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reloading .40 cal. S&W

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by trapperwads, Jan 16, 2010.

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  1. trapperwads

    trapperwads Well-Known Member

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    Anyone have any experience loading hard cast lead 180 grain bullets in a >40 cal S&W? Diameter is .401. Same powder and primer as in 180 grain JHP? thanks ed nichols
     
  2. ccw1911

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    http://www.k8nd.com/documents/hl40sw.pdf
     
  3. Leo

    Leo Well-Known Member

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    Cast bullets are a whole different animal from jacketed, especially in higher velocity cartriges, like 9mm, .40 or any of the magnums. You have to start really low and work up. The pressure responds differently with lead bullets. I saw a .40 Glock bulge a barrel shooting lead bullets that worked fine in a Beretta. When I shot big bore silohuette, (.44 Mag)I got some pretty good velocities out of copper washed cast bullets from National Bullet Company, but I heard they went out of business when lead doubled in price. I also shot some teflon coated cast bullets with good results. Be carefull.
     
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