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Labrat198

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155 gr for anything?
« on: June 23, 2017, 06:51:56 PM »
So I have a bunch of 155 gr coming my way from Hornadys "Get Loaded" promotion and just wondering if anyone uses them to hunt, well, anything?

Purchased a Glock 40 with the intention of hunting whitetail in thick Mn woods as well as woods carry. Was figuring 180-200 grain would cover all my bases.  Got into reloading and now I have 500, 155 grain coming my way (only grain promotion listed in 10mm) that I dont know what to do with other than plinking or decimating squirrels. 

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Re: 155 gr for anything?
« Reply #1 on: June 23, 2017, 07:25:03 PM »
I'd use the 155's for plinking, or maybe sell them and put the money towards 180 or 200 grain bullets to hunt with.

I'm sure 155's will kill even large northern deer if shots are chosen carefully (broadside, behind the shoulder).... But, I myself wouldn't be comfortable with the generally accepted level of penetration a 155 grain hollow point will provide.

Congratulations on the Glock 40, fine weapon, I really like mine.

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Re: 155 gr for anything?
« Reply #2 on: June 23, 2017, 07:27:11 PM »
Unless you enjoy shooting coyotes....

If so, those 155's will be excellent for that.

Labrat198

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Re: 155 gr for anything?
« Reply #3 on: June 24, 2017, 04:52:55 AM »
Yotes might be fun if I can get close enough. I have some on my trail cams but have never tried to hunt them.

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Re: 155 gr for anything?
« Reply #4 on: June 24, 2017, 12:11:31 PM »
The bullet weight is not the deciding factor here.  Up at 10mm velocities the 155gr Hornady XTP is known for deep penetration.  I have not taken game with this bullet but all the ballistic gel tests say that, for example, it trades some expansion to get deeper penetration.  So for deer and hog the 155gr XTP is a decent choice.  The 155gr Speer Gold Dot expands more and gives less penetration.  I honestly don't know exactly when each bullet is better but when hunting I default to penetration. 

My 155gr XTP factory loads chrono out of my G20 at (5 shot average) 1,338 fps.  Though I have not shot this load out of my G40, it probably does around 1,370 fps and that is quite a punch that still gives a lot of penetration.

The G40 is a great choice.  The 155 XTP is not my personal choice but is powerful, accurate and quite capable with medium game.  Good hunting!

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Re: 155 gr for anything?
« Reply #5 on: June 24, 2017, 05:22:21 PM »
Penetration and the ability to pass through a rib or shoulder blade are my main concerns. When it comes to expansion, my personal thoughts is that 10mm are already wider that most of the .270 bullets I have recovered from deer, so speed and penetration are priority.

If I could have my way I would get some JSP's in 180 and 200 to see what I shoot better, to bad nobody makes them... unless you want to dismantle Federals factory ammo.  Now I am stuck deciding between flat nose or hollow point...

That said, I have plenty of other critters to dispatch as practice with these.