I have a surplus of Red Dot powder and am wanting to try loading some lead 160 grain bullets for the S&W .40. I could try to calculate a load based on the 9mm and .45acp loads I have, but if anyone has tried this I'd appreciate some advice.
Thanks in advance.
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October 7, 2007, 10:13 AM
Use 165 Gr. Data.
Alliant gives 5.1 as max with a 170 Gr. XTP (http://www.alliantpowder.com/reloaders/RecipeDetail.aspx?title=Pistols%20and%20Revolvers>ypeid=1&weight=170&shellid=1022&bulletid=64). That would be a good place to stop. Try 4.6 to start.
Other powders will give more velocity, but for making it go bang for plinking Red Dot will do fine. Red Dot fills the case pretty good, is real clean burning and generally accurate.
October 7, 2007, 02:44 PM
I sure wouldn't load that hot for a Bodyguard, or any other older J-frame!
I have loaded 4.2 gr. Red-Dot with a 158 gr cast lead SWC for many years.
It's a good stout load in a J-Frame S&W.
Speer #13 lists 3.8 grains Red-Dot as Max +P with a 158 gr. lead bullet.
They show 3.4 grains & 158 lead bullet as a Max Standard Pressure load.