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Old January 14, 2012, 10:44 PM   #1
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Does anyone have any load data for 180 grain .40 s&w copper plated FP's

I can't find any data on loading the 180 grain copper plated bullets for the .40. I've heard some people say to load them with the lead data and others say they should have their own data due to the characteristics of the plating. Any help would be much appreciated as I just bought 500 of these thinking they were FMJ at a great price DOH! Thanks
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Old January 14, 2012, 10:46 PM   #2
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BTW. The Lee manual only gives data on the 155 grain copper plated bullets.
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Old January 14, 2012, 11:00 PM   #3
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what powder do you use? the sierra manual and ken waters pet loads list for the 180gr.

i buy the berry 180's all the time to shoot in my glock 27
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Old January 14, 2012, 11:15 PM   #4
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I have acc#5, Silhouette, bullseye, longshot, blue dot. I like acc#5 for fmj but have never loaded cast lead or plated bullets before.
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Old January 14, 2012, 11:36 PM   #5
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silhouette
850 fps - 5.5 gr - 288 energy/ft pounds
900 fps - 5.9 - 323
950 fps - 6.3 - 360
1000 fps - 6.6 -399

i wouldnt go higher as plated bullets you want to keep under 1100 fps usually

from page 775 of sierra manual
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Old January 15, 2012, 12:13 AM   #6
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Use cast bullet data for plated bullets. Here is a link to 180 gr bullets. Lyman reloading manual is also a good source for cast bullets. I also understand Berry has reloading data on their web-site but I've not used it.

http://www.handloads.org/loaddata/de...Powder&Source=
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Old January 15, 2012, 08:53 AM   #7
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From Berry's web page.
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When loading plated bullets we have found best results using low- to mid-range jacketed data in the load manual. You must use data for a bullet that has the same weight and profile as the one you are loading. Do not exceed mid-range loads.
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Old January 15, 2012, 09:38 AM   #8
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look here

http://data.hodgdon.com/main_menu.asp

http://www.alliantpowder.com/reloade...aspx?gtypeid=1
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Old January 15, 2012, 09:42 AM   #9
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I use Power Pistol at 5.8 gr which keeps them at about 900fps.
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Old January 15, 2012, 11:08 PM   #10
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I had the exact same issue 2 years ago.

I load mine with 5.5 grains of HS-6.

Not to be a broken record, but since this is not a documented load please start lower than the load that I mentioned here. I believe I started at 5.2gr. I have not checked them over my chronograph yet, but I estimate it is 850 or so.
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