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Freq18Hz
05-03-2011, 2:05 PM
Hi all,

Apologies if this has been asked a bunch before but:

I'm looking for the best home defense ammo for a Sig P226 chambered in .40 s&w.

I want to take into account reliability, wear/tear on the P226, and any legality issues.

I've heard JHP tends to be preferred?

1. Brand ?
2. Specific make/model/box ?
3. Place to purchase/expected price?

Thanks very much!

-Freq

GSwain
05-03-2011, 2:22 PM
I believe remington golden saber is quite popular, look for HD loads.

003
05-03-2011, 2:25 PM
http://www.ammunitiontogo.com/product_info.php/cPath/23_61_119/products_id/1282

rubber duckie
05-03-2011, 2:55 PM
i just bought the one on sale at turners last week Winchester bonded JHP for 18.99 i think it was.

rorschach
05-03-2011, 8:29 PM
i just bought the one on sale at turners last week Winchester bonded JHP for 18.99 i think it was.

I bought some from Turners last week too, Winchester bonded PDX1 are Black Talons without the the black finish and evil name. I got the 180 gr., I'm a believer of heavier bullets. I also like Federal Hydrashok in 180 gr., they usually run about 22 bucks at Turners.

In my .45's I use Fed Hydrashok, Winchester PDX1 and Hornady XTP, depending on what I can get my hands on, or whats on sale. All 230gr.

rubber duckie
05-03-2011, 8:33 PM
did not even know what they were. i just picked up my p226 and needed something and they were on sale. i should have bought more if i knew.

gumby
05-03-2011, 8:39 PM
180g jhp HST, its what my department issues--good stuff.

jermzzzzzzz
05-03-2011, 8:44 PM
We can still order ammo online?

Packy14
05-03-2011, 8:48 PM
We can still order ammo online?

Sure can, the evil powers in this state lost this round, buy away.

SAR_boats
05-03-2011, 9:02 PM
Best stuff will be a lighter weight/higher vel load in JHP or SJWC or JPC since most HD scenarios are within 15yds. At that distance, a heavier buller moving slower actually produces less energy on impact than a lighter one moving faster.

Might take a look at the DRT frangible stuff. They make a 150gr @ 1200fps that produces impressive results in ballistic gelatin. I suggest this because it may limit the chance of over penetration and collateral damage.

1nsanity
05-03-2011, 9:59 PM
I would actually pick up an extra box or two to test for function. I also tend to run a mag every so often (couple times a year) to retest on my primaries.

tonelar
05-03-2011, 10:26 PM
I bought some from Turners last week too, Winchester bonded PDX1 are Black Talons without the the black finish and evil name. I got the 180 gr., I'm a believer of heavier bullets. I also like Federal Hydrashok in 180 gr., they usually run about 22 bucks at Turners.

In my .45's I use Fed Hydrashok, Winchester PDX1 and Hornady XTP, depending on what I can get my hands on, or whats on sale. All 230gr.

Black Talons are at least 1 generation back (the SXT and Ranger T rounds were their equivalnts)/ Hydrashoks are even older tech.
If the PDX1 are bonded, they will easily out perform the old talons.

The current offerings in bonded, heavy weight hollow points are the best.

unltd
05-03-2011, 11:03 PM
180g jhp HST, its what my department issues--good stuff.

:stupid:

Or maybe HST in 165 if you feel the need for speed.

mattmcg
05-03-2011, 11:45 PM
I think of the Corbon DPX all copper hollow points as a very viable and high performing HD round. Grizzly Cartridge has an Extreme line of turned solid hollow points which look to be about the nastiest HD rounds out there.

That said a good attorney told me once, "You should consider the ammo used by your local PD to protect yourself in the event you do have to defend yourself." Not sure if I agree or not but figured I would pass that along as well.

451040
05-04-2011, 4:20 AM
40 S&W 165 gr Hornady Critical Defense (http://www.hornady.com/store/40-S-and-W-165-gr-Critical-Defense/)


Test Barrel (4")

Velocity (fps)/Energy (ft-lbs) - 1175/506 (muzzle)

40 S&W 165 gr. FTX - Heavy Clothing:
http://www.hornady.com/assets/images/products/ammo/gel/40-S&W-Critical-Defense-gel.jpg





I don't know how it functions in a Sig P226 but you can pick some up for ~$20/20 at Turner's (socal). Whatever ammunition you choose, run at least several boxes through your HD gun.

HoggerNaut
05-04-2011, 4:28 AM
I believe remington golden saber is quite popular, look for HD loads.

Ditto! Their my carry ammo also!

Snapping Twig
05-04-2011, 7:26 AM
http://www.ammoengine.com/find/ammo/.40_S&W

esartori
05-04-2011, 9:27 AM
winchester ranger t's or PDX1 work great

Interfan
05-04-2011, 9:30 AM
Narrow down your choices, buy a box of each; then test fire it with the mag you will be using for carry/HD. If you have any issues, don't use that ammo. There is no "best" there's only what works best for you in your gun.

J.D.Allen
05-04-2011, 9:42 AM
Federal 180 gr. HST

Speer 180 gr. Gold Dot

'Nuf said.

J.D.Allen
05-04-2011, 9:44 AM
Go troll somewhere else. If you dont like the thread, please dont post in it. Thanks.

-Freq

A newbie telling a guy with over 1700 posts that he's trolling...:rolleyes:

Dude he's not trolling. This question gets asked here about once a week. Just like on every other gun forum.

626Tony
05-04-2011, 12:04 PM
PDX1

AaronC11
05-04-2011, 12:10 PM
Federal HST 165 or 180 gr.

Speer Gold Dot 165 or 180 gr.

Check out the ballistic tests on Youtube. These 2 rounds consistently outperform others. Andreleger and TnOutdoors9 do great sim tests

retired
05-04-2011, 7:46 PM
A newbie telling a guy with over 1700 posts that he's trolling...:rolleyes:

Dude he's not trolling. This question gets asked here about once a week. Just like on every other gun forum.

It doesn't make a difference how many posts one has; that was trolling. As one member said, if you don't like the thread, don't post in it. I would add, don't read it either.

If you have an answer for the OP, post it, if you wish to make a snide remark, don't. Pretty simple.

Freq18Hz
05-04-2011, 9:14 PM
Thanks to everyone who provided info on this, much appreciated! It's good to know that there is a wide range of JHP ammo that should be reliable.

-Freq

Damiiaaannn
05-04-2011, 9:16 PM
Black Talons!

drdarrin@sbcglobal.net
05-04-2011, 9:28 PM
I reload and mine is loaded with what I practice with; Berry's Bullets Plated HPs.
My suggestion is you shoot what you practice with as well. In the unlikely event you ever need to use your weapon, I doubt that the target will care if ball, talons or silver bullets are coming their way.
Assess, shoot if necessary, repeat until empty.
Just my $0.02