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Need data for a light plinking 40s&w 180 grn lead + Unique load

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by anyplainjoe, Mar 7, 2010.

  1. anyplainjoe

    anyplainjoe Nobody special.

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    Need data for a light plinking 40s&w 180 grain lead + Unique load. Thanks in advance.
     
  2. kubura

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    From the 'Loaddata.com":

    Warning! Notes: Do not use reloads in Glock or similar guns with chambers that do not fully support the cartridge due to the intrusion of the feed ramp. CAUTION: With NEVER EXCEED LOADS maintain Minimum Over All Length or longer. Small Pistol Primer. (MODERN RELOADING Second Edition - Richard Lee)

    Be Alert: Publisher cannot be responsible for errors in published load data.

    Wt. 180 gr
    Bullet: Lead Bullet
    Powder Manufacturer: Alliant
    Powder: Unique
    Charge: 5.2
    Velocity (FPS): 919
    Remarks: start load; min. OAL: 1.125
     

  3. Motown Fire

    Motown Fire Everett

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    I load my 180 grain lead bullet loads with 4.7 grains of unique at 1.125 OAL. I have no leading issues after 1000+ rounds fired from my G23 and G27 with the stock barrels.
     
  4. WiskyT

    WiskyT Malcontent

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    Check Lyman for lead bullet data. I use a starting load of Unique which mirrors the load posted by kubura. I get 925fps out of my G27 with it and it shoots great. It is not a light plinking load, it duplicates factory ball ammo.

    For a light plinker I use 3.2 Bullseye. 3.0 cycles the gun, but I get crud coming back at my face with my Beretta 96. 3.2 eliminates that. With that load, the brass falls right at my feet and I get real ggod groups.
     
  5. fredj338

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    I shoot 5gr under a 175grLRNFP for about 950fps. Unqiue is not at it's best for "light" loads in any caliber. You might want to drop to a slightly faster powder if you are trying to get good 800-850fps loads; W231, WST, RedDot, etc.
     
  6. WiskyT

    WiskyT Malcontent

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    Red Dot is very bulky. I bought a pound of it to see if it is about equal to Bullseye for light loads. My guess is that it will be. The extra bulk would be a good thing with the lighter loads to make the powder charge more visible. Load density would be better too, not sure if that is a big deal in 40SW or not.

    I still have about 3# of Bullseye, which is a lot of Bullseye. One of these days I'll get around to trying the Red Dot. It's a new bottle and it has red flakes scattered in it. Did the old stuff have that? It's a good idea really.
     
  7. GioaJack

    GioaJack Conifer Jack

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    Huh? Red dots in a powder called Red Dot... who would'a thunk it. :supergrin:

    Now if I can only find a powder called 'Easy Pieces'... really would provide quite a bang. :whistling:

    Jack
     
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    Yep, the "Dots" have always had that colored taggant. It is a good fast powder for larger cases as it is pretty bulky. I have shot #s of it in 45colt for light loads. It works well in the 45acp too.
     
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    WiskyT Malcontent

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    I've gone through a few pounds of Blue Dot and Green Dot and never seen any colored dots. I guess those Ishihara tests were right!
     
  10. dsmw5142

    dsmw5142 NRA Member

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    My load is the same with near identical results except 180gr Missouri bullets, or BBI moly at 1.135" oal. Softer than factory for sure, but by no means a powder puff.
     
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