.40, Longshot, and 135 grain Nosler JHP
Well, I got some of the 135 grain Nosler JHPs to play with in my G22. The Hodgdon data says 1,434 fps at a max load from a 4" barrel. I got some new Double Tap brass to use as I neared the max load, and used once-fired RP brass for everything else. My starting load velocities were about right considering the 1/2" longer barrel. The max load is 11.5 grains. I was averaging about 1,425 fps at 10.3 grains. The brass and primer looked great. I kept working my way up, 3/10 of a grain, and stopped at 10.9 grains. I fired 2 of that load. One was 1,494 fps, and the other 1,493. The recoil was pretty stout, and all of these loads were very loud. The brass and primers looked good from the starting load up to the 10.9 load. I pulled a couple of my 10.9 loads and weighed the charge on a different, digital scale. It still said 10.9 grains, so my Lee scale was accurate. I had anticipated a slightly higher velocity due to the longer barrel from the G22 vs their 4" test barrel. However, my results seem a little off. I decided to discontinue testing that load for fear of damaging the gun. I'm pretty sure the pressure was fine, but was concerned about the slide velocity. Has anyone else tested this load? Any input would be appreciated. It was 47 degrees outside at around 500' elevation, for those who want to get technical. All bullets were seated to 1.129", just slightly longer than the Hodgdon test load of 1.125."
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