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.40 S&W anyone shoot it?

  1. Plinkster
    I have a Beretta PX-4 in .40 and wonder if anyone has experience with this caliber and or gun, already found out SWC don't feed well. Looking at BRP's 401640 design as seen here Looks to be a nice heavy boolit with lethal intent. Also looks to have a feed friendly profile. My pistol seems to bounce the SWC off the feed ramp straight up into the top of the chamber wall where they lodge in place. No disaster (yet) but no fun clearing jambs when I could be sending lead down range.
  2. keyhole
    The RCBS 170 gr SWC works well in my Beretta M96. Here is how it is described on Graf & Sons website. RCBS MOULD 10MM-170-SWC 2-CAVITY (.400).
    I chose this weight because 175 gr factory ammo shot to point of aim for elevation. Cast from wheelweights, actual weight is about 167 gr. Using a moderate charge of AA5 it is perfectly regulated for point of aim. They feed fine, in my gun at least. With factory ammo I would get 1 or 2 misfeeds with every box of 50. The RCBS cast runs flawlessly. I am very happy with this bullet and powder combination.
  3. Plinkster
    Thanks for the info! I got a Lee 6 banger in the 175gr TC design with a single lube groove. I figured if the factory TC fed fine (250 rds, no jambs) then a cast TC should. They drop with my alloy at 182.5 +/- I was able to shoot 50rds Saturday and they fed flawlessly. I am using Unique at the moment and it seems to do pretty well, I didn't fire any at paper but I would say I knocked down 40 6" plates at 15yds. For me that's a good start since I bought this gun for shooting either people that aren't supposed to be in my house or cougars while I'm bow hunting.
  4. keyhole
    Hello Plinkster. I'm glad that the Lee mold works well for you. I have that same design in a 2 cavity. Since the RCBS works well for my gun, I am not sure what I'll do with the Lee.
    Unique is a great powder for sure. It used to get a lot of criticism for not burning clean. It does not have that tendency anymore, at least for what I use it in, which is .38 Spec., .45 ACP, .41 and .44 Mag.
    About the only thing I have shot with the .40 is a couple of possums.
    Take care
  5. sargenv
    Not sure if you know about it, but there is a current group buy going for a 150 HP, 160 RN or 180 RN going in the main forum's group buy page. The 150 or 160 might be just the ticket for you. I'm interested since I shoot a revolver and am looking for a lighter RN..
  6. retread
    I also use the Lee 175TC. Load it over 4.8 gr of ETR-7. Nice load and no feed problems with the SR40. Have a 2 cavity but am going to order a 6 cavity when funds allow.
  7. justingrosche
    The Lee 175 gr. is one of the few Lee molds I've hung onto. Probably, due to its lube groove capacity. Those small little lube grooves on some of the Lee designs drive me nuts.
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Abbreviations used in Reloading

BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
C Compressed Charge PR Primer SPCL Soft Point "Core-Lokt"
HP Hollow Point PSPCL Pointed Soft Point "Core Lokt" C.O.L. Cartridge Overall Length
PSP Pointed Soft Point Spz Spitzer Point SBT Spitzer Boat Tail
LRN Lead Round Nose LWC Lead Wad Cutter LSWC Lead Semi Wad Cutter
GC Gas Check