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Best .40S&W Loads for Practice & Range Use ?

Discussion in 'The .40 S&W Club' started by den888, Nov 14, 2009.

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  1. den888

    den888

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    What do you all use ? I use the Blazer 165 gr / 180 gr TMJ/FMJ rounds or the WWB rounds. Seems that .40 is easier to find than both 9mm/.45 ACP these days...
     

  2. whenmonkeysfly

    whenmonkeysfly CLM

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    +1 - I use WWB 165 TMJ or 180 TMJ or my reloads with Laser Cast Bullets and a Lone Wolf Barrel.
     
  3. voyager4520

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    I've only ever used American Eagle 165 and 180, PMC Bronze 165 and 180, and 180 Blazer Brass. I didn't like the Blazer Brass, didn't seem as good in quality as the other two brands, plus the residue literally stinks.

    Both AE and PMC Bronze are $20 a box of 50 in my area, but I don't shoot that often anyway so I don't mind paying a little extra.
     
  4. Boxerglocker

    Boxerglocker Jacks #1 Fan

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    180g FMJ reloads backed with either Titegroup or WST. Current cost buying bulk components is $165-175 for 1K rounds. :supergrin:
     
  5. Brucev

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    In my G-22 I have had extremely good results with WWB 165 gr. FMJ's, Federal Champion 180 gr. FMJFN and Magtech 165 gr. FMJ's. With the 180 gr. loads POI is POA. With the 165 gr. loads, POI is about 1 inch above POA. I am of the opinion that the 165 gr. loads produce less recoil. However I do not find the recoil of any of the .40 S&W loads to be objectionable. HTH. Sincerely. Brucev.
     
  6. I've used blazer, pmc, wwb 180g, and 165g, now I load my own.
     
  7. MSgt Dotson

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    Mixed brass, 180 gr moly flat points, 4.2 gr of Titegroup, 940 fps???
     
  8. Blinkster

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    I couldn't get Titegroup to work for me. I was using only 2.9 gr over a 180 cast. It runs about a 130 PF (~725 fps). I run PowerPistol at 4.0 grs. Better groups, same PF.
     
  9. Fire_Medic

    Fire_Medic Polymer Butcher CLM

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    My pet load for 40SW is:

    OAL= 1.130
    180gr MG CMJ
    4.5gr Solo 1,000
    CCI SP Primers
    Mixed Once Fired Brass


    Good soft shooting load (9mm like recoil) for the wife to shoot as well:

    OAL= 1.130
    Rainier 165gr FP
    4.7gr Solo 1,000
    CCI SP Primers
    Mixed Once Fired Brass
     
  10. beancounter81

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    WWB 165gr, Federal Champion 180gr and Speer Lawman 180gr.
     
  11. SDGlock23

    SDGlock23 Glockoholic

    I've had great results using 3.6grns of Titegroup, 180grn bullet, 1.135". I was just messing around and found that 4.5grns and a 135grn does quite well too, very very low recoil and tight groups!
     
  12. Boxerglocker

    Boxerglocker Jacks #1 Fan

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    Not surprised being it's a cast lead bullet you were using. TG burns very fast and way too hot for cast bullets. Bet it smoked like a SOB too!

    WORD!:supergrin:

    Another good one I load is 155g Berrys Double struck RNHB backed with 4.3g of TG at 1.130" OAL 137 PF very accurate, moderate recoil load.
     
    Last edited: Jan 27, 2010
  13. pinoy43

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    .40 s&w user here.

    using 180 gr FMJ and 180 gr Teflon Coated ammo.
     
  14. mteagle1

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    What kind of velocity are you getting from these and is it in a 22 or 35?
     
  15. mteagle1

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    So far it has been American Eagle 155, 165 & 180 and some WWB. Reloads are coming soon.
     
  16. firedawg60

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    I like using 180 FMJ. Have used some CCI and liked it. What's anyones thoughts on this Tula ammo? Good, bad or indifferent?
     
  17. Sofa King

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    Lead or FMJ bullet?
     
  18. Cop Pop

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    155gr or 165gr Rainier or Montana Gold plated FP
    6.0 - 6.5gr WSF
    OAL = 1.125 in
    Winchester, CCI, Federal SP primers
    Mixed range brass