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I did a search on the archives here and didn't see an answer to my question, so I will post it and hope it isn't too redundant.

Is there a commercial load made in .40 S&W that would be considered hard ball, or round nose? All I have been able to find, so far, are jacketed hollow points and full-metal-jacketed truncated rounds.

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There is not a roundnose FMJ .40 that I know of. Truncated conical FMJs fill the role of ball ammo in the .40 cal.

The .40 was designed to fit a magazine no longer than a 9mm's and to feed in an action with a slide travel no longer than a 9mm's. That made it easy for S&W and the other manufacturers to introduce .40 guns based on 9mm designs.

The truncated cone bullet profile is a sizeable part of that design. It loads to an OAL that fits the magazines and hits the feed ramp nearly the same as 9mm.

Laser Cast has a roundnose .40 but it is intended to improve feeding in .40 cal 1911s with their longer actions. Cast, not jacketed, anyway.
 
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