40 cal powder


February 5, 2013, 01:22 AM
Just started loading 40 cal. I used what I had left of hp38 and need to get more powder tomorrow and I thought I would see what you guys prefer for 40. Will be shooting out of a glock 22. Bullets will be 155 to 180 gr

Thanks in advance

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February 5, 2013, 01:25 AM
Melikes AutoComp for the full tilt stuff.

February 5, 2013, 05:34 AM
Just started loading 40 cal ... glock 22 ... 155 to 180 gr

I shoot Glock 22/23/27 with factory and Lone Wolf/KKM aftermarket barrels.

For me, I used Universal/WSF/HS-6/AutoComp for higher velocity loads with 155/165/180 gr Montana Gold jacketed bullets. In general, with slower burning powders, you won't get optimal accuracy until high-to-max range load data.

For lower velocity/pressure target loads and 140/155/160/170/180 gr plated/lead bullets, I use faster burning W231/HP-38. With heavier 180 gr bullet, it will produce accuracy even at start charge. With lighter weight bullets, I need to push them harder but W231/HP-38 will produce accuracy at mid-to-high range load data. If you are looking for lighter recoil yet accurate target loads, 180 gr and start-to-mid W231/HP-38 will work well.

I don't suggest faster burning powder than W231/HP-38 for 40S&W as recoil gets snappy and makes shooting less comfortable. While Titegroup can produce accurate match loads, I do not suggest Titegroup to new reloaders and especially not for 40S&W as too many KaBooms and Glocks have been associated with it.

If you are using mixed range brass with unknown reload history and want lower pressure loads that are accurate, W231/HP-38 at mid-to-high range load data is hard to beat.


February 5, 2013, 08:53 AM
I am loading Missouri Billet IDP #7 and HP-38/231 with great results. I also use a lot of 700-X, especially with the heavier jacketed bullets while I use far less of these. There are lots of good choices out there but I find that what works well with 45 ACP also works well in the .40. Just adjust the amount of propellant relative to the caliber/bullet used and the results will be good.

February 5, 2013, 09:49 AM
Power pistol & unique

February 5, 2013, 10:37 AM
For powder puff loads in 40 S&W at ca. 725-775 fps I use WST.
For full power loads I prefer WSF.

THe Dove
February 5, 2013, 01:59 PM
Titegroup for me.

The Dove

February 5, 2013, 05:08 PM
Thanks for all the info guys. I ended up sticking with hp38 for now.

February 5, 2013, 07:25 PM
Hp38 is a fine run of the mill 40s&w powder. It is forgiving to a point, and my go to powder for cast/plated bullets in most pistol calibers. Most of my plated are loaded with Acc#5 and unique. I also run alot of bullseye for plinking ammo.

February 5, 2013, 07:31 PM
I use HP-38 in half my 40 loads and HS-6 in the rest.

February 5, 2013, 07:34 PM
I like Titegroup mostly and some Clays. HP-38 is too dirty.

February 5, 2013, 07:45 PM
I like the 165 gr. I use Win 231 very clean powder 5.0 gr.

February 5, 2013, 08:15 PM
For light up to normal (950 fps or less for 180gr) I like TiteGroup, HP38 and WST.

For more normal (950-1050 fps for 180gr) I like Unique, Power Pistol, AutoComp and WSF.

For higher power (1100+ 180gr) I like Longshot, Power Pistol, 800x (meters like crap) and VV 3N38 (good luck finding any).

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