.40 caliber reloading question for the experts

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    .40 caliber reloading question for the experts

    A friend is preparing to load his first batch of .40s, and cant find info on the proper powder charge for the 155 gr hornady bullets he has. I know they are hollowpoint, and he plans to use bullseye powder. I can get more info if needed, but what should I tell him for the charge?
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    i reload the 40 s&w, but i use aa#5 powder. he can do a net search to find a load. a cast lead load data will work and will be a little faster than the cast lead.
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    You'll find that many here do not like to make load recommendations, especially to someone they don't know, and more especially, online where it is viewable for all to see. This is for liability reasons. You can get powder charge recommendations from several sources simply by consulting the Great Google.

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    If he's the reloader, with all due respect the last thing he should be doing is asking a non-reloading friend for advice. Urge him to buy at least two reloading manuals! I recommend the Hornady and the Lyman.

    Here are a couple of web sites with a lot of good data you both can reference:

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    I wouldn't recommend Bullseye for the .40. There are far better powders with more data out there. WSF, HS6, Power Pistol, Unique, #5, Longshot all come to mind. I use WSF 98% of the time in .40 S&W. When I'm bored, I load Longshot and 135gr Noslers.
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    My shooting buddy uses Universal Clays to load 180 gr slugs for steel matches - FYI.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gasmitty View Post
    If he's the reloader, with all due respect the last thing he should be doing is asking a non-reloading friend for advice. Urge him to buy at least two reloading manuals! I recommend the Hornady and the Lyman.

    Here are a couple of web sites with a lot of good data you both can reference:

    http://data.hodgdon.com/main_menu.asp


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    Great advice, read, go slow, and do it right. I agree with Tubby45, especially for someone new to reloading, go with a slower burn rate powder. My favorites for the 40 are WSF and Power Pistol.
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    Bullseye is too fast burning for the 40. Universal Clays, Power Pistol, Unique and others are much better. Too easy to get too much Bullseye and have a kaboom.
    Last edited by keboostman; October 31st, 2012 at 05:05 PM. Reason: Spelling

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