looking for a 40 s&w target load

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by XDM40, Aug 4, 2010.

  1. XDM40

    XDM40 New Member

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    just getting into reloading, and ive been researching and reading alot. im trying to find some load data on a solid target load. simply just for shooting paper right now untill i get the hang of everything. id like to know what everyone is using.

    thanks for the help
     
  2. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    175 gr truncated cone cast (by me) bullet. 4.5 gr Red Dot will shoot accurately out of most guns and still cycle reliably. 4.8 gr to make IPSC major. I used to use W-231, but it got hard to find. Red Dot is versitile enough for most handgun loads and is perfect for my light game loads in 12 ga.
     

  3. hunter Joe

    hunter Joe New Member

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    I'm shooting 3.3 grains of Hodgen Clays behind a 180 grain Berry's bullet. Very accurate.
     
  4. lkd

    lkd New Member

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    I use 155gr Montana Gold and 5.2gr of TiteGroup. 1.125 OAL.

    Extremely accurate and low recoil. Haven't run it through a chrony yet.
     
  5. Rick1967

    Rick1967 Well-Known Member

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    I use titegroup for every pistol caliber from .380 to 44 mag. It is a great pistol powder. It is unaffected by the position of the powder in respect to the primer. It shoots the same against the bullet as it does againt the primer. That is not the case with a lot of powders. For 40 S&W I use 4.3 grains of Titegroup behind a 175 grain lead flat point bullet. I tumble lube this bullet. I get no lead fouling of the barrel what-so-ever with this load. It is very accurate. It has a stout recoil. But it is realistic when practicing.
     
  6. XDM40

    XDM40 New Member

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    XDM40 New Member

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    so has anyone used the rainier lead safe bullets? i found a pretty good price on 165 gr and i think im gunna use em. i cant really find any tables on that bullet and not sure what kinda of powder i should use oal length ect. my local gun store carries little bottles of almost all hodgdon powders and bulk jugs of hodgdon universal and unique. any help would be great
     
  8. lkd

    lkd New Member

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    As with any reloading, NEVER trust us codgers giving you recipes. :D Start from recommended recipes from reloading books (Lee puts modern reloading tables in their die sets as well for the matching caliber).

    Having said that, I have a lot of Rainier's myself and love them too. Reloading is an act of passion and patience, but it's hella fun to take out 400 rounds loaded with different powders and bullets and figure out what works best. The difference between factory loads and "hand" loads can sometimes be astounding.
     
  9. XDM40

    XDM40 New Member

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    i hear what your saying, well since im a newbie i just want you guys to take a look at what im thinking.

    Rainier 180 gr 4.4 gr titegroup oal 1.35 or
    Rainier 180 gr 5.2 gr unique oal 1.125

    this is kinda some info ive gatherd throughout the sites couldnt really find any table for the rainier so i kinda went of lead tables. is this a good starting point? also what kinda power is recomended for plated bullets.

    thanks for all