The .40 S&W is a rimless pistol ammunition developed through a collaboration of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and firearms manufacturers Smith & Wesson and Winchester. The .40 S&W was created to be used as a standard weapon for law enforcement after the 1986 FBI Miami shootout, during which two FBI agents were killed and five were wounded. The FBI began testing 9mm and .45 ACP cartridges to develop ammunition that could be retrofitted into 9mm semi-automatic handguns. The goal was to create a medium ground between the .45 and 9mm to replace the agents’ standard issue revolver with a semi-automatic to enable them to carry a larger cartridge and offer a faster reloading speed. The FBI took into consideration the types of firefights the agents were most likely to encounter. In the end, the .40 cal S&W was created with the same basic parameters as the 10mm with the same accuracy of a 9mm yet keeping within the FBI’s medium velocity range.

The .40 S&W has been touted as the best ammo for law enforcement agencies in the U.S., Australia, and Canada.40 S&W Revolver

Best .40 Cal Self-Defense Ammo

In a self-defense situation, accuracy and stopping power are the most important aspects of obtaining the best .40 cal ammo. Buyers should also consider weight and recoil. The .40 S&W has light recoil, making it easier to handle for novice shooters.

Winchester Ammunition: 180 Grain Ranger

It shouldn’t be a surprise that the best .40 self-defense ammo comes from Winchester.  The 180 grain cartridge is a good middle ground for self-defense as it carries less recoil than a 9mm cartridge making it easier to handle. The fact that it is a full metal jacket (FMJ) ammunition ensures that the target will be stopped despite the lower velocity rate. The cartridge also reloadable.

Specs:

  • 1000 FPS Muzzle Velocity
  • 180 Grain
  • FMJ Bullet
  • Brass Casing
  • Boxer Primer

PMC Ammunition: Starfire 40 S&W 180 Grain JHP

In the marketplace since the late 60’s Precision Made Cartridges are considered to produce some of the best .40 ammo for self-defense. Its rigid quality control system ensures that this hollow point offers broad, reliable expansion to stop targets upon impact.

Specs:

  • 985 FPS Muzzle Velocity
  • 180 Grain
  • Brass Casing
  • Reloadable
  • Boxer Primer

Remington Ammunition: 180 Grain Ultimate Defense

The name says it all. This Ultimate Defense ammo offers good penetration depth and excellent expansion.

Specs:

  • 1015 FPS Muzzle Velocity
  • 180 grain
  • BJHP Bullet
  • Nickel Plated Casing
  • Boxer Primer

Winchester Ammunition: 165 Grain PDX-1

Good penetration depth with excellent expansion and velocity.

Specs:

  • 1140 FPS Muzzle Velocity
  • 165 Grain
  • JHP Bullet
  • Nickel-Plated Brass Casing
  • Boxer Primer

Winchester Ammunition: 180 Grain Train & Defend JHP

The 180 grains give this cartridge a bit more weight, increasing its penetration. The hollow point also ensures that the threat will be stopped and eliminated with proper placement.

Specs:

  • 925 FPS Muzzle Velocity
  • 180 Grain
  • JHP Bullet
  • Nickel-Plated Brass Casing
  • Boxer Primer

Range Training with .40 S&W

Best .40 Cal Range Training Ammo

When it comes to range training, cost is key. While accuracy is still an important factor on the range, the cost per round can make a significant difference in choosing the best range training ammo. Shooters can easily go through thousands of rounds during range training and would be served well by buying any of these rounds in bulk.

Tula Ammunition: Ammo 180 Grain FMJ

Tula Ammo has a rich history in Russia. Sanctioned by Czar Alexander II in 1880, Tula Ammo was privately funded but inextricably linked to the Russian military for at least the first seven years. In World War I, Tula produced 25% of the ammunition for the Russian military. The relationship continued and during World War II, the company produced 400 million rounds. At that time, Tula switched to steel casing for its bullets.

Today Tula is recognized as being at the top when it comes to .40 ammo. Much like the other companies the rounds are effective and yet inexpensive.

Specs:

  • 990 FPS Muzzle Velocity
  • 180 Grain
  • FMJ Bullet
  • Steel Casing
  • Boxer Primer

Remington Ammunition: UMC 180 Grain JHP

Remington Arms Company is as American as apple pie and therefore well trusted. When it comes to finding the best range training ammo, it makes sense to stick with the tried and true. This .40 ammo will do the job on the range at a reasonable price.

Specs:

  • 1015 FPS Muzzle Velocity
  • 180 Grain
  • JHP Bullet
  • Brass Casing
  • Boxer Primer

Federal Ammunition: American Eagle 165 Grain FMJ

Federal is one of our most trusted brands. This range training ammo is affordable yet effective.

Specs:

  • 1130 FPS Muzzle Velocity
  • 165 Grain
  • FMJ Bullet
  • Brass Casing
  • Boxer Primer

 


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