1000rds – 40 S&W Speer Gold Dot 180gr. Bonded JHP Ammo

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Speer 180 Grain Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP) Ammo Details

Speer Gold Dot ammunition is one of the most respected products when it comes to self-defense and duty loads! This .40 Smith & Wesson cartridge profile utilizes reloadable brass casings that are coated in low-friction nickel for corrosion resistance as well as smooth, dependable feeding and ejection. Each case is accompanied by a clean-igniting CCI primer and precise volume of propellant that have been matched and formulated to produce very little muzzle flash; this reduces a shooter's night blindness and enables them to make fast, accurate follow-up shots. The round is capped off with a 180 grain bonded hollow-point bullet.

The Gold Dot bullet design applies copper plating to a swaged lead core via a patented Uni-Cor process. This results in a uniform outer layer that is permanently attached to the core and will not separate even when fired through auto-glass. The Gold Dot's wide-mouth and jacket skiving ensure that it begin expanding upon impact with a threat while the bonded construction maintains momentum during entry for deep, effective penetration. 180 grains is a slightly heavy weight for .40 S&W and boasts impressive energy that will be deposited into vital organs and achieve a quick drop. This weight also matches numerous practice loads that share the same recoil and flight characteristics.

Speer, a company associated with Federal and CCI, has been known for their unique bullet designs since the 1950s. Their products are backed by street-proven performance alongside the successful fulfillment of ongoing government contracts.
  • Manufacturer
  • Condition
  • Bullet Weight
    180 Grain
  • Bullet Type
    Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP)
  • Use Type
    Self Defense
  • Casing Type
    Nickel-Plated Brass
  • Quantity
  • Ammo Caliber
    40 Smith & Wesson
  • Manufacturer SKU
  • Primer Type
  • Muzzle Velocity
  • Muzzle Energy
  • UPC Barcode
  • Cost Per Round

Ballistic Gel Testing


We tested this Speer 40 Smith & Wesson ammo by firing five rounds with a S&W M&P40c with a 3.5-inch barrel into calibrated Clear Ballistics gelatin. Of those five rounds, we discovered the ammo penetrated an average of 14.58-inches into the gelatin. Our test rounds ended the test with an average expanded diameter of 0.638-inches, retaining 100% of the projectile's original weight.

On this page, you'll see video of our tests including photographs that detail the ammunition before/after firing it through a four-layer barrier into gelatin. Also, you'll see how this Speer 40 Smith & Wesson ammunition stacks up compared to other self-defense rounds in 40 Smith & Wesson.

To read more about our testing procedures and processes, please head here.

1000rds – 40 S&W Speer Gold Dot 180gr. Bonded JHP Ammo fired into ballistic gelatin

Unfired versus Fired Round Comparison

Image detailing before and after firing 1000rds – 40 S&W Speer Gold Dot 180gr. Bonded JHP Ammo Image detailing before and after firing 1000rds – 40 S&W Speer Gold Dot 180gr. Bonded JHP Ammo

How do the results for this Speer 40 Smith & Wesson compare to other 40 S&W?

1000rds – 40 S&W Speer Gold Dot 180gr. Bonded JHP Ammo Gel Test Results
Bullet Depth (in.) 13.6 14.2 14.3 14.7 16.1
Expanded Diameter (in.) 0.62 0.62 0.64 0.65 0.66
Bullet Weight after shot (gr.) 178.2 178.5 179.1 180.1 180.2
Bullet Velocity (fps) 958 966 967 973 980
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