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40 S&W Reloading question

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by cowtownup, Jan 21, 2013.

  1. cowtownup

    cowtownup Well-Known Member

    I am new to reloading and want to reload some 40 S&W with the following ingredients:

    Remington 5-1/2 small pistol magnum primers
    Alliant Power Pistol
    BSL Bullet Works 180 grain rounded flat nose plain base

    Is the data I need going to be in the Hornady manual?

    Also, that is a cast bullet, correct?

    I understand I may need to back off some on the powder since I am using magnum primers, but will that information be clearly laid out in the manual?

    Thanks in advance for your help..
  2. Reefinmike

    Reefinmike Well-Known Member

    I dont have a hornady manual so I cant speak on that part, but my lee book doesnt have any data for power pistol and 180gr lead. Im sure people are going to direct you to buy a lyman cast bullet manual if you are going to be loading up cast.

    Also, if you have a glock, be sure not to use the factory barrel with lead, you need an aftermarket barrel with standard rifling to safely shoot lead.
  3. steve4102

    steve4102 Well-Known Member

    Yes, it is a Lead cast bullet.

    No, the Hornady manual will not have data for a 180gr Cast bullet and Power Pistol.

    If you are going to shoot lead, it's best to have a lead bullet manual. Lyman 4th Edition.
  4. Otto

    Otto Well-Known Member

    Recent Hornady manuals provide data for Hornady bullets only.
    Yes, those are cast with a BHN of around 14.
    Contact the caster and ask what he suggests.
  5. thomis

    thomis Well-Known Member

    I don't recall using mag primers with Power Pistol.
    That being said, my carry load and favorite target load is comprised of a Power Pistol concoction and Montana Gold Bullet.
  6. cowtownup

    cowtownup Well-Known Member

    I wasn't planning on using magnum primers either, but thats all I could get my hands on so I bought them...

    What is BHN?
  7. edfardos

    edfardos Well-Known Member

    bhn is a unit of hardness. 14 is kinda soft, 23 kinda hard .. For lead.

    standard primers are all gone. A number of us are reformulating for mag primers.

  8. steve4102

    steve4102 Well-Known Member

    You are using the correct Remington primer. The 5 1/2 is for high pressure rounds like the 40, the 1 1/2 is used for low pressure rounds and not recommended in he 40.

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