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reloading 40 s&w

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by eab7-a, Jun 2, 2014.

  1. eab7-a

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    Can anyone tell me a good powder to use reloading 40 s&w. I will be using 165gr bullets. thanks for any info.
     
  2. JDL47

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    I loaded 200 this A.M. with 6 grains of Unique for use in my G27 and G35. I've ran probably 800 through them without a single problem.
     


  3. ChrisJn

    ChrisJn "Old Bill"

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    7.3gr Accurate #5 with Berrys 155gr plated. Adjust accordingly.
     
  4. rg1

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    Winchester Super Field WSF, followed by Unique, then Power Pistol in my tests of 165 gr. jacketed bullets in 40 SW. For some reason WSF seems to be slightly softer shooting at the same velocities of other powders.
     
  5. WeeWilly

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    I think the answer depends on what you want to achieve.

    If you want softer shooting target style rounds, there will be a handful that fits best. If you want more premium factory style loads, some others will fit better (like some already mentioned).

    Unfortunately these days, the "best" powder is the one you can find to buy, being happy that it safely goes bang.
     
  6. SJ 40

    SJ 40

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    This.
    If you are looking to really push those 165 gr.'s WSF.Power Pistol and Longshot,assuming you can locate any of them these days. SJ 40
     
  7. sourdough44

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    I'd look for a 'medium' speed powder with a 165 grn bullet in the 40. I use H Universal, plenty of others will do.
     
  8. PCJim

    PCJim Senior Member

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    I use WST under 155gr LSWCs in my P229. Your bullet is slightly heavier which should provide slightly less felt recoil if loaded properly.

    I don't notice the recoil when shooting competition as my mind is concentrating on everything else. Keep in mind the Sig is a metal frame firearm which helps greatly to reduce recoil.
     
  9. Murphy's Law

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    I really like Titegroup myself but many others will do just fine (e.g. Unique, Universal, WST, WSF, Power Pistol, etc). Have fun experimenting, only real problem is finding the powder to load with as you know.
     
  10. eab7-a

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    Thanks. At least now I have a starting point.
     
  11. Taterhead

    Taterhead Counting Beans

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    WSF for everyday range fodder. A7 or Longshot for going faster.
     
  12. pasky2112

    pasky2112 Senior Member

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    Agreed. It's often overlooked as well. In the beginning, I started loading .40SW on a D550b with WST using 180g MG CMJ. I chose it simply because of load data availability, my application for loads (target and fundy's practice) and my LGS recommendation. I don't regret it. It's very economical for producing accurate burns out of my G22, at the time. It meters as good as any, although I found it a bit 'staticky' even in older hoppers but no prob. Is it my goto?...no. Would I buy it today if needed, absolutely. I pick up a 1# here/there when it makes sense. It's also great for mild and accurate "intro loads" for those just trying/starting out with pistol/caliber combo.
    Pros and Cons in sticky threads.
     
  13. SWThomas

    SWThomas The Gunny

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    I use Ramshot Silhouette with 165g bullets and like it just fine.
     
  14. droptrd

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    My favs are Power Pistol and #5. I get great results with Zip too
     
  15. Bluescot

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    Power Pistol rules the upper velocities in the .40.
     
  16. smokey45

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    I suggest going to all the Powder Mfg's on line load data sites and making a list of powders that will work in your caliber and bullet weights. That way when you find powder online or in your LGS, you'll know right away if you can us it. Now days, we often have to use a powder that may not be our first choice, but will still get the job done.
    s45
     
  17. AWMP

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    I have a reloading setup that wife gave me for my birthday and have not got it going yet.
    I carry 180grn for duty load, curious why it seems most load lighter bullets in the .40 SW?
     
  18. Jon_R

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    I like Win 231 / HP 38. Mostly because I can load so many different pistol calibers with it and it meters will in my 550.
     
  19. JDL47

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    I'm also issued 180 for duty but, I reload the lighter bullets because they're less expensive to buy and I reload because it's cheaper. I like to shoot much more than my 50 rounds monthly allotment.