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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)||1000|
We test fired five rounds of .40 S&W (Smith & Wesson) Winchester 180 gr Defender 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 - Winchester Supreme Elite - 20 Rounds|
|Bullet Depth (in.)||15.1||16.2||16.3||16.3||18.4|
|Expanded Diameter (in.)||0.69||0.7||0.7||0.72||0.76|
|Bullet Weight after shot (gr.)||157.8||179.2||179.4||179.4||179.6|
|Bullet Velocity (fps)||956||981||992||1020||1025|
Best value and quality.
Review by Eddie Dale
This ammo really surprised me. Winchester has surely made a good name for itself providing some of the very best expanding and performing carry loads that exist today. Reliable dependable and clean burning this ammunition is excellent to use as a carry load.
(Posted on 5/17/2020)
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Best ammo used so far
Review by shotgunman006
this is vastly superior to other ammo I have used. It blew my winchester Ranger ammo away. I was walking around my place and stopped to take a few shots at some stumps in my pond probably 35 yards away. Hit the stump first shot. Did the same with a few more shots. I decided while I was there to use my other magazine with Ranger ammo. They kept hitting the water 10 to 15 feet short of the stump. I used a Taurus 24/7 Pro .40 sw and this is my self defense ammo now.
(Posted on 11/22/2010)
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Review by Jimbo
Will purchase in future
(Posted on 9/15/2010)
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S&W .40 Cal Elite
Review by vinny1961
The ammo came fast & new in boxes. I liked the matte aluminum casing with copper JHP, The rounds shot clean and straight every time. Would definatley recommend this round.
(Posted on 6/19/2010)
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