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Old October 18th, 2011, 10:35 PM   #1
 
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SR40 carry ammo. 155 grain or 180 grain?

what kind of ammo do you carry for your SR40? im new to 40 S&W so im gonna go with whatever ammo has less recoil, and most likely Federal HST or gold dots.

from my experience with 9mm 147 grain shoots softer than 115/124 grain.

has anyone ever shot these in an SR40?



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Old October 22nd, 2011, 03:01 PM   #2
 
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I am still messing around with ammo for my SR40. So far I am finding that 155 or 165 shoot the "softest". I just went through 1K of 165 grain target ammo, and was pretty pleased with the over results.
However my first bulk order of 180 grain just showed up this week, so I'll have a much better opinion on the matter in about a month. The boxes that I have shot have definitely seemed to be not as soft as the 165. Unsure if it is the gun that prefers the lighter grain, or the shooter.

No experience in actual life and death shootings (thank goodness!), but my copy of Mas Ayoob's Combat Handgunnery has him recommend the very high fps (like 1300) 135 grains for civilian defense, and the 155 or 165 grain at 1200/1150 fps, respectively, for a duty round that will pass the FBI 12 inch barrier penetration test. My edition is quite old though (5th), and I am sure there much newer and better information out there. The general lesson that I took from it is that fps should be on the zippy side for best performance. Also the 180 grain slug works--but can over penetrate (he wasn't clear if he meant walls or people).

It will be a couple of months before I really narrow down what I like to shoot with this gun, but hopefully the information helps.


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Which ever you can control the best and put bullets on target. Being able to hit your target is way more important than bullet weight.

I just got a new Springfield Armory 1911 Loaded and a Para Slim-hawg. Looks like 165g for both of them. But then my grip isn't what it used to be either.
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I prefer and carry 155 JHP, although I practice with 180 FMJ, as thats a lot cheaper in the bulk packs.

From a short barrel (3.6") I don't rely on the 180's to achieve expansion. As a citizen CCW I don't have to shoot through windshields, etc. The 155 suits my purpose better.
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I have only shot 180, but you have me considering others. . . looks like a trip to Wally World and the range tomorrow . . . at least that is the excuse I will give the wife:-)
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As a citizen CCW I don't have to shoot through windshields, etc.
You know, I thought about that, and I came to a different conclusion. Since I am by definition the defender, I literally have no idea where I may need a weapon or when. The bad guy gets to choose that :-(

I mean, while the situation may be someone breaking into my house, it might also be a carjacking type situation, or one of those new "AK into restaurant" fad shootings. In some of those cases I might want the capability to shoot through glass over the lighter recoil.

Right now my SD ammo load out is up in the air.

YMMV.


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I have several 40 caliber handguns and use Federal HST 180 grain and Speer Gold Dots 180 grain. I can keep these at point of aim. The lighter faster loads shoot low in some of my handguns so I stick with 180 for consistency.

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I don't have a SR-40 yet but plan on adding a SR-40c soon. I do however have a SIG-229 in 40 S&W and carry the Speer Gold Dot in 155gr. I would also feel very comfortable with the Corbon 135gr JHP and plan on trying a box or two as soon as I find some.
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You know, I thought about that, and I came to a different conclusion. Since I am by definition the defender, I literally have no idea where I may need a weapon or when. The bad guy gets to choose that :-(

I mean, while the situation may be someone breaking into my house, it might also be a carjacking type situation, or one of those new "AK into restaurant" fad shootings. In some of those cases I might want the capability to shoot through glass over the lighter recoil.

Right now my SD ammo load out is up in the air.

YMMV.


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Interesting report here of some tests by the San Angelo PD. 180 will go through glass and are very effective. They just do not expand as much as the lighter rounds
http://le.atk.com/pdf/SanAngeloWBW_Report.pdf
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I am not shooting an SR40 but do shoot a couple of Glock 22's. For 40 S&W I use a 165 grain bullet. The Winchester white box 165 grain fmj is relatively inexpensive and available at Walmart in 50 and 100 round boxes here.

So what I do is use that for practice and a source of cases then load 165 grain Remington Golden Sabre's with Hodgdon Longshot to the same velocity as the Winchester fmj's, about 1,075 fps. on my Chrony.

Both are very accurate and plesant to shoot. I also use a 3 lb. lighter recoil spring (14 lb.), just enough to close to battery on the vertical test.
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