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crimeguy7
April 5, 2009, 12:40 AM
Ok my DIllon Square Deal is set up and im getting ready.

1. What size primers do i buy for .40 S&W? Is one brand better than the other?

2. And what kind/brand of powder should I get.

3. ANy .40 S&W bullet recommendation? Just to get started shooting paper and plates......

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rfwobbly
April 5, 2009, 12:50 AM
Crime -

Make life simple: Start with something listed in your reloading manual !!!

The Lyman manual shows no less than 10 different bullet weights/materials for S&W40, and 14 powders to use with each. That's 140 different combinations. Your local gun store should be able to supply one of those combinations. The manual will also give you the primer type.

Read, read, read !!!

Yo2slick
April 5, 2009, 01:07 AM
Get a few reloading manuals and read them!!! Read all you can before you think about running your first batch.

remingtondude58
April 5, 2009, 01:57 AM
I believe 40 uses a small pistol primer.

lgbloader
April 5, 2009, 02:39 AM
Ok my DIllon Square Deal is set up and im getting ready.

1. What size primers do i buy for .40 S&W? Is one brand better than the other?

2. And what kind/brand of powder should I get.

3. ANy .40 S&W bullet recommendation? Just to get started shooting paper and plates......



Slow it down, Mate. Do not pull that press handle until you fully understand the process because these are extremely basic questions that your are asking and you should know the answers to.

I HIGHLY suggest buying and reading 49th edition of Lyman. The front part that explains the process, step by step. read that over a couple of times for both rifle and pistol and you should understand the do's and dont's. You cannot haphass it with handloading, Mate. For your safety and the safety of those around you at the shooting range.

I don't mean to sound like I am scolding you, Just looking out, is all really.

Cheers,

LGB

SASS#23149
April 5, 2009, 03:27 AM
bsides doing some reading, be SURE to run the 1st few dozen or so rounds thru the machine ONE AT A TIME to get the feel of what the machine does at each station.
do NOT try to hurry,speed will come with experience.
if you even THINK you messed up,empty the machine and figure out what you did or did not do correctly.you do NOT want a double powder charge sneaking into your rounds.
I also like the Lyman manual,ti's a good one.a very good one.

Sunray
April 5, 2009, 03:54 AM
1. Buy a manual and read it. You need one anyway. The Lyman book lgbloader mentions is extremely versatile. Covers cartridges your new press won't load, but buy it and read it anyway. It has more loads using more powders and bullet weights than any bullet or powder maker's book. Not that those are bad. They only give data for their products. Load for the bullet weight. Who made it or its construction doesn't matter. IE. a 180 grain Sierra JHP and a 180 grain Hornady XTP are loaded with the same data.
The .40 S&W uses small pistol primers. One brand is as good as another. However, if you change any one component you have to work up the load again. This applies to any cartridge, handgun or rifle.
2. I've always started with whatever powder is given for the accuracy load for a particular bullet weight in my Lyman book. It has worked for about 30 years.
3. Jacketed bullets are expensive to shoot regularly. Find a local .401" cast bullet supplier. Cast bullets generally use a bullet that's 1 thou bigger than a jacketed bullet. Talk to your local gun shop.
Paper and plates do not need a hot load either. Mind you, the .40 S&W isn't known as a target cartridge. Few, if any, match grade bullets exist. Don't let that get in the way though.

crimeguy7
April 5, 2009, 10:28 AM
I fully intend on reading and doing more research. I just wanted to get a list of supplies before I get started. Thanks to all for the great advice.... I will get back you all with my success stories...:D

crimeguy7
April 5, 2009, 10:31 AM
and a couple friends of mine are going to assist me who have years of experience in loading. These are the two you blessed me with the sickness of this hobby;)

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