40 S&W

40 S&W Ammo in ballistic gel

We shot 24 self-defense loads of 40 S&W ammo into ballistic gel

See the results below

Smith and Wesson and Winchester partnered to develop 40 Smith and Wesson ammo or the "40 cal" cartridge as a round for law enforcement. Their hope was to create a caliber that could mimic the performance of the FBI's reduced-velocity 10mm automatic round with rounds small enough in physical size to be carried with a medium-frame pistol.

40 S&W quickly caught on and remains a popular caliber for personal protection and range training today. Range shooters will likely opt for full metal jacket (FMJ) rounds with a non-expanding bullet while those seeking a round for protection will want to look at jacketed hollow point (JHP) ammo. In terms of ballistic performance, expect the lighter 40 cal rounds (155-grain) to leave the muzzle at about 1,205 feet per second and the heavier rounds (180-grain) to bring a muzzle velocity of about 1,050 feet per second.

Look for a wide selection of 40 S&W ammo for sale from trusted manufacturers like Federal, PMC and Hornady in the most common bullet types out there today, like full metal jacket (FMJ), jacketed hollow point (JHP) in the categories listed below:

show description
Filter By:
per page

1 - 20 of 150

  1. 500rds - 40 S&W Tula 180gr. FMJ Ammo 500rds - 40 S&W Tula 180gr. FMJ Ammo Video

    ☆☆☆☆☆ 8 Review(s)

    $104.95
    $0.21/ppr

    12 In Stock

  2. 1000rds – 40 S&W Blazer 180gr. FMJ Ammo 1000rds – 40 S&W Blazer 180gr. FMJ Ammo

    ☆☆☆☆☆ 2 Review(s)

    $219.95

    $209.95

    $0.21/ppr

    25 In Stock

  3. 50rds - 40 S&W Tula 180gr. FMJ Ammo 50rds - 40 S&W Tula 180gr. FMJ Ammo
    $11.95
    $0.24/ppr

    157 In Stock

  4. 500rds – 40 S&W MAXX Tech 180gr. FMJ Ammo 500rds – 40 S&W MAXX Tech 180gr. FMJ Ammo
    $119.95
    $0.24/ppr

    24 In Stock

  5. 50rds – 40 S&W Blazer 180gr. FMJ Ammo 50rds – 40 S&W Blazer 180gr. FMJ Ammo

    ☆☆☆☆☆ 2 Review(s)

    $12.15
    $0.24/ppr

    173 In Stock

  6. 1000rds - 40 S&W Sellier & Bellot 180gr. FMJ Ammo 1000rds - 40 S&W Sellier & Bellot 180gr. FMJ Ammo Video

    ☆☆☆☆☆ 5 Review(s)

    $249.95

    $244.95

    $0.25/ppr

    13 In Stock

  7. 1000rds - 40 S&W MAGTECH 180gr. FMJ Ammo 1000rds - 40 S&W MAGTECH 180gr. FMJ Ammo

    ☆☆☆☆☆ 3 Review(s)

    $259.95
    $0.26/ppr

    19 In Stock

  8. 1000rds - 40 S&W PMC 180gr. FMJ Ammo 1000rds - 40 S&W PMC 180gr. FMJ Ammo

    ☆☆☆☆☆ 1 Review(s)

    $259.95
    $0.26/ppr

    36 In Stock

  9. 1000rds – 40 S&W Federal American Eagle C.O.P.S. 180gr. FMJ Ammo 1000rds – 40 S&W Federal American Eagle C.O.P.S. 180gr. FMJ Ammo
    $260.00
    $0.26/ppr

    17 In Stock

  10. 1000rds - 40 S&W Speer Lawman 180gr. TMJ Ammo 1000rds - 40 S&W Speer Lawman 180gr. TMJ Ammo
    $264.95
    $0.27/ppr

    8 In Stock

  11. 40 S&W - 165 Grain FMJ - Blazer Brass - 1000 Rounds 40 S&W - 165 Grain FMJ - Blazer Brass - 1000 Rounds

