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Reloading The .40 S&W



(WC= WadCutter, SWC= Semi-WadCutter, HP= Hollow Point, RN= Round Nose), (JHP= Jacketed Hollow Point and if GC indicated, means Gas Check at bottom of lead bullet)

Loads for .40 S&W special: ( .400 dia. bullet)(case length .850") Shorter version of the 10mm and they are NOT interchangable.
(Note: These are near maximum loads, you should use 10% less to start.)
(See note on Powders below or read all about various Powders.)
Due to different barrel lengths, type of bullet, seating depth, primer type and other factors, you may not get near the FPS charted. It is just a guide and the reason you should start under these charges and work up.

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135 grain JHP or JSP (Jacketed Hollow or Soft Point)
    Bullseye   7.6 gr.   1,350 FPS
    Unique     8.5 gr.   1,290
    Universal  7.5 gr.   1,324
    Clays      4.5 gr.   1,071
    No. 2      7.6 gr.   1,247
    No. 5      9.3 gr.   1,266
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150 grain JHP
    Bullseye   6.7 gr.   1,225 FPS
    Unique     8.0 gr.   1,245
    Universal  6.6 gr.   1,186
    Clays      4.0 gr.     937
    HP38       6.0 gr.   1,105
    No. 2      7.0 gr.   1,155
    No. 5      8.3 gr.   1,170
    WST        6.3 gr.   1,050
    WSF        7.7 gr.   1,200
    IMR 4227  10.0 gr.    ~ ~  (user Frank contributed)
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180 grain Lead (Redline Truncated Cone, Cast
    Bullseye   5.1 gr.     970 FPS
    AA No. 5   6.3 gr.   ----- (Load of Marshall Tresaugue)
                    (CCI 500 Small Pistol Primer)
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180 grain JHP
    Bullseye   5.5 gr.   1,015 FPS
    Unique     6.4 gr.   1,065
    Universal  5.8 gr.   1,046
    Clays      3.5 gr.     847
    HP38       5.0 gr.     950
    No. 2      5.6 gr.     967
    No. 5      6.6 gr.     965
    WST        5.0 gr.     900
    WSF        6.2 gr.   1,040
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200 grain FMJ (Full Metal Jacket)
(this bullet may not seat properly or function
properly in the case.  Use caution and care)
    Bullseye   4.6 gr.     945 FPS
    Unique     5.3 gr.     955
    2400       8.5 gr.     925
    Universal  4.7 gr.     903
    HP38       4.7 gr.     850
    HS6        6.9 gr.     902
    No. 2      4.7 gr.     815
    No. 5      5.5 gr.     828
    WST        4.5 gr.     810
    WSF        5.7 gr.     930
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200 grain LEAD RN
    WST        3.5 gr.     760
    WSF        5.0 gr.     920
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Discussion: Bullseye and Unique are from Alliant (also 2400). Universal and Clays are from Hodgdon and similar to Bullseye and Unique. Respectively are No.2 and No.5 from Accurate.

All these are pretty strong loads and all use a jacketed bullet. There are some loads for lead bullets, but I don't find many people interested in them. Since most of these loads are pretty hot, I don't recommend lead in any of them. I don't personally shoot a gun with the 40 S&W and all of the loads are right out of the manuals.

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Bullseye, Unique and 2400 are products of Alliant (formerly Hercules) Powders.
Clays, Universal, HP38, HS6 and H4895 are products of Hodgdon Powders.
IMR 3031 and IMR 4895 are products of IMR (formerly DuPont) Powder Company.
No. 2, No. 5, #2230, and #2460 are products of Accurate Arms Company
WMR, WSF, WST, WSL, 760, 748, 231 and 540 are products of Winchester, Components Div.

References: Accurate Arms Co. 1996 Reloading booklet - - Alliant Powder Co. Reloaders' Guide (1995) - - Hodgdon's Basic Reloaders Manual (1996) - - Speer Reloading Manual, #12 - - Winchester Reloading Components Manual, 14th edition - - Lyman Piston & Revolver Reloading Handbook, 2nd edition. - - VihtaVuori Oy Company, reloading booklet (1995) - - Numerous magazine articles on reloading special calibers and personal loads where noted.

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