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Advice on .40 S&W?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Legionnaire, Apr 26, 2013.

  1. JO JO

    JO JO Participating Member

    Apr 6, 2011
    a quick question on longshot can it be loaded to velocities say around 1000fps
    or does it need to be full tilt, to burn well looking at the new hornady book
    its including longshot for the 40 s&w and show data from mild to full speed
    been using hs6 but might give it a try,
    lots of good info on this thread :D
  2. Ex

    Ex Active Member

    Jan 15, 2011
    .40 is probably the single round I have loaded the most for... by far. I shoot .40 pretty hot, using 2# heavier recoil spring and recoil buffer pad.

    LongShot does produce a high velocity load! The low end data for a 165 gr JHP is 1139 and in my g22, I find that anywhere in the range (1139-1185) is consistent, clean and much more accurate than I am even off a bench. I will say that the lower 3rd of the formula burns dirty in a friends Ruger SR40 and totally clean in my G22. I solved the dirty issue in the SR40 by either upping the load slightly or tightening the taper crimp just a tad. Either, upped the case pressure in the SR40 and got the brass to seal, and thereby improved burn.

    If you are looking for 1000fps with pretty clean burn, (and economical) you might run some TiteGroup. mid range load with TiteGroup is about as economical as you can get with very good consistency.
    165 GR. BERB FP Titegroup .400" 1.125" 4.5 960 24,300 PSI 5.1 1060 31,800 PSI
    TiteGroup meters exceptionally well and as you can see, mid range it's only 4.7ish grs so it goes along ways on a pound of powder. TiteGroup is considered to be a pretty fast powder but is fairly forgiving for being fast and is remarkably not case position sensitive for a low case fill.

    If I was out for mid range speed at low cost with good balance of accuracy, it would probably be TiteGroup. Followed by Unique, with LongShot holding the favoured
  3. Lj1941

    Lj1941 Active Member

    Jun 12, 2009
    Berrys 155 in 40

    I have found that 3.8 Grains of Hodgdon Clays or Alliant Clay Dot works fine as a target/IDPA load with a 40 Berrys 155 RNHB or Flat Point. Velocities are not high but this is a very accurate load which is much more important:).
  4. Havok7416
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    Havok7416 Participating Member

    Apr 24, 2012
    SW Ohio
    I load 5.1 grains of Unique behind a 180 grain plated bullet and it does just fine. I just started looking for a suitable load for 180 grain lead bullets using the same powder.
  5. Dframe

    Dframe Active Member

    Feb 21, 2013
    Central Illinois
    For BDS. I avoid range scrap. I also load no more than 3-4 times (at slightly less than full power) then the brass goes to the recycler, especially since I'm "Glock"ing a pretty good number of them. I've never trusted "Glock Brass" entirely.

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