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Heavy Metal Loads for G38

Discussion in 'GSSF' started by Chuckc, Nov 7, 2011.

  1. Chuckc

    Chuckc

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    Should pick up my new G38 in the next day or so.
    The question for any of you (Danny), is do you have any favorite 45 GAP loads for the Heavy Metal category? Assuming of course they continue this category for next year.
    Do you favor 200gr or 230gr bullets?
    Powder?
    OAL
    etc.
    Thanks in advance for any info.
     
  2. DannyR

    DannyR Moderator Millennium Member

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    200-gr TMJ over 5.0-gr of Titegroup, Federal primers, OAL 1.075 inches.
     

  3. Chuckc

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    Thanks Danny,
    Much appreciated.[​IMG]
     
  4. BamaTrooper

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    Anybody have a nice, easy shooting .40 reload?
     
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    I've been using 5.8gr to 6.0gr of Unique with a 165gr FMJ bullet from Precision Delta. 1.120 OAL

    I think I like the 5.8gr the best though
    Greg
     
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    BamaTrooper Retired

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    Stock guns or is this working for an unlimited gun as well?
    What is your cost per round? I am wondering if it is cheaper to reload .40 than buy 9mm Monarch and Wolf.
     
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    well, the bullets I bought in bulk at .10 each, primers were bulk at .022 each and an 8 pound jug of Unique I picked up at my local gun shop on sale. Can't remember the price though.

    I think it's reloading at about .16 cents or so a bullet for .40

    It's for a Stock G27.
     
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    oh and the cases are from when I purchased 1000 .40 from Georgia Arms and some WWB. Georgia Arms were about .26 a bullet.
     
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    I have somewhere just south of 7500 rounds of once-fired brass in different manufacturers, so I am looking at bullets, primers and powder. Oh and a set of dies:whistling: but I have access to a press.
     
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    you can get primers at Graf's on sale at $114.99 for 5000, but that was a month ago....but, they have sales all the time. They usually run about $165.00 for 5000.

    I also got some Brass from ROing last week in Charleston, SC. Bob and his folks shared their Brass with me.

    I have an extra set of RCBS Dies in .40 that I've been meaning to return to Bass Pro Shop. I like Lee's better.

    They are these:

    http://www.basspro.com/RCBS-3Die-Carbide-Sets/product/10202591/64649
     
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    if you purchase 6000 bullets from Precision Delta, you'll get a discount, plus they have Free Shipping. Regular order is 2000 bullets or they will charge you $5.00 more.
     
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    ede Bama's Friend

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    Bama bring me your brass and bullets and I'll load your ammo for you. Better put a squib rod in your bag. Pretty much universaly used soft .40 load is 3.5 Titegroup and a 180 bullet. For some reason I never liked it when I tried it and went with 4.5 Titegroup and a 135 Rainier. Friend tested it from a Ransom and it'll go 2.5" at 75'. I want to try the 180 load again and will load some over the winter.
     
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    Don At PC Senior Member Millennium Member

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    3.8gr WST with 180gr RNFP Xtreme bullet, OAL 1.130, Federal Primers. Runs great in stock G22, G27 and UL G24C. Great load. The .40 loads is a high pressure load and an OAL of 1.12 may be pushing your luck and just waiting on a K-BOOM.

    Don
     
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    I'm just going by what the 49th Edition of Lyman's is stating and a few other sources.

    165gr TMJ Unique starting load of 5.4gr max of 6.0gr OAL of 1.120

    Alliant Powder online states:

    165gr Speer GDHP 7.2gr Unique 1.12 OAL

    Handloads.com

    170gr XTP Unique suggested starting load 6.0gr max 6.7gr OAL 1.124
     
  16. DannyR

    DannyR Moderator Millennium Member

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    Some of the best, competition proven loads are not found in any manual.

    Don's is a dandy.
     
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    I'm sure it is, but I was just commenting on his quote about 1.12 OAL...

    And, wondering if I'm doing something wrong.

    I don't want a K-Boom, so I guess what I'm asking is, should I be using 1.13 with a TMJ or FMJ 165gr Bullet?

    I've loaded and shot about 500 of these with an OAL 1.12. But, I'm NO expert.

    So, I'm asking the experts.

    Am I doing something wrong?
    Thanks,
    Greg
     
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    DannyR Moderator Millennium Member

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    You are not doing anything wrong. I choose to use 1.135 on my 40's, but 1.120 is just fine.
     
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    ok thanks Danny.

    Are u using a 165gr bullet? Or a different one?
     
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    .40 s&W. 180gr Montana Gold fmj, 3.0 Clay's, Federal SPP, oal 1.125"

    You'll giggle when you squeeze off a mag-full.
     
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