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reloading powder .40

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by 1canvas, Apr 25, 2010.

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  1. i will be starting to reload 165 - 180 gn. for the .40 [27-23]. what powders should i look at? thank you in advance.
     
  2. tjpet

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    WST for target/mid-range fun.

    WSF for full power work.
     


  3. fredj338

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    Agree! I like WSF for midrange too, very accurate.
     
  4. Jayman

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    Titegroup works well across the spectrum with .40, you can even make major with it. (Although that isn't my first choice of powders to do that.)

    For hotter loads, Power Pistol.
     
  5. shotgunred

    shotgunred local trouble maker

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    win 231 for light loads,WSF for mid range and Power pistol for the high end.
     
  6. CWPINST

    CWPINST Millennium Member

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    I have had my best luck with Unique. Although it is dirty in the .45, and .38 Spl. it is quite clean in the .40 as well as the 9mm. It is not a "peaky" powder in regards to pressure as many (stay away from Clays at all costs). My ES tends to be very low with Unique, yet it is capable of significant velocity. I usually get some of my best groups with this powder. It is all that I load in the .40. 5.7gr. Unique and a 180gr. Gold Dot will give you factory equiv. velocity at around 950 fps out of a G23. This is also well under the max load. I tried WSF, but did not like it as much.......although it did pretty well.
    As usual, start a little below this and work up.
     
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  7. fredj338

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    I would NOT attempt major in the 40 w/ TG, asking for trouble w/ a bullet setback.:wow:
     
  8. all i am looking for is reliable target loads, no max or near max loads.
     
  9. tjpet

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    3.8grns. WST w/180grn. bullet - perfect for your needs.
     
  10. EKUJustice

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    What gun are you loading for? I am using tightgroup now and am making major just fine without going to max load and have no worries about setback. Granted I am loading them long for the STI so even if it setback its still way over the minimum OAL
     
  11. i am loading for the 23 and 27.
     
  12. garyjandfamily

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    I really like 4.6 gr of Unique behind a 180 gr lead semi-wadcutter, with CCI 500 small pistol primers. My 22 and 27 (with aftermarket barrels - natch) like this load, and my S&W M&P .40 really loves it!

    Also - a little "light" reading for you:

    Make Right With a ".40 Lite" - Handguns Magazine

    http://www.handgunsmag.com/ammunition/40lite_091806/
     
  13. robin303

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    It has taken me 8 range trips for what it is worth for my 23.

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  14. fredj338

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    Loading for a 1911 is completely diff animal & you know that.:whistling:
     
  15. sourdough44

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    I've been using Hodgdon Universal in the low 5's(grains) with a 165 grn plated bullet. I just bought another pound for $17.