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Generous gift that I don't know what to do with.

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by ZeSpectre, Sep 13, 2008.

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  1. ZeSpectre

    ZeSpectre Member

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    hey guys n' gals,
    Someone dropped out of reloading and generously gifted me 200 bullets that are Hornady 10mm, 200gr XTP JHP.

    I load for .40 S&W and I don't have a single load listed for Unique powder and a 200 grain pill. I'd welcome load suggestions or recipes if anyone has 'em.
     
  2. rcmodel

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    Well, Hornady #4 & #6 lists 10 or more powders for the .40/200 XTP, but Unique isn't one of them.

    Lee shows 4.8 - 5.3 Max with a 200 jacketed.

    My old notes indicate Hercules used to list 5.3 Max also.
    Alliant no longer lists it.

    Then there is this:
    http://www.reloadammo.com/40loads.htm

    I'd probably try 4.8, then 5.0 or so, and see what develops.

    rcmodel
     
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    The Alliant Powder Reloaders Guide lists 5.3 grains of unique with a 200 grain FMJ at 955 FPS. This is, of course, the max load. Reduce by 10% to start
    (4.8 or 4.9 grains)
     
  4. Eric F

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    lee manual has 200 gr jacketed with unique

    start is 4.8@876 fps
    max is5.3@955 minimum seating is 1.130 but again that said jacketed not xtp
     
  5. joneb

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    My Hornady book shows the COL for the .40S&W 200gr HP/XTP at 1.125".
     
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    I've got a Speer book and a Sierra book. Apparently I need to pick up a few more. In the meanwhile I appreciate the info!
    Thanks guys!
     
  7. Shibumi

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    Nice bullets, I just got 1000 in 180 gr. free with purchase of my Hornady LnL AP! :)

    My Hornady 7th Edition lists my absolute favorite .40 cal. powder for the 200 gr. bullets, AA #7 from 6.6 gr. to 8.8 gr.-700 fps to 950 fps. I love this powder, it is very fine, dense ball powder and meters from a powder measure beautifully. It is also fairly low flash, makes follow-up shots easier.
     
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    Well I'm new enough to reloading that I've stuck strictly to one powder (Unique) for right now just to reduce the variables I have to cope with. I think I'll try out some other stuff soon though so I'll keep that "AA #7" recipe on hand.
     
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    Wow, I've been reloading three months and used four powders so far...:D
     
  10. ZeSpectre

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    I tend to be VERY methodical and scientific about stuff like this. Plus I'm in no real hurry <grin>.
     
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    Good decision really. No need to start throwing all sorts of "pinches" in your bread until you can turn out a nicely finished plain loaf or two. I started out loading and went powder-crazy, and ended up working my way back around to a few favorites. Starting with one powder that covers several calibers you shoot when you first get started is good thinking, cheers!
     
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