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I would like some of your pet loads for the 40 S&W.

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by minnesota, Jan 13, 2013.

  1. minnesota

    minnesota Well-Known Member

    I was wondering if any of you would be willing to let me know your pet loads for the 40 S&W. I would also like to know what the best powders are for this cartridge.
  2. 918v

    918v Well-Known Member

    155 Gold Dot
    4grs Titegroup
    1.120" OAL

    I think TG is the best powder for minimum loads in the 40.
  3. oldpapps

    oldpapps Well-Known Member

    40 XTP 155 231 5.4 923 SPFD XD
    40 L 155 231 5.3 912 SPFD XD
    40 XTP 155 TightGroup 5.8 1069 SPFD XD

    Spread sheets don't cut&past well.

    The TightGroup loading gives me more velocity but I use the 231 most of the time. Almost the same trajectory with both lead and jacketed.

    Dis-calmer: This data is for reference only. Loaded with my components, in the manner that I load they are safe in my weapon/s. This does not infer that these loads are safe in your weapon/s, with your component, loaded in the manner that you load.
  4. CGT80

    CGT80 Well-Known Member

    135 berrys plated bullet over 5.3 grains of win 231/hp-38. This load is very soft in my XD 4". My brother has and XD 5" and has to run 5.7 grains of powder for the same load. I run as light as possible, due to shooting competitions and needing speed.

    231/hp38 is a great universal powder for pistols. It is great for 9,40,45,38spl,45 colt, 44 spl, and it works in 357 mag and 44 mag for light loads. It is also fairly easy to find data for it. It even works well for my dad's 9mm compensated 1911 race gun, but we have to load over the max published data (very common for race guns).
  5. Hamish

    Hamish Well-Known Member

    A couple of favorites:

    Rainier 180gr HPFB with 4.2gr of TiteGroup OAL 1.125 891.7 fps (Glock 23)
    Rainier 180gr HPFB with 7.2gr of AA#7 OAL 1.125 908.3 fps (Glock 23)
    Precision Delta 180gr JFN 4.2 of TiteGroup OAL 1.125 844 fps (Sig P226)

    all with Winchester SPP.
  6. Chip1wa

    Chip1wa Well-Known Member

    7.7 gr of Longshot with a 180gr Hornady XTP loaded to 1.120"with range pickup brass gives me right at 1180fps out of my Glock 22. 8gr is listed as max for what it's worth. This load really livens up the feedback from my G22, G27, and PM40.

    For plinking loads that gives me the 1.5" groups at 50' I use the 180gr Bayou Bullet with range pickup over 6.1 gr of Power Pistol loaded to 1.115" OAL. I didn't own a chrono when I developed this load, so I'm not really sure of the muzzle velocity.

  7. Ifishsum

    Ifishsum Well-Known Member

    For general range use I usually load a plated 155-165 bullet (depending on local supply) and AA #7 in the 9 gr range with a CCI spp.
  8. birddog2

    birddog2 Well-Known Member

    135 gr plated over 6.0 g Unique OAL 1.2 = 1" 25yrd groups out of my CZ 40b
  9. HighExpert

    HighExpert Well-Known Member

    .40 S&W
    JHP 155gr
    6.5 Unique
    1.118 OAL
    1120 FPS

    .40 S&W Practice
    JHP/JFP 155gr
    5.7 Bullseye
    1.118 OAL
    890 FPS

    Here are two of mine.
  10. gamestalker

    gamestalker member

    155 gr. XTP's, or 155 gr. Gold Dots for bullets. And then either Longshot or HS6 for the powder and CCI-500's. As for powder charge tables, I recomend you find a powder or bullet manufacture charge table online, or buy a book. Personally, I would not use any data that isn't from a trusted SAAMI approved source, too much risk of human error.

  11. minnesota

    minnesota Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the help, keep it coming if you can.
  12. jcwit

    jcwit Well-Known Member

    You are actually accepting reloading from unknown folks via the internet?

    Suggest you purchase a reloading manual or at the least do a search of the powder manufactures and their suggested loads.

    Just wondering, do you date French models?

    Thats a joke, from a TV add.
  13. bigfinger76

    bigfinger76 Well-Known Member

    165 gr. Ranier plated over ~6.5 gr. Unique, COAL 1.130
  14. minnesota

    minnesota Well-Known Member

    I have several load manuals to verify the load data with and I can also look it up at hodgdon or alliant amongst others. I am doing this to try and narrow my options for powders to try.
  15. jcwit

    jcwit Well-Known Member

  16. JLDickmon

    JLDickmon Well-Known Member

    no one uses Unique or 180 hardballs?
  17. cowtownup

    cowtownup Well-Known Member

    I wish I would have done this also... I just bought Power Pistol off the cuff to reload 40 S&W... I'm sure I will be able to use it, just may not be the best choice...
  18. bigfinger76

    bigfinger76 Well-Known Member

    I do! See above...
  19. Seedyn

    Seedyn New Member

    180 gr Missouri LTCFP 4.6 g Universal
    1.126 COAL Chronos @ ~975 Clean
    and more accurate than me!
  20. THe Dove


    Welcome aboard Seedyn.

    The Dove

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