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.40 loading for IDPA using stock G22

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by RogueAshtrays, Oct 3, 2011.

  1. I am looking for the least expensive, yet still accurate load for shooting IDPA with a G22 with stock barrel.

    I have heard all kinds of stuff about lead bullets etc.

    I have also heard that 165gr is the best?

    Is there a recipe people here use for a downloaded competition round that is cost effective?

    Right now I use a lee turret press and am looking tward the loadmaster in the future as I plan to shoot a lot more next year.

    I currently have 1600 rdns of clean polished brass.

    So can I use lead, what is the best source price wise, recipes?
  2. WiskyT

    WiskyT Malcontent

    Jun 12, 2002
    North Carolina
    3.5 Bullseye and a cast 180 will be cheap as dirt and shoot well in a stock barrel.

  3. Zombie Steve

    Zombie Steve Decap Pin Killa

    May 31, 2007
    Old Colorado City
    You're going to get mixed opinions about shooting lead through a factory glock barrel. I say shoot a hundred rounds and see what's happening. I think as long as the bullets are sized properly and you keep it clean, you'll be fine. I don't shoot .40, so I'm no help there. I suspect a heavier bullet like a 180 with a medium-fast burning powder like WST would be a good easy shooting combo. Good luck.

    ETA: I would just avoid a semi-wadcutter bullet profile altogether. Glocks won't eat 'em. Go for a truncated cone.
    Last edited: Oct 3, 2011
  4. cysoto

    cysoto Gone Shooting!

    Jan 21, 2004
    Denver, CO
    I agree. Bulleye is loud and somewhat dirty but it is plenty accurate and has a nice recoil impulse.

    Another good powder to try in 40 Minor is Clays.

    Edited to add:
    Yes, shooting bare lead bullets through your Glock OEM barrel is perfectly fine. One thing to keep in mind is that you will need to scrub the barrel every 600 to 800 bullets to minimize lead buildup and retain accuracy. A leaded barrel (of any brand) is incapable of producing good accuracy.
    Last edited: Oct 4, 2011
  5. fredj338


    Dec 22, 2004
    I'll decent on lead bulelts in the G22 for a noob. FIne for the exp relaoder that knows what they are doing, what to look for, how to match a lead bullet to the bbl, etc. FOr now, I would load PD 165gr FMJ o/ W231 to 800-850fps & be happy. Later you can play with uberfasts like Clays & BE & go for the bunnyfart loads.
    Last edited: Oct 4, 2011
  6. fourrobert13

    fourrobert13 I am the law.

    Oct 4, 2005
    SW Ohio
    I shoot 180gr Bayou Bullets (moly coated) out of my G22 without issue. Barrel is clean after shooting with no leading of any kind. I run them with either 4.3gr of Bullseye or 4.3gr of Red Dot. They are super accurate as well.
  7. Boxerglocker

    Boxerglocker Jacks #1 Fan

    Mar 6, 2003
    Lynnwood, WA
    I like 155-165g plated bullets with 4.8-5.2g of WST for .40 minor. Worked well out of my old G23 and even the G27.
  8. Just checked out Bayou Bullets, best price I have seen yet!

    This is going to sound realy stupid, but which powder smells more like fireworks the bullseye or the Red Dot? I ask this because when I was trying out cowboy shooting some of the powders some of the guys shot smelled horrible, I love that firecracker/firework smell. Its not like it really matters, just wondering.
  9. Wash-ar15


    Sep 15, 2007
    WST is the only powder that I could tell when its being used. It smell like black pepper.
  10. I use a 180gr fmj bullet from mountana bullet inc. and load 5.2gr of power pistol powder that puts my bullet about 860fps (just guessin and goin from hornaday book) .They have plenty of power to knock down poppers and be accurate.
  11. fourrobert13

    fourrobert13 I am the law.

    Oct 4, 2005
    SW Ohio
    Red Dot smells terrible and I don't notice the smell of Bullseye. Donnie is the owner operator of Bayou Bullets and he is super to deal with. These bullets hardly smoke when you shoot them and your barrel looks clean no matter how many rounds fired.
  12. GioaJack

    GioaJack Conifer Jack

    Apr 14, 2009
    Conifer, CO
    Fireworks are made with black powder. Start shooting muzzle loaders or black powder cartridge guns and you'll be in 7th heaven.

  13. cysoto

    cysoto Gone Shooting!

    Jan 21, 2004
    Denver, CO
    I read somewhere else that Bayou Bullets has recently increased the price of their bullets but their web site does not yet shows this increase. You better give them a call before you place your order...
  14. albyihat


    Aug 3, 2007
    SW Montana
    Precision Delta bullets, cheapest Jacketed bullet I have found. Shoots great in my G-22 with all types of powders, and no leading to worry about.
  15. DWARREN123

    DWARREN123 Grumpy Old Guy

    Jan 25, 2008
    Clarksville, Tn.
    For lead in my G22 and G20 I like SnS Castings 175gr LSWC (WWW.SNSCASTING.COM), they feed and fire fine in my guns.

    For the G22 40 S&W I use R-P brass, CCI #500 SPP, 7.0grs of Longshot powder.

    Also use this load with Zero brand 180gr JHP bullets, sometimes kick it up to 7.5grs of Longshot with jacketed bullets.

    This load has worked very well for me but Longshot does not seem to work as well at any lower charge.

    I use the same bullet (LSWC) in my G20 with Starline brass, CCI #300 LPP, and 8.0grs of IMR 800-X powder.
  16. freakshow10mm

    freakshow10mm 10mm Advocate

    3.5gr TG with a 180gr is a standard IDPA load used by thousands.
  17. tjpet


    May 14, 2001
    Utah-Idaho border
    3.8grns. WST w/180grn. lead/plated bullet. Plain lead slugs are OK but you'll have to clean regularly so as not to have buildup. I stick with plated to eliminate the problem.