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Old February 21, 2013, 05:20 PM   #1
todd5250
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.40 S&W Failure to Eject

I'm still fairly new to reloading but I made a batch of 5 in the starting loadout from the Hodgdon site and fired them off. None of the brass ejected, they hung up sideways like there wasn't enough powder in the load to cycle the slide all the way to the rear. I had to pull the slide back and let the spent cartridge fall out...no biggie since I only loaded one at a time in the magazine in case this happened.
So, looks like I need to up my starting load....how much do I go up at a time? .2 until it functions correctly?

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Berrys plated 155gr/5.1 grains of Win231/OAL 1.125-1.126
SA XDm in the .40 flavor

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Old February 21, 2013, 08:31 PM   #2
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According to my Lyman manual, 5.1 isn't even a starting charge .

150gr lead TC 231 5.5-6.5max.

Berry's has to use lead data BTW, not jacketed.
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Old February 21, 2013, 09:56 PM   #3
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Chris, the below is what I used from the Hodgdon site that lists the powder I was using as well as the bullets. I have the Lyman manual but decided to use this since it actually listed the bullets I was using.
No matter at this point though because the 5.1 is an obvious no-go and I need to increase.

155 GR. BERB FP
Winchester 231
1.125"
Starting load 5.1 979 24,100 PSI
Max load 6.0 1130 33,900 PSI

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