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|Bullet Weight||180 Grain|
|Bullet Type||Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP)|
|Ammo Caliber||.40 S&W (Smith & Wesson)|
|Muzzle Velocity (fps)||985|
|Muzzle Energy (ft lbs)||388|
We wanted to know exactly what happens to a self-defense handgun bullet on impact, so following FBI protocols, we fired five rounds of PMC 180 gr Starfire from 10 feet, through four layers of cloth (to simulate clothing), into synthetic ballistic gelatin. The photos below show the bullets recovered from the gelatin after being fired from a Glock 27 pistol. There’s also a high speed video that shows the bullet impacting the gelatin block.
All the data we gathered pertaining to expansion and penetration of this load can be found in the chart below, and the diagrams at the bottom of the page show how it compares to other .40 S&W (Smith & Wesson) self-defense loads from our tests.
In addition to the .40 S&W (Smith & Wesson) PMC 180 gr Starfire, we tested over 100 other self-defense loads, so check out Lucky Gunner Labs for the full story.
|40 S&W - 180 Grain JHP - PMC Starfire - 20 Rounds|
|Bullet Depth (in.)||22.1||32||32||32||32|
|Expanded Diameter (in.)||0.39||0.4||0.4||0.4||0.4|
|Expanded Weight (gr.)||179.8||179.9||180.1||180.2||180.7|
|Bullet Velocity (fps)||813||831||833||833||842|
Does not expand.
Review by Ken
Have used these before. They're Hollowpoint in name only. They feed just fine, go bang every time, but they're charging more for "Hollowpoints" when they perform identically to FMJ's. Just look at the ballistics gel test here on luckygunner, average expansion- 0.400 from 0.400, absolutely no expansion with 32 inch of penetration. They're not even particularly powerful for FMJ's. They're useless as a self defense load and more expensive than plinking FMJ's.
(Posted on 6/7/2020)
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Great ammo for the price!
Review by Ricardo
Got these At a great price can’t beat it!
(Posted on 4/12/2020)
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Look at the Ballistic Test Results
Review by TomC
Might as well be carrying FMJ - consistent failure to expand and consistent over penetration. This ammo is reliable, but what you can rely on is that it performs exactly like FMJ.
(Posted on 1/25/2018)
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Review by Ace
Good value. Quick shipping. Excellent product.
(Posted on 2/19/2017)
4 of 9
Good Ammo Besides low expansion
Review by Baermatthew1
Good ammo however it did not expand as anticipated!
(Posted on 6/4/2016)
5 of 9
Very pleased with my purchase and the service
Review by Grandpa Jack
Service was very quick. Faster than I expected. Ammo seems to fire very well and quite accurate. We will be ordering more very soon. Look forward to the same quick service and dealing with a well knowledgeable staff. It is nice to deal with friendly and professional people that know what they are doing.
(Posted on 5/12/2014)
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40 S&W 180 gr JHP - PMC Starfire - 20 Rounds
Review by Shawn
Great for self-defense!!
(Posted on 3/28/2014)
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Review by JunkYard Dog
Great Product!!!!! Would buy again!!!!
(Posted on 11/15/2013)
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Review by Creek
I bought several boxes of this stuff back when the big ammo crisis was in full swing. It was expensive then just as it is now, but it was available, so I caved in and bought some. I suppose it was okay at the time for target practice, and I'm sure it probably does a great job covering its intended purpose as SD ammo. I did notice a lot of smoke in the air after firing them. And maybe it was just me, but I also noticed an obvious jump after firing each round - more so than any other ammo I'd fired before. I'm thinking I'll stick with the USA companies from now on - for both practice and SD ammo. And as always, LuckyGunner shipped my product pronto as promised. LG is BY FAR the best web retailer of ammo that I've ever dealt with.
(Posted on 9/25/2013)
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