1000rds - 40 S&W Speer Gold Dot LE 165gr. JHP Ammo

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Speer 165 Grain Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP) Ammo Details

These .40 Smith and Wesson rounds from Speer's Gold Dot line are an excellent choice for concealed carry, home defense, training drills, and organized classes. Each cartridge consists of a non-corrosive Boxer primer fitted to a reloadable brass casing which is nickel-coated for elemental protection in storage as well as smooth, reliable cycling when firing. The casing contains a high-energy propellant charge that has been blended with suppressant which tames muzzle flash; this ensures that shooters won't be blinded during low-light situations and enables them to deliver faster, more accurate follow-up shots.

The Gold Dot projectile used in this .40 S&W load is a jacketed hollow-point (JHP) with a deep cavity, integrated skiving, and a light weight of 165 grains. This weight is common to the caliber and yields flat trajectories, minimal felt recoil, and high impact velocities. Gold Dot bullets' jackets are bonded to their lead cores via a proprietary Uni-Cor process which prevents them from separating of fragmenting prematurely. As a result, these JHPs expand reliably during entry and penetrate deep into vital zones where they deposit nearly all of their momentum in order to achieve a quicker drop on a threat. Speer ammunition is constructed using high grade components from CCI and often answers numerous training and duty contracts for federal and state level law enforcement organizations.
  • Ammo Caliber
    40 Smith & Wesson
  • Manufacturer SKU
    53970
  • Primer Type
  • Muzzle Velocity
    1150
  • Muzzle Energy
  • UPC Barcode
    10076683539707
  • Cost Per Round
    $0.84/ppr

Gel test Results

 

As you hunt for the best self-defense 40 Smith & Wesson ammo, we thought you might enjoy seeing the results of some testing we recently conducted with calibrated Clear Ballistics gelatin.

We shot five of these Speer rounds through a four-layer cloth barrier using a S&W M&P40c. The results are detailed in the video you see above as well as the photographs. Through the charts, you should get a great idea how this Speer ammo stacked up relative to other 40 Smith & Wesson ammo products available to American shooters.

To get a better sense of our tests, be sure to check out all the protocols we followed when conducting our tests to determine the best self-defense ammo.

Unfired versus Fired Round Comparison

Image detailing before and after firing 1000rds - 40 S&W Speer Gold Dot LE 165gr. JHP Ammo Image detailing before and after firing 1000rds - 40 S&W Speer Gold Dot LE 165gr. 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 LE 165gr. JHP Ammo Gel Test Results

  Median
Bullet Depth (in.) 13.7 16 16 16.7 17
Expanded Diameter (in.) 0.59 0.6 0.62 0.62 0.66
Bullet Weight after shot (gr.) 164 164.2 164.4 164.7 165.4
Bullet Velocity (fps) 1048 1071 1076 1076 1127

Speer 40 Smith & Wesson Ballistic Data

Speer 40 Smith & Wesson Ammo Details

Barrel Length inches
4
Ballistics Coefficient (G1)
0.138
Ballistics Coefficient (G7)
0
Sectional Density
0.147
Muzzle 25 yds. 50 yds. 75 yds. 100 yds.
Velocity fps 1150 1090 1042 1001 967
Energy ft lbs 484 436 398 367 342
Bullet drop inch n/a 0 -0.9 -3.9 -8.9

Trajectory Line Graph Speer 40 Smith & Wesson

Velocity / Energy Comparisons

Ammo Muzzle Velocity Muzzle Energy
180 Grain Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) Blazer Brass
#29
926 fps
#27
343 ft lbs
180 Grain Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) Sellier & Bellot Ammunition
#32
915 fps
#30
335 ft lbs
180 Grain Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) Tula Ammo
#31
919 fps
#29
338 ft lbs
180 Grain Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) Magtech
#23
944 fps
#21
356 ft lbs
180 Grain Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) Blazer
#25
938 fps
#22
352 ft lbs
180 Grain Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) Winchester Ammunition
#15
1006.5 fps
#6
405 ft lbs
165 Grain Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) Winchester Ammunition
#6
1044.5 fps
#7
400 ft lbs
165 Grain Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) Federal Ammunition
#11
1035 fps
#10
392 ft lbs
180 Grain Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) Remington Ammunition
#18
964 fps
#15
371 ft lbs
180 Grain Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) Federal Ammunition
#21
946 fps
#20
358 ft lbs
180 Grain Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) PMC Ammunition
#28
931 fps
#25
347 ft lbs
180 Grain Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP) Federal Ammunition
#20
954 fps
#18
364 ft lbs
165 Grain Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) Blazer Brass
#17
972 fps
#26
346 ft lbs
165 Grain Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP) Fiocchi Ammunition
#13
1016 fps
#13
378 ft lbs
180 Grain Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP) Federal Ammunition
#22
946 fps
#19
358 ft lbs
165 Grain Total Metal Jacket (TMJ) Speer
#9
1040 fps
#9
396 ft lbs
155 Grain Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP) Federal Ammunition
#10
1036 fps
#16
370 ft lbs
180 Grain Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP) Speer
#19
956 fps
#17
365 ft lbs
125 Grain Frangible Fiocchi Ammunition
#1
1265 fps
#3
444 ft lbs
165 Grain Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) PMC Ammunition
#24
941 fps
#32
324 ft lbs
165 Grain Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP) Federal Ammunition
#12
1035 fps
#11
392 ft lbs
155 Grain Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP) Remington Ammunition
#3
1146 fps
#2
452 ft lbs
165 Grain Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP) Speer
#8
1042 fps
#8
398 ft lbs
155 Grain Hollow Point Speer
#2
1200 fps
#1
496 ft lbs
155 Grain Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) Federal Ammunition
#7
1043 fps
#14
374 ft lbs
165 Grain Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP) Hornady Ammunition
#5
1067 fps
#5
418 ft lbs
180 Grain Total Metal Jacket (TMJ) Speer
#27
937 fps
#23
351 ft lbs
180 Grain Total Metal Jacket (TMJ) Speer
#26
937 fps
#24
351 ft lbs
180 Grain Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP) Prvi Partizan Ammunition
#30
920 fps
#28
339 ft lbs
180 Grain Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP) Hornady Ammunition
#33
903 fps
#31
326 ft lbs
180 Grain Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP) Winchester Ammunition
#16
985 fps
#12
388 ft lbs
140 Grain Solid Copper Hollow Point (SCHP) Barnes Bullets
#14
1014 fps
#33
320 ft lbs
165 Grain Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP) Remington Ammunition
#4
1089 fps
#4
435 ft lbs
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