20rds – 40 S&W Speer Gold Dot 165gr. JHP Ammo

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

Speer’s Gold Dot line of ammunition is designed to keep whomever would chamber it safe during whatever dangerous circumstances they might find themselves in. It is tested according to FBI protocol for service-class handgun cartridges which scrutinizes penetration, expansion, and weight retention through both bare and shielded targets.

This 40 S&W cartridge features a 165 grain projectile. The bullet’s alloyed lead core has been electrochemically bonded to its highly concentric jacket, and as the result the two are practically inseparable as they penetrate a target. The bullet’s hollow cavity has been formed in two stages: the first to control width of expansion, and the second to control rate of expansion. Its profile is further optimized to assure smooth feeding in a semi-automatic handgun.

This round offers additional value with its brass casing, which is plated in nickel. That plating not only protects the cartridge from corrosion, but further promotes reliable cycling and facilitates a chamber check when one must be performed in a darkened environment.
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    Self Defense
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    Nickel-Plated Brass
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    40 Smith & Wesson
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Ballistic Gel Testing


In hopes of giving ourselves and our customers a better idea how this 40 Smith & Wesson self-defense ammo would perform if called upon in a self-defense scenario, we tested dozens of the best selling hollow points on the market.

We fired five rounds of this Speer 40 Smith & Wesson ammo through a cloth barrier into Clear Ballistics calibrated synthetic gelatin and recorded the results. For these tests, we used a S&W M&P40c with a 3.5-inch barrel. In the photos, graphics and video on this page, you can see specifically how the Speer ammo performed and how it sticks up with the rest of the 40 Smith & Wesson ammo we have tested so far.

To read more about our testing procedures and discover what round makes the best self-defense ammo for you head to this page.

Speer 165 Grain 40 Smith & Wesson ammunition fired into ballistic gelatin

Unfired versus Fired Round Comparison

Image detailing before and after firing 20rds – 40 S&W Speer Gold Dot 165gr. JHP Ammo Image detailing before and after firing 20rds – 40 S&W Speer Gold Dot 165gr. JHP Ammo

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

20rds – 40 S&W Speer Gold Dot 165gr. JHP Ammo Gel Test Results
Bullet Depth (in.) 15.8 17 17.5 17.8 18.1
Expanded Diameter (in.) 0.48 0.49 0.55 0.56 0.6
Bullet Weight after shot (gr.) 164.5 164.5 164.7 164.9 165.4
Bullet Velocity (fps) 1012 1033 1038 1046 1049
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