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I put comparison chart together to compare various brands of hollow point defense ammo.

I need to get some hollow points for my daily carry and wanted some opinions on what to get. I was using .40 Federal Hydrashok ammo but had some bad experiences with it in my XD. I would like to switch to some other brand other then Federal. What do you guys suggest as far as brand and bullet weight??? From looking at these ballistic comparisons it appears that a lighter faster bullet is the better choice. What are your thoughts??

-Derek


Brand/ Bullet weight/ Muzzle Velocity/ Muzzle Energy

9mm
Federal Hydrashok 9mm/ 124gr/ 1,120fps/ 345 ft.lbs
Federal Hydrashok 9mm/ 147gr/ 1,000fps/ 325 ft.lbs

Speer Gold Dot 9mm / 147gr/ 985fps/ 326 ft.lbs

Remington Golden Saber 9mm / 124gr/ 1,125fps/ 349 ft.lbs
Remington Golden Saber 9mm/ 147gr/ 990fps/ 320 ft.lbs
Remington Golden Saber 9mm+P/ 124gr/ 1,180fps/ 384 ft.lbs

Winchester SuperX Silvertip 9mm / 115gr/ 1,225fps/ 383 ft.lbs
Winchester SuperX Silvertip 9mm / 147gr/ 1,010fps/ 333 ft.lbs
Winchester Supreme SXT 9mm/ 147gr/ 990fps/ 320 ft.lbs

Hornady 9mm / 90gr/ 1,155fps/ 341 ft.lbs
Hornady 9mm / 115gr/ 1,360fps/ 370 ft.lbs
Hornady 9mm / 124gr/ 1,110fps/ 339 ft.lbs
Hornady 9mm / 975gr/ fps/ 310 ft.lbs

Fiocchi 9mm/ 115gr/ 1,250fps/ 460 ft.lbs
Fiocchi 9mm/ 147gr/ 975fps/ 360 ft.lbs


.40S&W
Federal Hydrashok .40S&W/ 155gr/ 1,140fps/ 445 ft.lbs

Speer Gold Dot .40S&W/ 155gr/ 1,200fps/ 496 ft.lbs
Speer Gold Dot .40S&W/ 165gr/ 1,150fps/ 484 ft.lbs
Speer Gold Dot .40S&W/ 180gr/ 1,025fps/ 420 ft.lbs

Remington Golden Saber .40S&W/ 165gr/ 1,150fps/ 485 ft.lbs
Remington Golden Saber .40S&W/ 180gr/ 1,015fps/ 412 ft.lbs

Winchester SuperX Silvertip .40S&W/ 155gr/ 1205fps/ 500 ft.lbs
Winchester Supreme SXT .40S&W/ 165gr/ 1,130fps/ 468 ft.lbs
Winchester Supreme SXT .40S&W/ 180gr/ 1,010fps/ 408 ft.lbs

Hornady .40S&W/ 155gr/ 1,180fps/ 479 ft.lbs
Hornady .40S&W/ 180gr/ 950fps/ 361 ft.lbs

Fiocchi .40S&W/ 165gr/ 1,000fps/ 450 ft.lbs
Fiocchi .40S&W/ 180gr/ 1,000fps/ 400 ft.lbs


.45 ACP
Federal Hydrashok .45ACP/ 230gr/ 850fps/ 370 ft.lbs

Speer Gold Dot . 45ACP+P/ 200gr/ 1,180fps/ 518 ft.lbs
Speer Gold Dot . 45ACP/ 230gr/ 890fps/ 405 ft.lbs

Remington Golden Saber . 45ACP/ 185gr/ 1,015fps/ 423 ft.lbs
Remington Golden Saber . 45ACP/ 230gr/ 875fps/ 391 ft.lbs
Remington Golden Saber . 45ACP+P/ 185gr/ 1,015fps/ 423 ft.lbs

Winchester SuperX Silvertip . 45ACP/ 155gr/ 1205fps/ 500 ft.lbs
Winchester Supreme SXT . 45ACP/ 165gr/ 1,130fps/ 468 ft.lbs
Winchester Supreme SXT . 45ACP/ 180gr/ 1,140fps/ 534 ft.lbs

Hornady . 45ACP / 185gr/ 950fps/ 371 ft.lbs
Hornady . 45ACP / 200gr/ 900fps/ 358 ft.lbs
Hornady . 45ACP+P / 200gr/ 1,055fps/ 494 ft.lbs
Hornady . 45ACP+P/ 230gr/ 950fps/ 462 ft.lbs

Fiocchi . 45ACP / 230gr/ 850fps/ 370 ft.lbs
 
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I can't really give you too much info, but I can tell you that I have run this ammo out of my XD-40 Service with 0 malfuntions:

Speer Gold Dot .40S&W/ 155gr/ 1,200fps/ 496 ft.lbs
Speer Gold Dot .40S&W/ 165gr/ 1,150fps/ 484 ft.lbs
Speer Gold Dot .40S&W/ 180gr/ 1,025fps/ 420 ft.lbs

Remington Golden Saber .40S&W/ 165gr/ 1,150fps/ 485 ft.lbs
Remington Golden Saber .40S&W/ 180gr/ 1,015fps/ 412 ft.lbs

You have a sub-compact, right? You may also want to look at the short barrel ammo, I have heard good things about it, but never shot it.
 

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I did briefly look into short barrel ammo but the ballistics on the standard stuff is much better. They were testing the short barreled stuff in a 3.5" barrel and the standard stuff in a 4" barrel. Not sure if that extra half inch could make that much of a difference. Any idea what is actually different about short barrel ammo??

Speer Gold Dot .40S&W 4" barrel/ 180gr/ 1,025fps/ 420 ft.lbs
Speer Gold Dot Short Barrel .40S&W 3.5" barrel/ 180gr/ 950fps/ 361 ft.lbs

-Derek
 
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