    ☆☆☆☆☆ 3 Review(s)

    $264.95
    $0.27/ppr

    30 In Stock

  12. 1000rds - 40 S&W PMC 165gr. FMJ Ammo 1000rds - 40 S&W PMC 165gr. FMJ Ammo
    $264.95
    $0.27/ppr

    7 In Stock

  13. 1000rds - 40 S&W Blazer Brass 180 Grain FMJ Ammo 1000rds - 40 S&W Blazer Brass 180 Grain FMJ Ammo Video
    $269.95
    $0.27/ppr

    19 In Stock

  14. 1000rds - 40 S&W Federal American Eagle 180gr. FMJ Ammo 1000rds - 40 S&W Federal American Eagle 180gr. FMJ Ammo

    ☆☆☆☆☆ 2 Review(s)

    $274.95
    $0.28/ppr

    12 In Stock

  15. 1000rds - 40 S&W Federal American Eagle 165gr. FMJ Ammo 1000rds - 40 S&W Federal American Eagle 165gr. FMJ Ammo Video

    ☆☆☆☆☆ 5 Review(s)

    $284.95
    $0.29/ppr

    37 In Stock

  16. 500rds - 40 S&W Winchester USA 180gr. FMJ Ammo 500rds - 40 S&W Winchester USA 180gr. FMJ Ammo

    ☆☆☆☆☆ 1 Review(s)

    $144.95
    $0.29/ppr

    18 In Stock

  17. 500rds - 40 S&W Winchester USA Value Pack 165gr. FMJ Ammo 500rds - 40 S&W Winchester USA Value Pack 165gr. FMJ Ammo

    ☆☆☆☆☆ 3 Review(s)

    $144.95
    $0.29/ppr

    7 In Stock

  18. 1000rds - 40 S&W Federal American Eagle 155gr. FMJ Ammo 1000rds - 40 S&W Federal American Eagle 155gr. FMJ Ammo
    $289.95
    $0.29/ppr

    5 In Stock

  19. 1000rds - 40 S&W Speer Lawman 155gr TMJ Ammo 1000rds - 40 S&W Speer Lawman 155gr TMJ Ammo
    $290.00
    $0.29/ppr

    8 In Stock

  20. 1000rds - 40 S&W Remington UMC 180gr. Ammo 1000rds - 40 S&W Remington UMC 180gr. Ammo
    $289.95
    $0.29/ppr

