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Old September 10, 2002, 03:30 PM   #1
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140 grain for .40 & 147 grain for 9mm

I'm just curious about whether anyone is using these bullets in their respective calibers. Are they reliable, accurate, or not worth the money. Thanks in advance.
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Old September 10, 2002, 05:21 PM   #2
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I've had good luck with the 135 gr. bullets from Nosler in the .40. I've never seen the 140 gainers, except lead.

147 GR LEAD bullets are great in the 9MM, because you can get a load heavy enough to reliably cycle the gun and keep velocity under 900 FPS, thereby avoiding leading.

For jacketed bullet loads in the 9MM, I've had much better luck with 115 to 125 GR bullets. YMMV
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Old September 10, 2002, 08:41 PM   #3
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I've used 135's up to 220's in 40 S&W; optimum for what?

Concur with 135g Nosler.

In 9x19 recommend 115-135g, unless target/plinking.
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Old September 10, 2002, 09:19 PM   #4
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Like I said, I'm just curious. I'm thinking about reloading for .40 auto, and was wondering whether 140 grain lead bullets were worth checking out.

I already load for 9mm, but once again was wondering if 147 grain lead bullets were worth it compared to 115 & 124 grain jacketed bullets.

I guess I'm one of those guys that likes to try something different just because I can.
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Old September 10, 2002, 09:37 PM   #5
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SOUNDS LIKE YOU JUST WANT TO SHOOT

E-mail direct for thorough load discussion; I've got both 140g LFP 40 S&W and 147g LFP 9X19 experience.

Please include specific detailed info on intended launch platforms, loading equipment and components.
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Old September 12, 2002, 11:29 PM   #6
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I like 147 gr bullets in 9x19.. I have never tried anything less than 165 gr bullets for .40. I really like the 180gr TC bullets for .40. The 165 grainers seem to have less whip though. Weshoot2, what is the muzzle flip like with the .40 S&W 140g LFP? What muzzle velocity is your target?
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Old September 13, 2002, 04:16 PM   #7
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"Muzzle flip" = counts on gun, grip, and load. Mine wasn't bad.

"Muzzle velocity" = from 900ish to 1300ish fps.
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Old September 13, 2002, 04:39 PM   #8
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Muzzle flip... Good point,, it depends. I was thinking you would be pushing 140 gr bullets pretty fast, like the 1300 fps end of the spectrum and wanted a relative comparison to 180gr bullet moving about 965 fps.... The recoil and muzzle flip should be really tame at 900 fps.
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Old September 13, 2002, 04:54 PM   #9
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EXACTLY

'Light' load was for old "Practical Carry" class at S&W Invitationals.

Ended up using 180g Rainiers over Bullseye.
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Old September 13, 2002, 05:27 PM   #10
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I used to shoot a lot of 147 grain bullets out of a nine. I had a Ruger P89 with fixed sights. The 147s were the only ones that would hit point of aim with the sights. I shot IDPA, and IPSC with that load and also shot a mule deer, several coyotes, jackrabbits, and various small desert creatures. I am currently loading 147s/Power Pistol for use in my Sten MK II sub machine gun.
All that said, I don't really know what to tell you. I think I would prefer the 124s. I didn't have any real complaints with the 147s other than the fact that they arn't as readily available and everyone has to ask you about it.
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