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Which powder for 40?

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by blkpag1, Dec 21, 2009.


  1. blkpag1

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    I am getting ready to start reloading 40. I am looking for suggestions for powders. What is everyone using?
     

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  2. freakshow10mm

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    WST
    WSF
    HS6
    #7
    W231
    TG

    Depends on what you want to do with it.
     

  3. blkpag1

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    I am just looking for some options to start some load development. Thanks.
     
  4. DEADLYACCURATE

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    Power Pistol
    W231
    AA#5
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    Unique

    My favorite is PP
     
  5. fredj338

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    Medium to full power loads, WSF or Unique give me exc. accuracy. For light to medium loads, W231 or WST for me.
     
  6. blkpag1

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    Thanks guys this is just what I am looking for.
     
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    For me.
    Unique. 800X, WST, P B, Red Dot, Clays.
     
  8. shotgunred

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    1. Win 231
    2. power pistol
    3. Unique
    4. VV 320
     
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    I use blue dot, titegroup, or power pistol.
     
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    I would definitely go with some GUN powder.

    I haven't been getting very good ignition with alternatives, such as TALCUM powder.



    j/k :supergrin:
     
  12. YogiBearFan

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    W231 and Titegroup for target work are all I have ever used in my G22.
    As with the OP, I just started reloading for the 40s&w.

    A while back, there was an article in Handgun magazine that made alot of sense. The author suggested that reloaders should work up a "defense" loads to mimic their carry loads, with a similar hollow point bullet.

    Those "practice" rounds are loaded with PowerPistol, but, as always, work up a load and don't get to crazy.
     
  13. shotgunred

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    So now you know there are a lot of different powders that will work with the 40. But what type of round do you want to make? Gun game minor or major load, bunny fart, some middle of the road round or a super hot blazer?
    Different powders have different burn rates and are going to be better for different things. Longshot would be a good choice for a super hot blazer but a bad choice for a minor or bunny fart load. vv320 is a good choice for a minor or bunny fart load but a bad choice for a super hot load. power pistol works across the spectrum but is loud and has more recoil than most others.

    So just what do you want to do with your bullets?
     
  14. fredj338

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    That's why I prefaced my choices. Good job clarifying that. Burn rates & the 40 are very important for safe handloads. Trying to do too much w/ powders like TG, Clays, RedDot, etc can get you into trouble wuickly especially w/ 180gr bullets.
     
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    Forty cal. I load using:

    HP38/WW 231 (same powder) for lighter loads
    WSF or UNIQUE heavier loads.
     
  16. shotgunred

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    I use win 231 for my light and power pistol for my heavy loads.
     
  17. Mystic Knight

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    I just fired my first reloads. I did one batch of 165g fmj with 5 grains Win 231, which worked nicely, but I could tell it was less "snappy" that the factory Federals I buy at Wally World. I also loaded some of the same with 5.3 grains Win 231, and they were more like the store-bought stuff. I didn't have a good target (just shooting in the country) so I couldn't tell much about accuracy. I was wondering how you tell if your bullets are accurate if you're not a great shooter yourself. Guess I'll have to figure that out later.:supergrin:

    I was very happy with the performance of my reloads, and gained a little confidink. Really glad neither me nor my G22 blowed up!:phew: Lookin' forward to getting more into it.

    By the way, I chose the 231 powder mainly because it looks to be very versatile, i.e., it's used in many recipes. My next choice would be Unique, for the same reason. (understandably novice reasons)
     
  18. Fire_Medic

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    Dig into Solo 1,000 also for the 40 over on the Brian Enos Forums. :wavey:
     
  19. blkpag1

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    I am going to try three or four different powders and create a few test loads this weekend. Thanks for everyones help.
     
  20. kcbrown

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    Silhouette.

    6.0 grains under a 180gr Montana Gold JHP bullet at 1.135" or a 180gr MG CMJ at 1.130" (I just use the same setting for both in my Lee seating die -- the JHP is longer than the CMJ by .025" so it's safe, since there's more case volume with the CMJ and the load was worked up with the JHP). Recoil is slightly lighter than the 180 grain Federal American Eagle FMJ. I don't know what it chronos at since I need the external lighting kit to get my chrono to work at the indoor range (and would need to make use of batteries for it since there probably isn't an outlet nearby), but the book says that 6.2gr sends it downrange at 1020 FPS and 5.5 gets 920 FPS, so I figure 6.0 gets about 1000 FPS.

    I get 2 inch groups handheld at 25 yards out of my Glock 23 with the CMJ.

    Silhouette is really great stuff. People have pushed 9mm loads up to major with it.