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eab7-a
06-02-2014, 19:26
Can anyone tell me a good powder to use reloading 40 s&w. I will be using 165gr bullets. thanks for any info.

JDL47
06-02-2014, 20:26
I loaded 200 this A.M. with 6 grains of Unique for use in my G27 and G35. I've ran probably 800 through them without a single problem.

Steel Head
06-02-2014, 20:28
WSF is a good choice.

ChrisJn
06-02-2014, 20:39
7.3gr Accurate #5 with Berrys 155gr plated. Adjust accordingly.

rg1
06-02-2014, 20:49
Winchester Super Field WSF, followed by Unique, then Power Pistol in my tests of 165 gr. jacketed bullets in 40 SW. For some reason WSF seems to be slightly softer shooting at the same velocities of other powders.

WeeWilly
06-02-2014, 20:59
I think the answer depends on what you want to achieve.

If you want softer shooting target style rounds, there will be a handful that fits best. If you want more premium factory style loads, some others will fit better (like some already mentioned).

Unfortunately these days, the "best" powder is the one you can find to buy, being happy that it safely goes bang.

SJ 40
06-02-2014, 21:49
I think the answer depends on what you want to achieve.

If you want softer shooting target style rounds, there will be a handful that fits best. If you want more premium factory style loads, some others will fit better (like some already mentioned).

Unfortunately these days, the "best" powder is the one you can find to buy, being happy that it safely goes bang.This.
If you are looking to really push those 165 gr.'s WSF.Power Pistol and Longshot,assuming you can locate any of them these days. SJ 40

sourdough44
06-03-2014, 02:31
I'd look for a 'medium' speed powder with a 165 grn bullet in the 40. I use H Universal, plenty of others will do.

PCJim
06-03-2014, 06:42
I use WST under 155gr LSWCs in my P229. Your bullet is slightly heavier which should provide slightly less felt recoil if loaded properly.

I don't notice the recoil when shooting competition as my mind is concentrating on everything else. Keep in mind the Sig is a metal frame firearm which helps greatly to reduce recoil.

Murphy's Law
06-03-2014, 08:43
I really like Titegroup myself but many others will do just fine (e.g. Unique, Universal, WST, WSF, Power Pistol, etc). Have fun experimenting, only real problem is finding the powder to load with as you know.

eab7-a
06-03-2014, 20:12
Thanks. At least now I have a starting point.

Taterhead
06-03-2014, 22:08
WSF for everyday range fodder. A7 or Longshot for going faster.

pasky2112
06-04-2014, 10:13
I use WST under 155gr LSWCs in my P229. Your bullet is slightly heavier which should provide slightly less felt recoil if loaded properly.


Agreed. It's often overlooked as well. In the beginning, I started loading .40SW on a D550b with WST using 180g MG CMJ. I chose it simply because of load data availability, my application for loads (target and fundy's practice) and my LGS recommendation. I don't regret it. It's very economical for producing accurate burns out of my G22, at the time. It meters as good as any, although I found it a bit 'staticky' even in older hoppers but no prob. Is it my goto?...no. Would I buy it today if needed, absolutely. I pick up a 1# here/there when it makes sense. It's also great for mild and accurate "intro loads" for those just trying/starting out with pistol/caliber combo.
Pros and Cons in sticky threads.

SWThomas
06-07-2014, 09:48
I use Ramshot Silhouette with 165g bullets and like it just fine.

droptrd
06-10-2014, 07:52
My favs are Power Pistol and #5. I get great results with Zip too

Bluescot
06-17-2014, 23:21
Power Pistol rules the upper velocities in the .40.

smokey45
06-18-2014, 07:36
I suggest going to all the Powder Mfg's on line load data sites and making a list of powders that will work in your caliber and bullet weights. That way when you find powder online or in your LGS, you'll know right away if you can us it. Now days, we often have to use a powder that may not be our first choice, but will still get the job done.
s45

AWMP
06-18-2014, 07:39
I have a reloading setup that wife gave me for my birthday and have not got it going yet.
I carry 180grn for duty load, curious why it seems most load lighter bullets in the .40 SW?

Jon_R
06-18-2014, 07:41
I like Win 231 / HP 38. Mostly because I can load so many different pistol calibers with it and it meters will in my 550.

JDL47
06-18-2014, 10:55
I have a reloading setup that wife gave me for my birthday and have not got it going yet.
I carry 180grn for duty load, curious why it seems most load lighter bullets in the .40 SW?

I'm also issued 180 for duty but, I reload the lighter bullets because they're less expensive to buy and I reload because it's cheaper. I like to shoot much more than my 50 rounds monthly allotment.

elkhart
06-18-2014, 11:32
I've used Blue Dot for target loads, but I've read it can produce a pressure spike when loaded on the upper end of "safe" charges. I've run BD in 357 with heavier loads and never had a problem. YMMV

smokey45
06-18-2014, 13:12
I load the 155s for the same reason. Cheaper! Adds up quick when you're buying bullets by the case.
s45

Glolt20-91
06-20-2014, 22:06
The fastest velocity (SAAMI spec) 165gr JHPs I've chronographed were with 3N38 and Federal primers.

M24C
06-23-2014, 06:46
Depends on the reason for the load. If for full power loads, Power Pistol and Long Shot will give that easy, Note flash will be high. Another full power with low flash is AA#7. For medium loads WSF, SR4756 will work fine, low flash. For target loads, WST, HP38, W231, SR7625, relatively low flash. Good luck in your search, powder is a bit hard to come by for pistols at this time.

FrankB1948
06-24-2014, 18:10
I have been using Bullseye, just because it is available. Lymans 49th has plenty of Bullseye loads for the 40 S&W

Yellowfin
06-25-2014, 01:01
Titegroup and PB drive 180's for me quite well.

DWARREN123
06-25-2014, 03:09
I have found Longshot to give me some good higher power loads. Used only longshot for 40 cal reloading after trying a few powders.

smokey45
06-25-2014, 03:45
Likely not anyone's first choices, but I have had good success loading Promo and Clays in .40. I've been fortunate to obtain a good quantity of both.
s45

Rinconjoe
06-25-2014, 18:51
Winchester Super Field WSF, followed by Unique, then Power Pistol in my tests of 165 gr. jacketed bullets in 40 SW. For some reason WSF seems to be slightly softer shooting at the same velocities of other powders.
I use wsf have no problems with it

PrecisionRifleman
06-26-2014, 21:53
I've been having really good results with Longshot and 165gr Montana Gold JHP. Longshot is a good across the board (works well in many bullet weights) powder for 40, but I do also like Blue dot with the 155 xtp. Let us know what works well for you.

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