    6 In Stock

per page

1 - 20 of 150

40 S&W Ballistic Gel Test Results

About This Data

Used firearms icon
Firearm Used S&W M&P40c
Barrel length icon
Barrel Length 3.5"
Distance target icon
Distance to Target 10 Feet
Barrier icon
Barrier 4-layer cloth
Ammo 5-shot average penetration depth 5-shot average diameter 5-shot average velocity
20rds - 40 S&W Barnes 140gr. TAC-XPD HP Ammo
  11.7"
0.76" 1027
20rds – 40 S&W Black Hills 140gr. Barnes TAC-XP HP Ammo
  11.06"
0.73" 1088
20rds – 40 S&W Black Hills 180gr. JHP Ammo
  21.98"
0.43" 957
20rds - 40 S&W Federal Hydra-Shok 165gr. HP Ammo 500rds – 40 S&W Federal Hydra-Shok 165 gr. JHP Ammo
  16.7"
0.48" 960
50rds - 40 S&W Federal LE Tactical HST 165gr. HP Ammo 1000rds – 40 S&W Federal Premium Law Enforcement 165gr. HST JHP Ammo
  18.92"
0.68" 1037
20rds - 40 S&W Federal Premium 180gr. HST HP Ammo
  15.4"
0.72" 940
1000rds - 40 S&W Federal Premium Tactical 180gr. HST JHP Ammo 50rds - 40 S&W Federal Premium Tactical 180gr. HST HP Ammo
  15.38"
0.69" 983
20rds - 40 S&W G2 Research RIP 115gr. HP LF Ammo
  10.68"
0.4" 1082
20rds - 40 S&W Hornady 180gr. XTP Jacketed Hollow Point Ammo 200rds – 40 S&W Hornady Custom 180gr. XTP Ammo
  23.28"
0.4" 913
20rds - 40 S&W Hornady Critical Defense 165gr. HP Ammo 200rds - 40 S&W Hornady Critical Defense 165gr HP Ammo
  18.68"
0.47" 1047
20rds – 40 S&W Hornady Critical Duty 175gr. FlexLock Ammo 200rds - 40 S&W Hornady Critical Duty 175gr. FlexLock HP Ammo
  19.34"
0.47" 978
20rds - 40 S&W Magtech First Defense Justice 130gr. SCHP Ammo
  13.7"
0.69" 1233
50rds - 40 S&W Remington Golden Saber Black Belt 180gr. BJHP Ammo
  20.84"
0.45" 864
20rds - 40 S&W Sig-Sauer Elite Performance Ammunition 165gr. V-Crown JHP Ammo
  20.26"
0.48" 1016
1000rds - 40 S&W Speer Gold Dot LE 155gr. GDHP Ammo 50rds – 40 S&W Speer LE Gold Dot 155gr. JHP Ammo
  15.08"
0.63" 1143
50rds – 40 S&W Speer LE Gold Dot 165gr. JHP Ammo 1000rds - 40 S&W Speer Gold Dot LE 165gr. JHP Ammo
  15.88"
0.62" 1080
50rds - 40 S&W Speer LE Gold Dot 180gr. HP Ammo 1000rds – 40 S&W Speer Gold Dot 180gr. Bonded JHP Ammo
  14.58"
0.64" 969
20rds – 40 S&W Speer Gold Dot 165gr. JHP Ammo
  17.24"
0.54" 1036
50rds - 40 S&W Winchester Silvertip 155gr. Hollow Point Ammo 500rds - 40 S&W Winchester Silvertip 155gr. Hollow Point Ammo
  16.26"
0.62" 1214
20rds – 40 S&W Winchester Defender 165gr. PDX1 Bonded JHP Ammo
  16.44"
0.71" 1069
20rds – 40 S&W Winchester Defender 180gr. PDX1 Bonded JHP Ammo
  17.02"
0.67" 979
20rds - 40 S&W Winchester W Train and Defend 180gr. JHP Ammo 200rds - 40 S&W Winchester W Train and Defend 180gr. JHP Ammo
  16"
0.66" 868
50rds - 40 S&W Winchester Ranger Talon 180gr. HP Ammo 500rds - 40 S&W Winchester Ranger Talon 180gr. HP Ammo
  16.46"
0.74" 1118
50rds - 40 S&W Winchester Ranger Talon 165gr. HP Ammo 500rds - 40 S&W Winchester Ranger Talon 165gr. HP Ammo
  15.84"
0.73" 1127

Recent 40 S&W Reviews

  • ☆☆☆☆☆
    I recently went through 400 rounds of this ammunition on a pistol class taught by Rob Pincus. I was a little concerned that the polymer jacket might not stand up to the heat and blazing sunshine, but I had zero malfunctions, and my weapon did seem less dirty than I was expecting. I can't attest to the friction heat reduction because I couldn't adjust for my weapon being in the sun, but the bottom line is that this ammunition seems to perform as advertised.
    Jurjen Smies on 50rds – 40 S&W Federal Syntech 165gr. TSJ Ammo
  • ☆☆☆☆☆
    Order processed fast and shipping was quick.
    Justin on 50rds - 40 S&W Remington Golden Saber Bonded 165gr. JHP Ammo
  • ☆☆☆☆☆
    1,000 rounds through my Glock and not one failure to fire or eject. Time to get some more!
    Vince on 1000rds - 40 S&W Sellier & Bellot 180gr. FMJ Ammo
  • ☆☆☆☆☆
    The load is just what I wanted. I have raccoons that have been getting into the chicken pen at night....and with one shot, I can eliminate the problem of raccoons killing my chickens. Great ammo!
    K. J. on 50rds - 40 S&W Federal LE Tactical HST 180gr. HP Ammo