A simple recipe for reloading. 40 s&w in my Glock

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  1. robhic

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    I schooled my granddude on reloading his S&W M&P .40 on Sunday. We used some lead 155gr bullets from Midway and 5.5gr of W231 because I bought an 8# jug to use during this time (and probably until I die!) cuz I am a lo-volume loader. Junior hasn't gotten chance to try it out but they, theoretically, should be good. 5.5gr of W231 was right at or slightly below mid-range. I am waiting for his report.
     
  2. Excoastie

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    Here's what I have. I'm sure the powders that I mixed up on the 30-30 are there.
    The Unique costs $4.65 and the 2400 was $6.90. The smaller can of unique remains unopened.

    My Lyman press, bullet hammer and powder measure with several metering tubes.

    I bought the 4 set dies from Lyman for the. 40 and a small tumbler. That's the point when I needed advice.
     

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  3. Excoastie

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  4. fredj338

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    Unique is a great powder in 40, especially if you use coated lead.
     
  5. Borg Warner

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    Rather than mid-range plinking loads, I suggest you work up a full power load you match the defensive loads that you will use for serious social purposes.

    I recommend the Loadbooks USA manual for 10mm/40 S&W. it will have the most data for comparative purposes from all major sources all in one book.

    https://www.midwayusa.com/product/1012856166?pid=414298
     
  6. Excoastie

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    I have unique. Its dry but old. 60s or 70s.

    Cabella has quite a bit. IMR 4227, HSG Hodgegon,international, tite was, lil gun.
     
  7. Taterhead

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    The Unique that you have is a great powser. If by HSG you meant HS-6, that's also suitable. The others you not from Cabelas are not.

    The tin of Unique in your pic looks just like the one in my pic above. I used that in 2019 or 2018.
     
  8. Excoastie

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    Looking at the comments, I will get some 180 gr. coated bullets and use my Unique powder and some of the other tools recommended.

    What type of scale within reason?

    Tell me a little more about deformed bullets. My die set has the taper tool.
     
  9. sig357fan

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    I bought a RCBS 505 beam scale and a set of Lyman check weight some 30 years ago and have never needed anything else.

    I looked for RCBS scales on line but couldn't find a 505, Ohaus makes a scale that looks identical to my 505 except for the color, can't speak to its quality but if it is anything like my 505, it will do the trick, the check weights I have from Lyman are still avalible, both linked below

    https://www.amazon.com/OHAUS-303932...=1&keywords=rcbs+scale&qid=1600975906&sr=8-10

    https://www.amazon.com/Lyman-Shoote...&keywords=check+weights&qid=1600976426&sr=8-5
     
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  10. Taterhead

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    The current production Ohaus reloading scales are not what they used to be. Ohaus licensed production to a Chinese supplier, and they aren't made the same. I called Ohaus and talked with them about that. It isn't really an Ohaus scale.

    The advice for a 505 is sound, though. I would search for an old used copy on Ebay or another classified site. They come up a lot. Anything RCBS with the old green on white packaging is likely the old US made Ohaus scale. Those are excellent.

    Like this. The instructions are marked Omark Industries and that was prior to Ohaus outsourcing manufacturing.

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/RCBS-Model...251762?hash=item4220b01372:g:-hkAAOSwk-BfZNbl
     
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    Can the weight be calibrated on the old scale?

    Not finding any primers. Checked lots of internet suppliers. Any ideas?
     
  12. Taterhead

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    Not sure I understand the question about the scale. Would you please expand on in?

    Regarding primers, persistent looking. They are snatched up as quickly as they come into stock.
     
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    My bad. I thought it was digital. I just bid on one from a previous link
     
  14. sig357fan

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    the 505 scale basically has 3 points of contact with whatever flat surface it sits on, the point of contact closes to the beam indicator is a screw that is used to zero the scale, from the pivot point of the beam to the pan is where 1.0 and 0.1 grain adjustments are made and from the pivot point of the beam to the beam indicator is where 10.0 grain adjustments are made, with the empty pan in place and all 3 weight adjustment set at zero, turning the screw raises or lowers the scale body causing the beam indicator point to point to zero.

    when I have determined a charge weight I use the check weights to get as close as I can to that weight and verify/re-zero the scale, as an example if my charge weight is 4.8 grains, I set the scale for 5.0 grains and use the 5.0 grain check weight to verify, then set the scale to 4.8 grains to weight the charge.
     
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    That's precisely how I use check weights. More than once it has alerted me to being in between a poise.
     
  16. Ricky baby

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    There's a great article by Duane Thomas in the 2017 Bluepress starting on page 48-62 about how to load coated bullets to not deform or damage the coating. If you don't load them properly you can lead the barrel really good. As far as scales, I use a digital scale frankford arsenal from midsouth shooting supply. https://www.midsouthshooterssupply.com/item/000591311078/mec-100r-digital-reloding-scale-kit
     
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