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Old November 26, 2012, 11:42 AM   #1
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Best Ammo for Glock 23 - Gen4

I am a new member - first time poster - Need some direction as to what is the best ammo for my Glock23-Gen4. New shooter also.. just bought some generic ammo to get started. currently shooting at a range just applied for my CC permit. thanks for any advice here..
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Old November 26, 2012, 11:47 AM   #2
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Prepare yourself for a slew of varied answers...

My preference is Federal 180gr HST's in my G23
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Old November 26, 2012, 01:05 PM   #3
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.40S&W defense/duty ammunition...

There are many solid choices for the .40S&W caliber. I'd lean towards the new Hornady Critical Duty 175gr load. It does very well in the FBI protocol T&Es & the Critical Duty line has a lot of + buzz from the shooting sports/firearms industry.
Other top .40 loads for carry or protection include the Winchester Ranger T(T Series), the Speer Gold Dot 165gr JHP, the Golden Saber 165gr JHP, DoubleTap Ammo's .40S&W line, Corbon's DPX & PowRball.
Some .40 owners/LE owners like the heavy 180gr JHP loads but I prefer the 135-165gr mid-weight JHPs.
What ever you pick, always use only FACTORY MADE rounds for carry or protection, no reloads or hand loads.

Here are a few great online sources for ammuntion; www.shopcorbon.com www.doubletapammo.com www.cabelas.com www.natchezss.com www.sgammo.com .
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Old November 26, 2012, 01:36 PM   #4
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Currently I'm issued 165 grain and the guns seems to like it. I find the 180 grain Winchester and Speer loads have a little less recoil impulse and are easier to shoot quickly. I don't like 155 grain and below but that's my opinion, the gun doesn't seem to know the difference. I haven't compared different brands for accuracy but the speer seems more accurate from the informal shooting I've done.
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Old November 27, 2012, 02:47 PM   #5
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I CCW a 3rd gen G23 and have found that the 180grn Speer Gold Dots produce a less snappy recoil than the 165grn Speer Gold Dots so that's been my carry ammo for 9 years.
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Old November 27, 2012, 06:48 PM   #6
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165 gr HST's. If you like heavy the 180's are also great!
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Old November 27, 2012, 06:52 PM   #7
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Gen4 G23 Review & Chrono Testing Link

Great gun you've picked up. Here's some real world chrono numbers from the G23:

Winchester Ranger 135gr JHPs: 1124 fps, 379 ft/lbs energy
Federal HST 180gr JHPs: 997 fps, 397 ft/lbs energy
Federal HST 165gr JHPs: 1051 fps, 405 ft/lbs energy

Federal HST & Gold Dots in either 180 or 165gr are my personal choices for defensive ammo.
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Old November 27, 2012, 08:51 PM   #8
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Are you asking about carry ammo or range ammo? For range ammo, I shoot whatever brass cased FMJ I can find cheap. I carry Speer Gold Dot 165gr. I have a Gen3 G23.
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Old November 27, 2012, 10:47 PM   #9
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I personally like Federal 155 grain HST's.
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Old December 7, 2012, 09:52 PM   #10
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We are issued Federal HST 180 grain. All the state agencies get this stuff here. It has been shown to be very effective in multiple real world usages. Real effective for a handgun anyway.
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Old December 7, 2012, 10:40 PM   #11
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I've been carrying 180-grain rounds for about 3 years, Federal HSTs and Speer Gold Dots. Both outstanding designs.

Recently, having read some issues about bullet setback possibly creating dangerous pressure levels in .40 S&W guns, I have decided that when I swap I'll be going with 165-grainers.

While I think Winchester Ranger T-Series, Remington Golden Saber, Federal HST, and Speer Gold Dot are all excellent rounds, I prefer HST and Gold Dot because I have found ATK's quality control (ATK makes both of these) superior to other brands.

While Hornady's Critical Duty is a very cool looking round, I've seen and heard of more issues with Hornady pistol ammo than any of the above mentioned rounds - squib rounds, loose primers, etc.

The 165 and 180 weights in .40 S&W have well-documented histories of being very effective, and the 155 is no slouch either.

The Gen 4 Glock 23 is an excellent platform for the .40 S&W, and arguably the best 4th-gen Glock. Good choice.
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