Loading Lead for Ruger SR40c?


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StandingTall
August 26, 2011, 01:57 PM
Just purchased this weapon and was curious if anyone here also has one AND has reloaded for it using lead rounds.

Will be firing it first time tomorrow using Federal Champion 180gr FMJ, and scooping up the brass for reload.

I plan on using HP-38 with 180gr TCFP Missouri bullets.

Comments/suggestions are most welcome.

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wr400
August 26, 2011, 02:02 PM
I load with missouri bullets IDP 5 180 grain an Power Pistol for powder! They shoot great an no leading is present in a few thousand rounds! I do clean it after a session! They work great!

wr400
August 26, 2011, 02:05 PM
I have also used Unique with good results!

bds
August 27, 2011, 03:30 AM
There is no current load data from Hodgdon for lead 180 gr bullet and W231/HP-38 so use the following information with the usual THR disclaimer -Use at your own risk with no liability to THR forum/staff.

I have used Missouri Bullet 180 gr TCFP (IDP #5 .401" diameter) with Glock 22/27/Lone Wolf barrel and M&P40. All the barrels have .400" groove diameter.

Target loads of 3.8-4.1 gr W231/HP-38 at 1.125" OAL produced good accuracy and no leading with reliable slide cycling in all pistols. I have worked up to 4.3-4.5 gr with good results (and more recoil) and currently use 4.2 gr that Pro Auto Disk drops. Even at 4.5 gr, it is softer shooting than factory ammo.


- Hodgdon load data (http://data.hodgdon.com/cartridge_load.asp) lists 4.1-5.0 gr for 180 gr jacketed bullet at 1.125" OAL
- Lyman #49 lists 4.3-5.8 gr for 175 gr lead TCFP at 1.125" OAL (but the groove diameter of the 4" test barrel fixture was .401" and reflects the higher powder charge).


If your barrel's groove diameter is .400", I would reference Hodgdon's load data and keep the charge under 4.5 gr. If your barrel is .401", reference the Lyman load data.

Congrats on the Ruger SR40c and keep us posted with a range report.

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