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1canvas
04-25-2010, 09:22
i will be starting to reload 165 - 180 gn. for the .40 [27-23]. what powders should i look at? thank you in advance.

tjpet
04-25-2010, 09:49
WST for target/mid-range fun.

WSF for full power work.

fredj338
04-25-2010, 11:24
WST for target/mid-range fun.

WSF for full power work.
Agree! I like WSF for midrange too, very accurate.

Jayman
04-25-2010, 13:01
Titegroup works well across the spectrum with .40, you can even make major with it. (Although that isn't my first choice of powders to do that.)

For hotter loads, Power Pistol.

shotgunred
04-25-2010, 14:05
win 231 for light loads,WSF for mid range and Power pistol for the high end.

CWPINST
04-25-2010, 14:38
I have had my best luck with Unique. Although it is dirty in the .45, and .38 Spl. it is quite clean in the .40 as well as the 9mm. It is not a "peaky" powder in regards to pressure as many (stay away from Clays at all costs). My ES tends to be very low with Unique, yet it is capable of significant velocity. I usually get some of my best groups with this powder. It is all that I load in the .40. 5.7gr. Unique and a 180gr. Gold Dot will give you factory equiv. velocity at around 950 fps out of a G23. This is also well under the max load. I tried WSF, but did not like it as much.......although it did pretty well.
As usual, start a little below this and work up.

fredj338
04-25-2010, 14:39
Titegroup works well across the spectrum with .40, you can even make major with it. (Although that isn't my first choice of powders to do that.)

For hotter loads, Power Pistol.

I would NOT attempt major in the 40 w/ TG, asking for trouble w/ a bullet setback.:wow:

1canvas
04-25-2010, 15:42
all i am looking for is reliable target loads, no max or near max loads.

tjpet
04-25-2010, 15:52
all i am looking for is reliable target loads, no max or near max loads.


3.8grns. WST w/180grn. bullet - perfect for your needs.

EKUJustice
04-25-2010, 16:09
What gun are you loading for? I am using tightgroup now and am making major just fine without going to max load and have no worries about setback. Granted I am loading them long for the STI so even if it setback its still way over the minimum OAL

1canvas
04-25-2010, 20:23
What gun are you loading for? I am using tightgroup now and am making major just fine without going to max load and have no worries about setback. Granted I am loading them long for the STI so even if it setback its still way over the minimum OAL

i am loading for the 23 and 27.

DEADLYACCURATE
04-25-2010, 20:48
titegroup or 231

garyjandfamily
04-25-2010, 21:39
all i am looking for is reliable target loads, no max or near max loads.

I really like 4.6 gr of Unique behind a 180 gr lead semi-wadcutter, with CCI 500 small pistol primers. My 22 and 27 (with aftermarket barrels - natch) like this load, and my S&W M&P .40 really loves it!

Also - a little "light" reading for you:

Make Right With a ".40 Lite" - Handguns Magazine

http://www.handgunsmag.com/ammunition/40lite_091806/

robin303
04-25-2010, 22:12
It has taken me 8 range trips for what it is worth for my 23.

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fredj338
04-26-2010, 01:58
What gun are you loading for? I am using tightgroup now and am making major just fine without going to max load and have no worries about setback. Granted I am loading them long for the STI so even if it setback its still way over the minimum OAL
Loading for a 1911 is completely diff animal & you know that.:whistling:

sourdough44
04-26-2010, 03:18
I've been using Hodgdon Universal in the low 5's(grains) with a 165 grn plated bullet. I just bought another pound for $17.