Your Favorite Recipe for 40cal

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  1. saddleman

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    The request for 9mm was so good I thought it would be good to hear what you had to say about 40ca. I have a Glock 27 and 23 and so far we just target shoot. Again, I have clays for now and see that it is not the favorite so I will be at the gun show this weekend and can get another powder. Melissa wants something with a little less kick. I loaded some 3.2gr clays under a 180gr frontier bullet and from the 23, she shot better than she ever has. I have some 165gr frontier bullets and thought I would start with the min. 3.5gr clays and see how she likes that. Locally, we have very little to choose from so if you can share your source, that would be good too.
    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. DEADLYACCURATE

    DEADLYACCURATE Senior Member

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    Plinking 5.4 grains 231 155 grain FMJ
    When You Want More Power 8 grains Power Pistol (MAX LOAD) 155 grain FMJ
     

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    3.2-3.8grns. WST w/180grn. bullet of your choice. I use 3.8 for an all-around practice/gamer load. WST is available everywhere hereabouts (intermountain West.)
     
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    I use 4.1 WST with a 180 MG FMJ at 1.125 OAL. Any lower than that I found too soft and unreliable for both my G23 and my G27 that I have at the time.
    It is still a minor load and give a little kick though manageable.

    For reference 3.9g is the recommended starting load for WST and a 180g.
     
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    3.2grns. will run both my G22/23 - barely - but with 100% reliabilty. Cases just barely tumble out of them. They're bone stock guns.

    The 3.8grn load has run any .40, regardless of make or model, with complete authority.
     
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    Try drills with that load with a G27 weak handed or a G23 with a tactical light installed... then get back to me...

    Reliability with two hands freestyle slowfire at a lane maybe... yes most of the time, but for my needs pointless, unless FTE drills is what I want to practice all day long.

    3.2 - 3.8 is well BELOW the published load for a 180g bullet and WST.

    I wouldn't go lower that 3.9 for a gamer load for IDPA that load I'm told runs mid 700's more or less on the chrono. I have tried myself... at 4.1 it's more like a .40 should be mid range...so I'm happy.
     
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    4.5 titegroup and 135 rainier. good for under 3" at 75' in a glock,100% relaible. 4.3 works about 99.9% of the time but had a few problems so went to 4.5 and zero problems. going to go to 180s when i'm out of 135s mostly to simplify what i keep on hand.
     
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    That's a good load you got there. In par with my 155 RNHB berrys 155's 4.3g of TG at 1.130 also reliable with excellent accuracy of to 25 yards and soft shooting to boot.

    A 180 with TG will make PF at 3.3-3.6 and is IMO one of the ultimate "gamer" loads, shoots like my AA 22lr kit.

    Personally, I have no use for that low a load for IDPA or other gun games but I do load it at times for my wife or son to shoot.
     
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    I'm new to the reloading game but have found that 9.4gr of AA#7 with 155 Rainers works great.
     
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    Haven't shot a pistol with a tactical light so can't speak of that.

    But I shoot USPSA limited with the 3.8grn load in a stock BHP (20lb. spring) and the gun runs flawlessly. Weak hand is part of a lot of scenarios and haven't had a problem yet.

    I've got big forearms and huge hands. Maybe that's giving me an edge in gripping. But then a lot of my friends shoot the 3.8grn. load, too, without problem. And they're little fellas compared to me.
     
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    For target practice, I use 5.6 grains of Winchester 231 with 180 grain FP FMJ. I get about 830ft/sec out of a G23.
     
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    8.2 AA5 with 150gr. Nosler bullet. It groups consistent 3/4" at 35 yards from .40 cal,. 1911.
     
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    No arguments from me... if it works for you that's great and I'll keep it in mind and try it again sometime. Maybe it's the slide length. I like the the recoil characteristics of the 4.1 load though, closer feel to SD loads which is all I use my stock G23 for anyways.
     
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    I would stick with 180gr. .02
     
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    I like WST better than Clays for light loads. I prefer WSF for 165gr-180gr bullets @ 900fps. It gives me the best accuracy I can get from a couple of 40s. If you want to go lighter, WST will work a bit better, cleaner burning.
     
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    3.8 grains of win 231 under a 180 is a sweet combo for cycling the gun with a soft recoil.
     
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    3N38 powder likes Federal primers and 165gr Golden Sabers like 3N38 powder. :cool:

    You will want a fully supported chamber for the above recipe.

    Bob :cowboy:
     
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    4.5gr of TG under 180gr Berry's TMJ seated 1.125 OAL.
     
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    14gr aa#9 under 180fmj with small rifle primer

    in a real 40cal 10mm
     
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    Lead or Jacketed 180's?