RepackboxWidenersMidSouth Shooters SupplyADvertise here
Lee PrecisionTitan ReloadingInline FabricationRotoMetals2

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 20 of 25

Thread: Bullet Recommendations for 40 S&W

  1. #1
    Boolit Buddy

    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Callicoon, NY
    Posts
    467

    Bullet Recommendations for 40 S&W

    Looking for a good bullet mold that will shoot well in a .40 S&W Springfield XDM. My son got one and now we're going to cast for it. So any advise on bullets & loads gladly accepted.

  2. #2
    Boolit Master


    Walks's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2016
    Location
    SoCal
    Posts
    1,976
    The Lee #401-175-TC over stout charges of Unique & HS-6. Shot both conventional sized/lubed and PC.
    I HATE auto-correct


    Happiness is a Warm GUN & more ammo to shoot in it.

    My Experience and My Opinion, are just that, Mine.

  3. #3
    Boolit Master Ed_Shot's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Location
    North Texas
    Posts
    911
    Lyman 401043, 401638, or 401654 PC'd over Promo/Red Dot 4.1 gr. are all winners for me. They chrony @ 975~1000 fps.

  4. #4
    Moderator Emeritus


    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Location
    SW Montana
    Posts
    10,746
    I don't think you can beat the Lee 175 traditional lube.
    [The Montana Gianni] Front sight and squeeze

  5. #5
    Boolit Master
    Join Date
    Sep 2017
    Posts
    896
    I really like this one:
    https://noebulletmolds.com/site/prod...02-188-wfn-bv1

    I cast them as cup points and they come out right around 180 grain and look like this:
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	200_40_SW.jpg 
Views:	67 
Size:	96.4 KB 
ID:	258936
    WWG1WGA

  6. #6
    Boolit Buddy chutesnreloads's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    Central Texas
    Posts
    267
    Another vote for the Lee 175 TC.Mine is happy over BlueDot

  7. #7
    Boolit Master
    Join Date
    Mar 2016
    Location
    Boise, Idaho
    Posts
    794
    If you like Lee molds, the 401-175-TC is a great bullet. As is the 401638, but I would look for an old used one rather than buying a new Lyman. I had Veral Smith cut a 401-175-TC 4 cav, and it is excellent in both 10mm and 40 SW.

    Previously had an NOE 403-180-RF 5 cav. Excellent mold, but cast too fat for my PC needs.
    "There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something."
    ~Thorin Oakenshield

  8. #8
    Boolit Man
    Join Date
    Apr 2017
    Location
    Ventura Co.
    Posts
    93
    Quote Originally Posted by Alstep View Post
    Looking for a good bullet mold that will shoot well in a .40 S&W Springfield XDM. My son got one and now we're going to cast for it. So any advise on bullets & loads gladly accepted.
    If you want to try the Lee 175 TL mold I have a 6 cavity that I was about to put in the PIF thread. It has some gouges on the top under the plate and throws a bullet or two with a bit of finning on the base...but if you dont mind trimming that you can it for price of shipping.

  9. #9
    Boolit Master



    JeffG's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2013
    Location
    Liberty NC
    Posts
    625
    I started with the Lee TC mold and have gone to the NOE 402-170-TC-AN4. Pleased with it.

  10. #10
    Boolit Master
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Posts
    1,122
    Quote Originally Posted by JeffG View Post
    I started with the Lee TC mold and have gone to the NOE 402-170-TC-AN4. Pleased with it.
    Went the same route. I shoot it over Longshot powder in 40 & 10mm

  11. #11
    Boolit Master rsrocket1's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Location
    Sacramento, CA
    Posts
    1,118
    I love the Lee 401-175-TC six cavity mold. It's a perfect balance between my TL452-230-TC which heats up quickly but needs cooling between pours and my 356-120-TC which needs a good preheat on my hot plate to get the mold up to temp, otherwise it needs about 10 pours to stop dropping wrinkled bullets. Powder coating them and sizing them with the 401 push through sizer makes great bullets. I have cast, loaded and shot about 70k through my M&P 40 and it's my favorite gun/round.






  12. #12
    Boolit Master



    JeffG's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2013
    Location
    Liberty NC
    Posts
    625
    Quote Originally Posted by marlin39a View Post
    Went the same route. I shoot it over Longshot powder in 40 & 10mm
    Nice.

  13. #13
    Boolit Master




    bruce drake's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Location
    Brownsburg, Indiana
    Posts
    4,138
    Lee offers two great molds. Their 175gr TC is great for full power loads and their 145gr SWC is a great mold for plinking and ranges and if you load it hot enough it will do pretty good as a self-defense or farm-pest/looter bullet also...
    I Cast my Boolits, Therefore I am Happy.
    Bona Fide member of the Jeff Brown Hunt Club

  14. #14
    Boolit Mold BC17A's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2018
    Location
    Northern Arizona
    Posts
    24
    Another vote for the Lee 401-175-TC. My favorite load is 6.9gr Power Pistol.

  15. #15
    Boolit Buddy

    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Callicoon, NY
    Posts
    467
    Thanks everyone for your input. Looks like I can't go wrong with the Lee, so will be placing an order for one, and we'll go from there.

  16. #16
    Boolit Master murf205's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Location
    Dead center of Alabama
    Posts
    1,010
    Attachment 259086 Another vote for the 175 gr Lee. I haven't loaded it in a 40 but I have in my sons 10 mm Colt Delta Elite and it shoots them better than anything. The powder coat helps feeding in semi auto pistols IMHO.
    IT AINT what ya shoot--its how ya shoot it. NONE of us are as smart as ALL of us!

  17. #17
    Boolit Buddy

    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Callicoon, NY
    Posts
    467
    By the way, how hard do you guys cast them? What's your alloy mix & BHN?

  18. #18
    Boolit Master



    JeffG's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2013
    Location
    Liberty NC
    Posts
    625
    Quote Originally Posted by Alstep View Post
    By the way, how hard do you guys cast them? What's your alloy mix & BHN?
    Who knows on BHN, but i cast mine from 50/50 pb and coww and add 2-3% tin.

  19. #19
    Boolit Master murf205's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Location
    Dead center of Alabama
    Posts
    1,010
    I use range lead that is from muzzle loading matches so it is pretty soft. I use 2% tin. Powder coating lets you get by with a softer boolit, in my experience, and also "slicks" up the boolit so is squirts up the feed ramps of auto loading pistols easier.
    IT AINT what ya shoot--its how ya shoot it. NONE of us are as smart as ALL of us!

  20. #20
    Boolit Master



    cwlongshot's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Location
    Central Connecticut
    Posts
    2,053
    I shoot mostly the Lyman 401638 in competition. My Glocks ain’t fussy and a number of other molds are perfectly fine. But my PCC IS a lil finicky. And this one seems to be least finicky.

    When I first started losing for it I was running the LEE 145 and it was goose grease!! But now it’s short OAL causes issues.

    The afore Mentioned LEE 170 TC works real well and shoots very accurately. But occasionally hangs up on it’s longer nose.

    The 638’s RFN and small me play seems to feed like a RN. BHN is meaningless with PC. I shoot them from about a 7/8 up to a 15 BHN with complete I terchangability confidence. It simply makes no difference for me. Thousands upon thousands of rounds thru factory and after market
    Glock barrels and ZERO bullet fouling. Velocities from say 8-1200 FPS.

    CW


    CW
    NRA Life member REMEMBER, FREEDOM IS NOT FREE its being paid for in BLOOD.

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
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