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|Bullet Weight||180 Grain|
|Bullet Type||Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP)|
|Ammo Casing||Nickel-Plated Brass|
|Ammo Caliber||.40 S&W (Smith & Wesson)|
|Muzzle Velocity (fps)||1015|
|Muzzle Energy (ft lbs)||412|
We test fired five rounds of .40 S&W (Smith & Wesson) Remington 180 gr Golden Saber 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 - 180 Grain JHP - Remington Golden Saber- 25 Rounds|
|Bullet Depth (in.)||12.8||13.5||13.9||14.3||14.6|
|Expanded Diameter (in.)||0.81||0.81||0.81||0.83||0.84|
|Bullet Weight after shot (gr.)||179.2||179.4||179.6||179.6||179.8|
|Bullet Velocity (fps)||912||914||928||933||933|
The best SD ammo for the Glock27.
Review by DeplorableInNY
The expansion, the penetration, the manageable recoil, this is the best ammo out there for a Glock 27. Definitely trust my life with this combo.
(Posted on 2/9/2019)
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Great JHP Practice Ammo
Review by Mr. Zorg
I bought 500 rounds of the non-bonded .40 S&W 180 grain JHP Golden Saber for $17 / 50 round LE box to use as practice ammo, as I'll now buy the Black Belt bonded version for carry ammo at $27 / 50 round LE box. Should be the same except the bonding, giving me a bargain practice ammo that except for jacket bonding is the same as my carry ammo.
(Posted on 7/19/2018)
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The Rodney Dangerfield of SD Ammunition.
Review by JJMcDonald
A few people have said before "There is no reason that this ammunition does not get the respect it deserves" The Remington Golden Saber in .40 and in 357 SIG are outstanding, with the .40 the overall winner of almost all SD ammunition. Truly a Rodney Dangerfield.
(Posted on 10/31/2017)
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Probably the finest SD ammo for the .40 S&W
Review by jjmcd
I have this in my EDC because it consistently replicates the tests Lucky Gunner had provided on Geletin and Denium. 13 to 15 inch penetration with expansion up to .80 caliber out of my SIG 239. This is exactly what I want in a SD weapon. I don't need to stop automobiles, or shoot through doors or barriers. As I am no longer a LEO, my shots will have to be Line of Sight, up to 20 yds and in a self defense mode. For that, this is the perfect combination.
(Posted on 4/28/2017)
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Review by Jim
Why this ammo gets no respect I will never understand! Gold dot is a more expensive and lesser performer then this ammo in almost all measurements. You cannot beat 100% expansion in 13 inches.
(Posted on 7/24/2016)
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Review by Smoof
I bought this for my carry gun and wanted to test to make sure my gun liked it. I ran a box through the gun (S&W M&P .40c) at the range. Recoil was the same as the 165gr I shoot for practice. Groups with the golden saber were much tighter! This ammo cycled beautifully through my gun.
(Posted on 3/12/2016)
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Review by Erik Riley
I have a compensated Glock 35 with a KKM barrel and this stuff runs great through a match barrel! Perfect expansion! A little pricey for target shooting but great to load up my G35 at home with!
(Posted on 9/20/2015)
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Review by Dan
This was my first order through LGR, and I have to say, I was very please with their performance. Honestly, I was expecting a letter saying that the product I ordered was on back order, or something like that. I can't believe I got such a great deal on the ammo and the shipping. Speaking of which, my order arrived one day earlier than I had expected, which would have been fast anyway.
I will absolutely be doing business with you again. In fact, I'm ordering a second round of the same thing right after I'm done with this review!
(Posted on 9/10/2015)
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Review by Matthew Malloy
Good Ammo! I have a Ruger P94 in .40 S&W. I also have a Ruger PC-4 in .40 S&W. I use the pre-bam 11-round mags for both. Somewhere I received 4 10-round mags. I ordered this ammo for those mags and squirrelled them away for a rainy day. I have used Remington Golden Saber in other firearms and I never had any problems with it.
(Posted on 11/9/2014)
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best product for performance
Review by gbinno
(Posted on 3/30/2014)
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40 S&W - 180 gr JHP - Remington Golden Saber- 25 Rounds
Review by Shawn
Great for self-defense
(Posted on 3/28/2014)
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Top notch round
Review by Dave
If you want the best performance on the market, order this round and you will not be disappointed. It has good recoil for those familiar with the 40.
(Posted on 8/28/2013)
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I give the rating & purchase a 4.67 out of 5!
Review by INKDOWNDEEP
I found the quality to be top notch. Performance was great too.
I only gave it a 4 star rate under value because I think all ammo is terribly priced nowadays.
And although it is priced too high, it was good price considering all the other places to buy
at this particular point in time.
I used these 40 S&Ws in my Walther PPS 40 & they ran really smoothly.
Service & shipping out was really good - got them in a timely manner.
Thank you Lucky Gunner & God bless!
(Posted on 6/18/2013)
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Review by MrArff
(Posted on 6/17/2013)
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Great service and fast
Review by Wilson
I couldn't find the ammo I needed at any stores in town,so I found luckygunner on line.Ordered a box of 40s&w
and a box of 357 mag. I received my order very quick. Great job luckygunner.
(Posted on 6/11/2013)
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Great quality & I received it fast!
Review by CoachShooter1911
I needed some 40 cal ammo and none of the gun stores in my area had any in stock when I went to buy. They told me my best bet would be to order off the Internet. So I searched around & came across Lucky Gunner. They said they had fast service w/o all of the normal BS "processing time" that you find when making most purchases via the Internet. It seems like they packaged my product and sent it as soon as they received my order because within 72 hrs after placing my order, it was sitting on my doorstep when I came home from work. The price was better than others as well. I will be buying from Lucky Gunner in the future.
(Posted on 6/9/2013)
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My New SHTF Round
Review by greg
My previous favorite was Remington Express, but the Golden Sabers bring a more modern design into play. These are jacked-bonded, and in my testing the jackets hold tight to the lead core. I get a nice symmetrical "6-claw" expansion and good penetration with the 180gr out of my 4.25" H&K USP. (I'd recommend the 155gr if you have a shorter than 4" barrel.)
For what it's worth, the new Rem. Home Defense round seems to be a very similar design, but they are not bonded, so there is jacket/core separation. Advantage: Golden Saber.
(Posted on 5/30/2013)
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No problems encountered
Review by bravo26
Bought one box to use as HD ammo, to keep in my H&K USP 40, while at home. Test fired few rounds at the range and it works very well. H&K is the bigger part of this equation, it handle any kind of ammo without any problems.
As far as finding ammo, getting it ordered and delivered in a very short time, there is none better than L/G. I don't bother trying to find ammo locally, its a waste of time most of the time.
(Posted on 5/27/2013)
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One of the best
Review by Robert
Used this in just about every popular caliber, Never any problems, Feeds well in just about any gun.
If your weapon jams on this stuff, its the gun. One of the ones you can bet your life on when the ---- hits the fan
(Posted on 5/9/2013)
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Quality ammo from bullet to case and everywhere in between.
Review by Lawman561
Remington has had me sold on their Golden Saber for years. I've used it both on and off duty as a 20+ year law enforcement veteran. Not only is it reliable and considered match grade, but more importantly in these uncertain times it's got a very important mil spec feature for those of us that may ever need to use it under less than desirable conditions (climate/weather as well as location).
With primer and mouth waterproofing you don't have much to worry about for longer term storage, having to shoot in the rain or a damp environment.
Short of military issue FMJ this ammo does it all.
(Posted on 4/3/2013)
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