200rds – 40 S&W Hornady Custom 180gr. XTP Ammo


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Hornady Ammunition 180 Grain Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP) Ammo Details

Hornady is just the sort of company that you can trust to make something so important as your self-defense ammunition. A Custom round boasts its Nebraskan manufacturer’s finest components, and accordingly this 40 S&W cartridge features a factory fresh and reloadable brass casing, a dependable non-corrosive Boxer primer, and clean burning propellant which delivers a consistent chamber pressure and muzzle velocity.

This cartridge is crowned with a 180 grain XTP (eXtreme Terminal Performance) projectile. The bullet features precisely laid out serrations that ensure its hollow point produces consistent expansion during penetration, and its concentrically drawn jacket and swaged lead core both promote exceptional accuracy. The XTP’s jacket covers the nose of the bullet, which helps the nose cavity to function correctly on impact. The jacket additionally features varying thicknesses which do even more to promote uniform expansion. Anything you shoot with an XTP is bound to come out of the experience far worse for wear!
  • Manufacturer
    Hornady Ammunition
  • Condition
  • Bullet Weight
    180 Grain
  • Bullet Type
    Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP)
  • Use Type
    Self Defense
  • Casing Type
  • Quantity
  • Ammo Caliber
    40 Smith & Wesson
  • Manufacturer SKU
  • Primer Type
  • Muzzle Velocity
  • Muzzle Energy
  • UPC Barcode
  • Cost Per Round

Ballistic Gel Testing


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 Hornady Ammunition 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 Hornady Ammunition 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.

Gel test results for Hornady Ammunition 180 Grain Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP) ammo

Unfired versus Fired Round Comparison

Image detailing before and after firing 200rds – 40 S&W Hornady Custom 180gr. XTP Ammo Image detailing before and after firing 200rds – 40 S&W Hornady Custom 180gr. XTP Ammo

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

200rds – 40 S&W Hornady Custom 180gr. XTP Ammo Gel Test Results
Bullet Depth (in.) 20.6 23.4 24 24 24.4
Expanded Diameter (in.) 0.4 0.4 0.4 0.4 0.4
Bullet Weight after shot (gr.) 178.8 179.2 180 180.3 180.7
Bullet Velocity (fps) 904 911 911 916 922
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  • ☆☆☆☆☆

    posted on by JEFFERY BROWN

    This is the only ammunition I use and I have tried several brands, weights, etc.

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