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.
50rds – 40 S&W Speer LE Gold Dot 165gr. JHP Ammo Gel Test Results
|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
- Ballistics Coefficient (G1)
- Ballistics Coefficient (G7)
- Sectional Density
|Muzzle||25 yds.||50 yds.||75 yds.||100 yds.|
|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
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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.