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Load for Rainier 40 S&W 165 FP

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by BGD, Jan 19, 2013.

  1. BGD

    BGD Well-Known Member

    I got lucky and found a box of 500 40 cal 165 FP at Cabela's today. I have about 1/2 pound of bullseye and 1 lb of FST. It will be for a 40 S&W.

    I am thinking of starting with 4.5 grains of WST or 5 grains of Bullseye. Do these sound like OK starting loads?

    I cant wait for the powder famine to end.
    Last edited: Jan 20, 2013
  2. leadbury

    leadbury Active Member

    Best I can do; if this is a JACKETED 165,alliant manual says 5.8 bulls. max for gdhp.,Hornady book says 4.5-6.0 for a 155 jacketed FP. Hodgon manual says 5.9 max WST for a 135 JHP,4.3 for a 180 GR. If this a Rainer plated 165 FP,using lead data,Lyman says for a175 FP 5 gr bulls. max,6.3 WST.I am currently wrestling data using blue dot for a 165 rainer plated FPP, settled at 8.5, anyone got a max guess? comparing blue dot to AA7 I'd say 10.5. I'm loading to 1.125
  3. GLOOB

    GLOOB Well-Known Member

    With Rainers I would start with mid to high range lead data or starting jacketed data, and work up from there.

    I found out the dumb way that max jacketed data and Rainier bullets don't always mix. I was using the 155 gr 40 cal bullets and AutoComp powder. They shot fine out of my FN, but they were too hot for my Glock.
  4. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator

    Pick a middle of the road charge from jacketed data for your powder choice.
  5. HighExpert

    HighExpert Well-Known Member

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

    This is one of my favorites. I would say you are fine with what you are thinking. You have to throttle Raniers down a little from jacketed and I would say you are.

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