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|Bullet Weight||165 Grain|
|Bullet Type||Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP)|
|Ammo Casing||Nickel-Plated Brass|
|Ammo Caliber||.40 S&W (Smith & Wesson)|
|Muzzle Velocity (fps)||1140|
|Muzzle Energy (ft lbs)||476|
We test fired five rounds of .40 S&W (Smith & Wesson) Winchester 165 gr PDX-1 into synthetic ballistic gelatin to observe its expansion and penetration characteristics. The ammo was fired from a Glock 27 pistol at a distance of 10 feet. A four-layer barrier of heavy fabric was placed in front of the gelatin to simulate clothing.
The complete data for this load from our test can be found on the chart below. The photo slider displays the expanded bullets that were retrieved from the gel. Pictured below is a high speed video that shows the bullet entering the gel at approximately 10,000 frames per second. The diagrams at the bottom of the page should give you an idea of how this load compares to other .40 S&W (Smith & Wesson) loads.
Find out more about ballistic gel testing and how this load compares to other self-defense ammo on Lucky Gunner Labs.
|40 S&W - 165 gr JHP - Winchester Supreme Elite - 20 Rounds|
|Bullet Depth (in.)||12.8||13.9||15.1||15.3||15.9|
|Expanded Diameter (in.)||0.69||0.72||0.72||0.74||0.81|
|Expanded Weight (gr.)||165.5||165.7||165.8||166||166.1|
|Bullet Velocity (fps)||994||1080||1081||1081||1093|
Testing different bullets to determine my favorite load.
Review by JR
I recently purchased a 40 caliber Smith and Wesson handgun. I wanted to find the right ammo to use in my gun that suits me. One that has enough energy and velocity yet not too much recoil either. My gun is considered a Compact when it comes to size so therefore it's middle of the road with handling recoil. After testing various rounds I chose what I consider the perfect bullet for me. I tested Federal hydra-shok 155 grain, Federal HST 180 grain, Hornady Critical Defense 165 grain, Speer Gold Dot 165 grain, and also Winchester PDX1 165 grain. At the end of my range session, it was a toss up between the Speer Gold Dot 165 Hollowpoint and the Winchester PDX1. They are very similar for accuracy and recoil. I purchased the PDX 1 for about 4 dollars less for a box of 20, and it also had more controllable recoil than the Gold dots. In summary I'm now a Winchester PDX1 fan, and it's what I keep in my handgun for self-defense. Thanks for reading. Be safe.
(Posted on 1/31/2016)
Posted On: 3/27/2018 By: James Ryan
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