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180gr vs 165gr in 40 cal

This is a discussion on 180gr vs 165gr in 40 cal within the Ammo Dump forums, part of the Firearm Forum category; Originally Posted by Iowegan Gabe, I read the article in your post and for the most part, I agree with the author's suggestions. The comparisons ...

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Old February 28th, 2012, 02:33 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by Iowegan View Post
Gabe, I read the article in your post and for the most part, I agree with the author's suggestions. The comparisons with a 10mm Auto have no place in this article ... totally different cartridge at a totally different working pressure .... apples and oranges.

There are three main things to consider with any cartridge and the order of priority changes with the intended use. For a "carry load", the absolute most important parameter is function. You just can't risk a load that won't function flawless in your gun. The second is "power" but with a 40 S&W, any factory load will meet or exceed self defense needs so it's really not an issue. Next is accuracy. For self defense you need "adequate" accuracy, not bullseye target grade accuracy. You could also add recoil, cost and availability of ammo, etc.

For a range/target gun, you aren't concerned with power and can tolerate a cartridge that may not function perfectly flawless so accuracy becomes more important.

In recent years, most law enforcement agencies that carry 40 S&Ws went to 165 gr "Lawman" ammo, which is rated at 1000 fps versus 1150 fps for "full power" 165 gr loads. The Lawman load is not perfect for all situations but it is the best overall compromise when function, accuracy, recoil, and power are considered.
IOWEGAN: As usually, you always make a lot of sense and explain things in quick, simple terms that are easily absorbed! Once again...thank you!

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