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40 S&W with Red Dot

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by 1006, Aug 7, 2010.

  1. 1006


    Aug 12, 2007
    Newnan, Georgia
    Thought I would share:

    155 grain Precision Moly Bullet, 5.5 grains of Red Dot, COL =1.13

    velocity on a 90 degree day == 1137FPS, PF==176(mass x velocity/1000)

    shot from a 5 inch 1911 Bar Sto Barrel.

    no signs of excess pressure.

    I backed them off to 5.2 grains.

    Velocity on a 90 degree day == 1102 FPS, PF==170 (mass x velocity/1000)

    Why Red Dot: it fills the case, and it was in stock. As it turns out, it shoots nicely as well.
    Last edited: Aug 11, 2010
  2. KiloBravo

    KiloBravo Lifetime Newb

    Congrats! I wish I was more daring with trying out different loads. But sadly, I like to stick with what works and not ever change. I am just boring like that. :supergrin:

  3. WiskyT

    WiskyT Malcontent

    Jun 12, 2002
    North Carolina
    Yeah, RD is very bulky. I bought a pound to see if it would be a good substitute for Bullseye since BE is hard to see at the bottom of a 38 case. I haven't gotton around to trying it yet. I like 3.5-4.0 BE with a 180 cast bullet in 40SW and I figure the same dose of RD would work just as well and fill the case more.
  4. IndyGunFreak


    Jan 26, 2001
    Nothing wrong w/ that... I'm the same way. :). I've stuck w/ 231 forever because I was comfortable with it, and was fairly accurate in my auto disk. I have a can of WST I intend to try(after reading Fred's posts for so long) for 9mm and .45, and will eventually probably get a can of WSF to try for 40.

  5. KiloBravo

    KiloBravo Lifetime Newb

    I am glad I am not the only one, LOL. I just have always been taught that if it aint broke, don't fix it. My loads are plenty accurate and make holes in paper just fine.

    Let me know how those other powders work out for you! :wavey:
  6. AZson


    Oct 5, 2005
  7. fredj338


    Dec 22, 2004
    I have used a lot of RD in 45colt, a bit in 45acp. It does bulk nice & at least w/ lead bullets, accuracy is very good. I think you are running a bit hard @ 5.5gr though, backing down a bit is prudent.
  8. 1006


    Aug 12, 2007
    Newnan, Georgia