The Firing Line Forums

Go Back   The Firing Line Forums > The Skunkworks > Handloading, Reloading, and Bullet Casting

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old October 17, 2018, 04:14 PM   #1
Senior Member
Join Date: April 5, 2015
Posts: 127
Does anyone use WSF powder for a 40

Has anyone used WSF for a 40 with 165 plated bullets
Poconolg is offline  
Old October 18, 2018, 12:19 PM   #2
T. O'Heir
Senior Member
Join Date: February 13, 2002
Location: Canada
Posts: 10,399
There's data on Hodgdon's site listed as BERB FP. So Hodgdon does.
Spelling and grammar count!
T. O'Heir is offline  
Old October 18, 2018, 02:25 PM   #3
Senior Member
Join Date: April 5, 2015
Posts: 127
I know about the website. What I wanted to know was if anyone has used WSF in a 40 and what they thought of it.
Poconolg is offline  
Old October 18, 2018, 03:10 PM   #4
Senior Member
Join Date: December 20, 2007
Location: S.E. Minnesota
Posts: 4,361
Hope I don't get in trouble for recommending another site, but check the Brian Enos forum. IIRC, they are big fans of WSF powder.

I really like WSF too, but there's very little load data available so I just "wing it" (pretend it's Herco and stay well shy of max loads) and it works well -- but that's mostly in revolver cartridges. I don't load .40 at all, but I think it would be better in auto cartridges like .40 and 9mm because it's not bulky like Herco.
"The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is with a good guy with a gun"
zxcvbob is online now  
Old October 18, 2018, 09:06 PM   #5
Senior Member
Join Date: December 23, 2011
Posts: 143
I have used WSF in S&W 40 pistol loads but went back to Titegroup. It worked ok.
primerman is offline  
Old October 19, 2018, 07:13 AM   #6
Senior Member
Join Date: May 3, 2009
Location: Central Texas
Posts: 3,813
I have not tried it yet. I am working on loads for 10mm and .40. So far in the 10mm for heavy loads that are accurate Blue Dot works well. AA7 is the next one I am trying as it meters way better from a volumetric powder measure.

In .40 so far my fave is Win 231. It still works. I will be trying Power Pistol at some point in time. If I come into a can of WSF I may give it a try.
No matter how many times you do it and nothing happens it only takes something going wrong one time to kill you.
m&p45acp10+1 is offline  
Old October 19, 2018, 08:26 AM   #7
Senior Member
Join Date: January 20, 2009
Location: Amity Oregon
Posts: 645
Watch it with WSF. It's the most reverse temperature sensitive powder I've ever
encountered. Probably not a problem with low/mid loads, but if you are loading
toward the top it might be too "hot" in cold weather.
BillM is offline  
Old October 19, 2018, 09:16 AM   #8
Senior Member
Join Date: October 23, 2010
Posts: 107
I used WSF quite a bit until I ran out. Here are two loads for 165 plated bullets - one for my STI Edge. I tended to use WSF with 180 gr. bullets in my Glock and never did check the velocity with 165s. I did chronograph the Edge load, but it was seated to a longer length.

I think WSF is one of the best powders out there for the 40 S&W. Good velocity without the pressure problems of faster powders, low muzzle flash for SD loads too.

Gun: Glock 35

Bullet: Rainier 165 gr. FN
Powder: Winchester WSF 6.3 grs.
Primer: CCI-500
Case: Federal
LOAL: 1.125
Recoil Spring: Factory

Bullet: Extreme Bullets 180 gr. RNFP Plated
Powder: Winchester WSF 5.9 grs
Primer: Federal 100
Case: Blazer
LOAL: 1.130
Average Velocity: 1007.90 fps
ES: 29.02
SD: 9.38
Recoil Spring: Factory

Gun: STI Edge

Bullet: Rainier 165 gr. FN Plated
Powder: Winchester WSF 6.3 grs
Primer: Winchester Small Pistol
Case: Winchester
LOAL: 1.180
Avg. Vel.: 1031.24 fps
ES: 79.04
SD: 32.77
PF: 170
Recoil Spring: Dawson tool-less guide rod, 14 lb. Recoil Spring and Buffer Pad.
pbcaster45 is offline  

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:30 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
This site and contents, including all posts, Copyright © 1998-2018 S.W.A.T. Magazine
Copyright Complaints: Please direct DMCA Takedown Notices to the registered agent:
Contact Us
Page generated in 0.07469 seconds with 10 queries