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cast lead bullets in .40?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by kennedy, May 13, 2008.

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  1. kennedy

    kennedy Member

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    can you use cast lead bullets in .40 s&w? I have been using rainier plated bullet, but do to cost looking for something else and lead bullets are cheaper. any problems with feeding or leading? will be using universal and win 231 powders.
     
  2. Grandpa Shooter

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    Go for it. I have been shooting lead in a Kahr 40 for 10 years. They shoot well and don't lead much if you don't go crazy with your loads.
     
  3. kennedy

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    thanks gramps, you have a favorite manufactor?
     
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    You can cast for any pistol/revolver/rifle if you have the proper mould and as far as the 40 S&W just about everyone makes a mould for it. I cast a very nice 150gr swc from a Redding mould
    using a 50/50 mix of ww and Linotype the big question is in which pistil will you use it in. some say certain pistols should not use lead bullets and some have very good results using lead bullets in said certain pistols.
     
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    I've shot thousands through my P229 with no issues. They feed 100% of the time. I've been using 155g RN's. I was a little worried about leading, but it hasn't been a problem.
     
  6. kennedy

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    I will be shooting a witness and want to start with bought bullets, before I cast my own.
     
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    You can shoot lead bullets in your .40 S&W Witness with no problems. I shoot them in mine, along with my S&W 4006's. There are many lead bullets that are suitable for these pistols.

    Hope this helps.

    Fred
     
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    I have no issues with .40S&W 180gr hard cast bullets using 5.2 grains of Unique, I've used Winchester, CCI, MagTech and Wolf primers.

    --wally.
     
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    I've shot tens of thousands of "hard cast" lead bullets in my polygonal barrel 40's. Plated are fine.

    Just follow the recipes and keep the velocity around 900 to 1000 fps. Seating/Crimping is best done in 2 steps and crimps should be minimal, just enough to keep the bullet from recessing,
     
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