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40sw 135gr nosler & power pistol load data?

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by orangeride, Sep 4, 2012.

  1. orangeride


    Oct 19, 2011
    I've been loading tons of 40sw LSWC on my 650 for my g20 conversion. I just picked up a 23 so I'm thinking of loading up some spicy HP's. I've got lots of power pistol and 135 noslers on hand. Could some one point me to a good starting point. I'd like to get in the mid 1300's if that's possible with power pistol.
  2. F106 Fan

    F106 Fan

    Oct 19, 2011
    The Nosler manual #6 has a Blue Dot load that runs a little over 1300 fps but they don't list anything for Power Pistol.

    The Nosler web site doesn't have anything close!

    The Sierra manual has a lot of loads that will drive their 135 gr bullet at or above 1300 fps but none for Power Pistol.

    Hornady and Speer manuals are no help.


  3. orangeride


    Oct 19, 2011
    Thanks for that link. This morning I actually found an older alliant book that had printed data. Looks like power pistol can really smoke those 135's.
  4. dkf


    Aug 6, 2010
    Power Pistol works well for hot loads. Does not meter that bad either.
  5. firefighter4215


    Nov 2, 2009
    Try the Hodgdon website. They list several loads for that bullet. I had them going over 1,500 fps from my G22 before reaching the Max load of Longshot. No pressure signs, but I felt like I was beating up the gun for no reason, so I discontinued testing. Something in the 1,350 GPS range is easily attainable with more than one powder.

    ETA: Had I read closely, I would've seen you were asking specifically for Power Pistol loads. My bad.
    Last edited: Sep 4, 2012
  6. pasky2112

    pasky2112 Senior Member

    Aug 2, 2012
    Brevard, FL
    Agreed on the metering. I like 7.0g behind 180 JHP's in .40 all day. Grps great too for me in a G23. But Does anyone have PP statically stick to everything? ... Hopper, powder bar, funnel, etc. I like it a lot in .40 but it gets electrically charged or something. Even when hot/humid Not sure and just curious.

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  7. dkf


    Aug 6, 2010
    It can get a little "sticky" but once the measure has some use on it I found that goes away. PP is a small flake powder so it can be affected more by static than say a ball powder.
  8. SDGlock23

    SDGlock23 Glockoholic

    I too have wondered what Power Pistol would do with 135gr, and I plan on finding out. The only data I've seen is a max charge of 9.3gr that claims 1340 fps which I believe is older data. Considering Alliant shows 9.0gr for a 155gr Gold Dot (recent data), which weighs 20gr heavier and actually averages over 1250 fps from my G23, I'd say 9.3 is a tad low for the 135gr.
  9. SDGlock23

    SDGlock23 Glockoholic

    Ran a few today, but it was COLD outside. Ran some Power Pistol, 800x, HP38 and AutoComp. 10gr Power Pistol, 135gr Nosler JHP @ 1.125" average out of the stock Gen4 G23: 1,372 fps. Brass looked good, slight swelling but nothing abnormal, primers not flattened. I will end up working up from here when I get another chance.

    FWIW, 11.2gr 800x did 1,470 avg and brass/primers looked just fine. Both rounds were rather blasty I might add. Had it been warmer outside I'd expect higher velocity.
  10. sellersm

    sellersm disciplinare

    May 28, 2009
    Just for fun, try your PP load at night! :whistling: