View Poll Results: Favorite load for SD?

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  • 135gr

    10 3.83%
  • 155gr

    47 18.01%
  • 165gr

    95 36.40%
  • 180gr

    109 41.76%
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    I read an extensive ballistic report and it concluded either 155 or 165 is best. Surprisingly, 155 actually performed slightly better than 165 for SD.

    I personally use 165 Winchester Ranger SXT and 155 Federal HST

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    I use 165-gr Speer GDHP in my Ruger KP-91 and 180-gr Speer GDHP Short Barrel in my SIG P239, for home protection.

    This might seem to be a split decision on my part, but it really isnít. Iíve had my Ruger KP-91 for a considerable time and it has shown a slight preference for 165-gr loadings, be they factory loads or my own reloads.

    My SIG P239 is a recent purchase, and I need more range time with it, before I make a final determination as to what bullet weight it prefers. Additionally, I have been distracted from this goal by my purchase of a spare barrel chambered for the .357SIG cartridge. I may decide to use it as a .357SIG rather than as a .40 S&W.

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    My personal .40SWs are loaded with 155gr Gold Dot for the purely scientific reason of that was what was available the last time I bought .40SW ammo. I'm not a fan of the .40 though and rarely utilize it on a personal basis and don't use it on a professional basis other than to qualify now that I have an option of what to carry.

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    Gold Dot's for me

    I like the 180gr Gold Dots.

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    I' have winchester pdx1 180 gr jhp for carry/home defense !

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    I don't have an XD but I use Hornady Critical Defense in .40

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    Here is the reason why to go with a .40 S&W over a 9mm:


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    Winchester Ranger 155 gr. JHP for carry. UMC 185 gr. JHPs and various other brand TMJs and FMJs for practice. The mid weights have shown the best penetration in the data that I have seen.

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    All ive ever used is 180gr and Im not sure why

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    I used what I can find in Walmart but 165 seems to be it, both FMJs and HPs.

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    Re: Here's the .40S&W poll

    I use 180gr. Federal HST or Speer Gold Dot 180gr. Later & Peace

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    Winchester PDX1 at 165gr for at Home. Range stuff i actually use 180gr mostly, and if they have to the Winchester value packs that are 165gr.

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    Winchester 180gr. JHP for defense and 165gr FMJ for target plinking.

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    My Sig is partial to anything 180, but the Glock 23 threw them all over the map, so I use the CorBon 165 JHP, and have had good shooting with them.

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    i guess i'm the only one who uses 155gr Winchester Silvertips?

    nobody else must have werewolf issues in their neighborhood.

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    Here's the .40S&W poll

    Buffalo Bore +P 155 grain JHP for both my HD and PD guns.

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    For home defense I keep em loaded with federal 165 grain JHP.

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    I have several loads I'm comfortable with carrying in 40S&W, 155gr Speer GD, Corbon 135gr HP, WW 180gr Bonded HP (Federal Gov't contract overrun) I believe are PDX1's.

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    For range I prefer WWB 180 gr for SD Carry its Hornady 175gr critical Duty.

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    My 3rd Gen G23 throws the 135 Federal HST all over the place. Lucky to keep them on the paper at 15 yds! Currently using Rem. 180 HP. Excellent accuracy, but 165 grain FMJ is even better. Just picked up a box of Hornady Critical Defense 165. if they shoot as good as the FMJ, that will be my new SD round. For some reason, my Glock likes the stiffer loads much better?

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    I still dig the 180 JHP for my S&W. I prefer a heavy, slower moving round in .40 S&W.

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    For defense loads I have shot or carried PMC 165 jhp, 180 jhp Remington, 180 TAP, 135 Hydra-Shock. And now have decided that Hornady Critical Defense 165gr. is the best for my use.

    For practice I use 180gr cast or plated reloads

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