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amstutz 04-27-2014 09:21 PM

Best all around bullet for .40 cal
My son has asked me to load some .40 cal cartridges for him. I do not have a .40 pistol so I am not familiar with loading for that caliber. I have the dies, the powder, primers, and brass. I'm not sure what bullet weight to use for general, all around practice ammo. There is a wide range of weights so I would like some suggestions from veterans in the hand loading game. Thanks.

kryptar19 04-27-2014 10:14 PM

Check into the Armscore bullets. They have been selling their bulk packs for really cheap lately.

As far as grain weight for a general practice load, just about any 165-180 should be perfect.

grandpabear 04-29-2014 09:55 AM

I believe there is more published data for the 180grn. bullets. I have loaded 155,165 and 180s for my .40 using Titegroup. For plinking, I like 180s.

at_liberty 05-03-2014 10:34 PM

180 gr will keep it subsonic and have a report you could better withstand, should you have to shoot without ear protection.

Overkill0084 05-03-2014 10:57 PM

I reload everything from 155 to 180 gr cast & plated. They all work fine.
That said, I have read a couple articles regarding 180s being especially unforgiving with setback issues. I've not had any issues myself, but it's food for thought:

amstutz 05-04-2014 01:12 AM

Thanks everyone. Very helpful. I am very anal about oal so not worried about setback. But thanks for the heads up.

hardluk1 05-04-2014 06:56 PM

I load 155 and 165gr after reading this article I don't even look at 180gr any more.

Read below

easy to load 155gr up to 1300fps.

locutus 05-05-2014 05:03 PM

I buy Remington 155 FMJ in bulk-packs of 1,000. with a hefty charge of HS-6, they are easily loaded to duplicate the recoil and trajectory of the Winchester factory 155 Silvertip HP ammo that I keep for "serious social shooting.":D

at_liberty 05-06-2014 05:39 PM


Originally Posted by hardluk1 (Post 1570130)
I load 155 and 165gr after reading this article I don't even look at 180gr any more.

Read below

easy to load 155gr up to 1300fps.

That article is very helpful but is shown with no credentials. I do accept it though. I just want to add that the .40 S&W with its 180 gr bullet was appropriately subsonic, so loads of the 165 grain should pay attention to limited velocity to avoid blowing your ears out in a gunfight. The sonic boom can occur at above 1108 fps, varying with elevation and other atmospheric conditions.

Note that part of the attention that the magnums get when they step up to the line at the range is because their typical loads are supersonic. That is also why the 9mm can sound loader than the rest.

locutus 05-06-2014 07:32 PM

My reason for not using 180 in the .40 is BECAUSE they are so slow.:p

When you get a 155 to ~1300 fps, you're right up there in 6 inch barrel, .357 magnum power levels. And the .357 has been proven on the street for over 75 years.

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