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My new .40 QA came with what I guess would be a test fire target and spent round. I am sure all new Walthers probably come this way. Am I correct to assume the test firing was at 25 Meters as it appears the target indicates? They put five rounds in it and they made a tight group. Does anyone know what load Walther would have used for this test fire? ie: grain number, hollow point, round ball, etc. etc...

Also.....What is a good target round and what is a good home deffense round?? Thanks!
 

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My new .40 QA came with what I guess would be a test fire target and spent round...
Hey.. i didnt get a spent round. does that mean that some Big Brother style government department has my brass on file somewhere?

or did my 2006 AS simply not ship with spent brass?


sorry for the jack
 

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My new .40 QA came with what I guess would be a test fire target and spent round. I am sure all new Walthers probably come this way. Am I correct to assume the test firing was at 25 Meters as it appears the target indicates? They put five rounds in it and they made a tight group. Does anyone know what load Walther would have used for this test fire? ie: grain number, hollow point, round ball, etc. etc...

Also.....What is a good target round and what is a good home deffense round?? Thanks!
dunno what load they were using at the test fire, but the guy managed an impressive group with mine.

i assume the QA comes with the changeable back-strap.. i suggest having a play to find the right fit. i changed mine to the largest last night and there was a huge improvement in my group..
 

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Winchester White box from walmart is a great target round for the pennies usually.

Self defense has several answer but I will give you some data from 10-8 forums (profesional guys who do real science not shooting milk jugs)

The following loads all demonstrate outstanding terminal performance and can be considered acceptable for duty/self-defense use:

9 mm:
Barnes XPB 105 & 115 gr JHP (copper bullet)
Federal Tactical 124 gr JHP (LE9T1)
Speer Gold Dot 124 gr +P JHP
Winchester Ranger-T 124 gr +P JHP (RA9124TP)
Winchester Partition Gold 124 gr JHP (RA91P)
Winchester Ranger-T 127 gr +P+ JHP (RA9TA)
Federal Tactical 135 gr +P JHP (LE9T5)
Federal HST 147 gr JHP (P9HST2)
Remington Golden Saber 147 gr JHP (GS9MMC)
Speer Gold Dot 147 gr JHP
Winchester Ranger-T 147 gr JHP (RA9T)

.40 S&W:
Barnes XPB 140 & 155 gr JHP (copper bullet)
Speer Gold Dot 155 gr JHP
Federal Tactical 165 gr JHP (LE40T3)
Winchester Ranger-T 165 gr JHP (RA40TA)
Winchester Partition Gold 165 gr JHP (RA401P)
Federal HST 180 gr JHP (P40HST1)
Federal Tactical 180 gr JHP (LE40T1)
Remington Golden Saber 180 gr JHP (GS40SWB)
Speer Gold Dot 180 gr JHP
Winchester Ranger-T 180 gr JHP (RA40T)

.45 ACP:
Barnes XPB 185 gr JHP (copper bullet)
Federal HST 230 gr +P JHP (P45HST1)
Federal Tactical 230 gr JHP (LE45T1)
Speer Gold Dot 230 gr JHP
Winchester Ranger-T 230 gr JHP (RA45T)
Winchester Ranger-T 230 gr +P JHP (RA45TP)

Notes:
-- Obviously, clone loads using the same bullet at the same velocity work equally well (ie. Black Hills ammo using Gold Dot bullets, Corbon loads using Barnes XPB bullets, etc…)

-- Bullet designs like the Silver Tip, Hydra-Shok, and Black Talon were state of the art 10 or 15 years ago. Modern ammunition which has been designed for robust expansion against clothing and intermediate barriers is significantly superior to the older designs. The bullets in the Federal Classic and Hydrashok line are outperformed by other ATK products such as the Federal Tactical and HST, as well as the Speer Gold Dot; likewise Winchester Ranger Talons are far superior to the old Black Talons or civilian SXT's.

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Basically all the standard service calibers work when fed good quality ammunition. The platform picked tends to dictate the caliber. For example, Glocks and Sigs tend to run best in 9 mm; the S&W M&P is the first .40 S&W pistol that seems to offer an ideal ergonomic and shooter friendly package; while a properly customized 5" steel-frame 1911 in .45 ACP is a superb, unparalleled choice for the dedicated user willing to spend a significant amount of money to get it properly initially set-up and considerable time to maintain it. For folks who want a .45 ACP pistol, but don't want to invest the funds and effort into getting a good 1911, they would be better served with a S&W .45 ACP M&P, HK45, S&W 4566, or possibly the SA .45 ACP XD.

Whatever you choose, make sure you fire at least 500 and preferrably 1000 failure free shots through your pistol prior to using it for duty. If your pistol cannot fire at least 1000 consecutive shots without a malfunction, something is wrong and it is not suitable for duty/self-defense use.
 

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For Target I use Winchester 165 Grain FMJ rounds, you can get 100 for 20 bucks at Walmart.

For Personal Defense, I use Federal Premium 180 grain JHP. These usually run 20-23 dollars for a pack of 20 if you buy them locally. They're cheaper online but they get you with the shipping costs.
 

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i use for practice wolf 180g steelcased .40sw.500 rnds for$88.00(im gonna start reloading real soon..lol)
for s.def. i carry a fed. hydra-shok 180g jhp
 
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