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Old 07-17-2014, 11:48   #41
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Thanks, gang. You confirmed my suspicions that it was a "last resort" sort of idea. I'll pick up some lighter bullets for the .380 when I have opportunity.
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Old 09-18-2014, 11:20   #42
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Bumping this rather than creating a new thread.

I'm sending off GSSF paperwork for a 42 so I'm looking at .380 loads now. I'm looking at SNS casting 95gr coated bullets, and I have Bullseye, WST, Red Dot, and Power Pistol on hand.
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Old 09-18-2014, 16:37   #43
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Bumping this rather than creating a new thread.

I'm sending off GSSF paperwork for a 42 so I'm looking at .380 loads now. I'm looking at SNS casting 95gr coated bullets, and I have Bullseye, WST, Red Dot, and Power Pistol on hand.
You're in luck, because there's load data for all of those except WST.

http://handloads.com/loaddata/defaul...Powder&Source=

I've been using Promo and tried titegroup. I might try titegroup some more...but I have 2lbs of it and 16 of Promo.

I ended up buying an XS powder bar for my RL550B to try to get better consistency with <3gr charges of Promo. It seems to have helped.
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Old 09-18-2014, 20:10   #44
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Hadn't looked at that website yet, thank you. Looks like I'm in business whichever one I want to use.

What's your preferred OAL for the 42?
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Old 09-18-2014, 20:51   #45
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I'm still trying to figure it out...and it depends on the bullet. For Xtreme 100gr FP, I think I've been loading about 0.935". It's a short bullet and needs to be loaded short to have much bullet inside the case. I'm also trying Bayou 95gr. I wasn't entirely happy with the first batch of them I loaded, so I loaded some more with more powder and shorter OAL, but haven't been able to test them yet.
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Old 09-19-2014, 05:25   #46
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AJE "...I'm looking at SNS casting 95gr coated bullets, and I have Bullseye, WST, Red Dot, and Power Pistol on hand."

For target loads I have settled on "Magtech" bullets, specificly 95g FMJ RN. They are fairly inexpensive, consistent, load well and I have had some great rounds using these bullets.

My load with Bullseye I use 3.2g
OAL I use .975
Velocity runs at 859.2 fps out of a 3.5" barrel

With Power Pistol I use Hornady's 90g XTP HP bullets

Power Pistol - 4.2g
OAL - .965"
Velocity - 887.3 fps again out of a 3.5" barrel.

I have not test the other two powders you have but for target loads Hodgdon Universal, Accurate Arms #5, Winchester AutoComp and of course Winchester 231 work very well in 380.

Good luck and have fun with your new G42.
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Old 09-19-2014, 13:00   #47
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Hadn't looked at that website yet, thank you. Looks like I'm in business whichever one I want to use.

What's your preferred OAL for the 42?
The longer bullets pass the gage and barrel test in my G42 but do not chamber reliably. I need to run an OAL shorter in my G42 than my Sig.
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Old 09-19-2014, 19:07   #48
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AJE "...I'm looking at SNS casting 95gr coated bullets, and I have Bullseye, WST, Red Dot, and Power Pistol on hand."

For target loads I have settled on "Magtech" bullets, specificly 95g FMJ RN. They are fairly inexpensive, consistent, load well and I have had some great rounds using these bullets.

My load with Bullseye I use 3.2g
OAL I use .975
Velocity runs at 859.2 fps out of a 3.5" barrel

With Power Pistol I use Hornady's 90g XTP HP bullets

Power Pistol - 4.2g
OAL - .965"
Velocity - 887.3 fps again out of a 3.5" barrel.


I have not test the other two powders you have but for target loads Hodgdon Universal, Accurate Arms #5, Winchester AutoComp and of course Winchester 231 work very well in 380.

Good luck and have fun with your new G42.
Excellent info, thank you.
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Old 09-27-2014, 15:18   #49
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I got a G42, and my wife liked it so much she now has one as well. Both guns have Trijicon HD sights. FWIW, the HD sights print about 3" higher at 50 feet to 25 yards than the stock sights.

I have several hundred rounds loaded with 95gr FMJ-RN and 3.0 gr W231. These loads ran fine in my Ruger LCP, but wouldn't run in the G42. Not enough juice.

I loaded 50 rounds today with 3.3 gr 231 and the same bullet (oal .975"). These ran fine shooting two handed, but one handed drills gave malfunctions. Tried the same drills with PMC Bronze FMJ and Fiocchi FMJ without problem. So, it seems I need yet more juice.

Since several sources list W231 max at 3.2 to 3.4 with 95 gr FMJ, what powder WILL give me enough power to safely operate? Thanks!

I have several hundred clean empty brass cases anxiously waiting to be filled.
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