50rds – 40 S&W Speer LE Gold Dot 165gr. JHP Ammo

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

Speer’s Law Enforcement ammunition is designed to give professionals the barrier blind performance they can’t do without to stay safer while on duty. This 40 S&W cartridge’s 165 grain Gold Dot projectile manages that because it is core and jacket are bonded together electrochemically, making them nigh inseparable as the bullet passes through a variety of urban barriers. This bullet burrows through heavy clothing, wall board, and plywood without losing virtually any of its weight -- even safety glass hardly puts a damper on a Gold Dot’s superior weight retention.

The Gold Dot is formed over the course of a two-stage process. In the first, the width to which it can expand is established. In the second, the rate of its expansion is predetermined. As the result a Gold Dot dependably delivers lethal terminal performance that you can bank on to keep your hide in one piece, just like it belongs. Furthermore, because this bullet’s jacket was formed one molecule at a time it’s intensely concentric for assured straight flight.

This cartridge features a nickel plated brass casing. Nickel reduces friction to ensure uninterrupted cycling, and also resists corrosion so that exposure to atmospheric moisture won’t compromise your self-defense load’s potency.
  • Ammo Caliber
    40 Smith & Wesson
  • Manufacturer SKU
    53970
  • Primer Type
  • Muzzle Velocity
    1150
  • Muzzle Energy
  • UPC Barcode
    076683539700
  • Cost Per Round
    $0.95/ppr

Gel test Results

 

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 15.88-inches into the gelatin. Our test rounds ended the test with an average expanded diameter of 0.618-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.

Unfired versus Fired Round Comparison

Image detailing before and after firing 50rds – 40 S&W Speer LE Gold Dot 165gr. JHP Ammo Image detailing before and after firing 50rds – 40 S&W Speer LE Gold Dot 165gr. JHP Ammo

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

50rds – 40 S&W Speer LE Gold Dot 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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    posted on by BK

    This IS the .40 load of loads. Along with the 165gr HST/Ranger T/Bonded, but given the choice; it's the 165gr Gold Dot. It's more accurate than I can shoot, hits hard, penetrates well and expands as well. THE ideal .40 load. Mid weight loads in all calibers work best (124gr +P 9x19, 165gr .40, 200gr +P .45ACP etc. You get the point.

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