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Old December 17, 2000, 08:16 PM   #1
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Hi Gang,
Looking for some loading info any of you might have on loading 155gr lead bullets in the .40S&W. I need to keep the leading down, so light loads only. Thanks in advance for any info you might share.

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Old December 18, 2000, 05:55 AM   #2
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Ellis -

What brand / model gun to you plan to use these loads with? If it's a Glock - forget it. They have an unsupported case that causes the case to bulge. The first time you use the case it is fine, the second time you use that case it is fine, the third time you use the case you lock the gun up but good.

And the polygonal rifleing is not good with lead. To my knowledge the Glock and the H&K are the only guns to use this.

Now then, if you have a fully supported case and cut rifleing, let me know and I'll tell you what works for me.
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Old December 18, 2000, 01:52 PM   #3
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In the past, when I shot .40 cal. Glocks, my target lead bullet load was a 140 to 155 grain cast lead bullet over 4.2 grains of Scot Solo 1000. This was a very easy shooting load and didn't lead even the Glock too fast. It did lead, though. It required a good cleaning after each session at the range.
I now load the same ammo for my S&W 646 revolver. It work very well.
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Old December 18, 2000, 09:04 PM   #4
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Not using a Glock. Info please Nut.
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My gun is a 1911, 5" bbl.
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Old December 20, 2000, 12:03 AM   #5
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For a 155 lead, I would start with 4-4.5 grains of Universal Clays, and if you keep the velocity below 800 fps, you shouldn't have any problems with leading.
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Old December 20, 2000, 09:53 PM   #6
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40s&w

Thanks guys, keep the info coming!

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Old December 20, 2000, 10:39 PM   #7
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Use 5.1 grains of Winchester 231 under a 155 grain lead RSWC from Oregon Trail. It works very well in my Glock 35 (factory barrel!) and soon in my Smith & Wesson 646 too.

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Old December 21, 2000, 06:45 AM   #8
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I use 6.7gn of W540 in a .40 CZ-75 military, WW brass and SP primer -slight taper-crimp only, with no real leading with linotype lead 150 SWC drylube by "Redback".

Suggest 900FPS -but not chronoed yet with F1 Chrony.

Nice load to shoot,action is fine with no malfunctions, slight streaking 1/4" from muzzle in lands [only] after 200 rds on a 30C day at range.

Shoots 3" group of 5 shots -handheld, offhand - at 15M target easily.Trigger guard serrated grip used. Hope that helps

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Old December 21, 2000, 11:57 AM   #9
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SLIGHTLY heavier bullets

Ellis--

Sorry but most of my experience with lead bullets in a .40 High Power and a Taurus has been with 165 and 180 gr. bullets. These work well with moderate loads of Universal--I use 5 gr. but suspect it would function well with lighter loads as well. The 180/5.0 Universal does quite well on steel plates and is still pleasant to shoot. No serious leading problems.

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