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Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by sr, Jan 6, 2013.

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  1. sr

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    hello all top of the morn. has anyone got a load for the 40 using lead 180 grain and win 231?
     
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    My Lyman #49 reloading manual has 13 loads with one bullet + 14 loads with another using them.

    If you shoot lead, you need to get a Lyman manual.

    rc
     
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    The Hodgdon site should have some info, with win-231/HP-38.
     
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    There's no currently published lead load data for 40S&W and W231/HP-38 from Hodgdon.

    Current Hodgdon load data
    When I conducted load development for lead Missouri 180 gr TCFP bullet and W231/HP-38, I referenced Lyman #49 and 1999 Winchester load data.

    Keep in mind that Lyman #49 used .401" groove diameter test barrel instead of more typical .400", so their start/max charges are higher than powder manufacturer load data and personally too high for my comfort. When I do load development, especially for 40S&W, I will start with the published load data that shows the lowest start/max charges/pressures.

    1999 Winchester load data listed the following
    Since you can use load data for slightly heavier bullet, I figured I would be OK using 3.8 - 4.0 gr of W231/HP-38 for 180 gr bullet.

    So I range tested Missouri 180 gr TCFP loaded to 1.125" OAL with 3.8 and 4.0 gr of W231/HP-38. I did end up working up to 4.4 gr but 3.8/4.0 gr loads reliably cycled the slides of M&P40/Glock22, produced accurate shot groups and did not produce leading.

    I hope this helps.
     
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