil, think about getting a Dons Guide Rod and a few different springs for the gun. I put a 22# spring on mine and it takes quite a bit of the snap out of the .40.

    The other option would be be to buy the 9mm conversion barrel. Then you've got two guns in one.

    Both the DGR and conversion barrel can be bought at Pistol Gear. http://www.pistolgear.com/index.php
     
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    Try some Wolf 180 FMJ. This has been the softest-recoiling .40 factory load I have tried, and it is exactly what I use when introducing a new shooter to that caliber. You'll be starting her close to build her confidence, and it is plenty accurate for that purpose.
     
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    I was told that 180gr Miwall 40 reloaded ammo is the softest. I know they are under 950 fps which is pretty soft. You can find it at www.buyammo.com if it is in stock.
     
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    [quote="big kitchens
    cci blazers with aluminum shells are $8.49 here in\alabama[/quote]


    Here in Wi too that seems to be the best bang for your buck...I've seen it for as low as $7.49 on sale! I stocked up!! As for the .40 for your wife, mine doesn't seem to mind it at all. It is a more even recoil than the snappy 9mm. With some practice I think that she'll enjoy the .40.
     
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    Of the factory I have tested Sellier and Bellot seems to be the softest I have shot.

    http://www.nationalbullet.com/

    National Bullet is a local ammunition remanufactured here on the east side of Cleveland. If you sign up for there email list they fairly frequently send out e-coupons for 10-25% off orders. If you trade brass in their prices are very good on their remanufactured ammunition.

    180gr 40S&W for $139.00 per 1000rds delivered if you trade in brass. That's about $6.95 a box. you should be able to get it under 6.00 a box if you wait for one fo their sales or e-coupons.

    The reason I recommend this ammo is that despite what they advertise on their web site of 1000fps with 180 bullets when I chronographed their loads they only made a PF of about 152 that about 850fps. It was very soft and ran flawlessly through my XD-40. I fired about 1500rds of it through my XD-40's before I started reloading.

    Just some suggestions
    mcb
     
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    I've only put WWB and Rem. UMC through mine so far and the WWB definitely seems to be a little softer, enough so infact that I had some sticks putting it through with a 22# spring. while the UMC, which I hadn't tried before because WWB is a buck cheaper, went through smooth all day.

    I picked up a 9mm conversion barrel just because I like a lot of variety and although I'm not overly fond of it (the caliber, not the barrle, feel like I'm shooting a .22 target pistol compared to .40) the Miss. was absolute in love with the lighter recoil. She also had a little trouble pulling the slide back with the heavier spring in, so 9mm with the stock springs was just a better fit. Takes less than a minute to flip out the barrel and springs and $150 from Pistolgear is a lot cheaper than an XD9.
     

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