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biogenic
07-21-2012, 11:58 AM
getting ready to reload some .40 for the first time mainly for plinking. What's a good bullet weight and powder to start with? Got 231/bullseye/titegroup/unique/clays... Any problems using bear creeks or bayou bullets with my g23 or should i get some berrys ?

Turo
07-21-2012, 12:05 PM
I prefer 180gr bullets, but I started with Hodgdon Longshot powder because I knew I was eventually going to include 10mm. I really like the powder though, because it gets better velocities for the tradeoff in pressure than most others. It really depends on the reason you are loading though. If you just want something cheap that will cycle the gun, clays will work fine, along with everything else you mentioned. But, if you are going for an increase in power like I was, Longshot is the way to go.

I like using FMJ for Glock reloading, even though it's not totally needed. I can get 1000 FMJ from Precision Delta for $120, or 1000 FMJ from Zero for just about the same price. I decided to go with them over plated mainly because the plated bullets weren't very much cheaper like they were supposed to be.

biogenic
07-21-2012, 12:13 PM
I prefer 180gr bullets, but I started with Hodgdon Longshot powder because I knew I was eventually going to include 10mm. I really like the powder though, because it gets better velocities for the tradeoff in pressure than most others. It really depends on the reason you are loading though. If you just want something cheap that will cycle the gun, clays will work fine, along with everything else you mentioned. But, if you are going for an increase in power like I was, Longshot is the way to go.

I like using FMJ for Glock reloading, even though it's not totally needed. I can get 1000 FMJ from Precision Delta for $120, or 1000 FMJ from Zero for just about the same price. I decided to go with them over plated mainly because the plated bullets weren't very much cheaper like they were supposed to be.

10mm is next on my list so thanks for the tip on the longshot. i can get bayou or bear creeks for about $80 per K...

latesvak
07-21-2012, 12:34 PM
For my glock 22 I do I believe 175 gr cast over 4gn of bullseye


Latesvak

Turo
07-21-2012, 12:47 PM
10mm is next on my list so thanks for the tip on the longshot. i can get bayou or bear creeks for about $80 per K...

Ah, then plated would be the way to go for you. Yeah, I can load down to 700fps powder puff loads, all the way up to 1100fps hard hitters with longshot in 40, and being able to use it in 10mm has been awesome: 1375fps 155gr bullets is pretty impressive, and my 180gr have gotten up to 1260 without any pressure signs. I had the option to switch powders a while back, but I just couldn't give up the power I got from LS.

biogenic
07-21-2012, 12:57 PM
For my glock 22 I do I believe 175 gr cast over 4gn of bullseye


Latesvak

works good on the 22 ? did yo get a chance yo chrono that ? some said lead is a no no on glocks, others have said it's just fine...

Bill Steele
07-21-2012, 2:09 PM
The Bear Creeks should work fine in your Glock. I shoot regular lead (not even moly coated) with good results. I always prefer heavier bullets, so I shoot 180gr out of both my .40 loads and 10mm loads, but really any .400 (.401 for lead) weight should work fine.

For lighter target work any of the faster powders will work fine. The W231 and Unique will work better for a little more velocity. WSF is a good 40cal powder. As Turo said, Longshot is a terrific powder for both 40S&W and 10mm, but when you start pushing 10's as hard as Longshot will do, either jacketed or gas checked bullets are a good idea.

latesvak
07-21-2012, 6:04 PM
Not done a chrono on it yet but it shoots great and not really much leading . Water quenched and 45-45-10 lubed. Sized to .401



Latesvak

CalTeacher
07-21-2012, 6:25 PM
5.4gr of unique with 180gr lead swc shoots great out of my g23

mjmagee67
07-21-2012, 7:58 PM
5.4gr of unique with 180gr lead swc shoots great out of my g23

I have used 5.3gr or Unique under a 180gr lead boollit and it shot wonderfully out of my Sig. I quit loading it because Unique metered like pooh!

lpspinner
07-21-2012, 8:24 PM
When I was using moly's, I loaded a 180gr Bear Creek bullet over 4.2gr of Titegroup. This was for the G22.

CalTeacher
07-21-2012, 9:02 PM
I have used 5.3gr or Unique under a 180gr lead boollit and it shot wonderfully out of my Sig. I quit loading it because Unique metered like pooh!

That is a common complaint abou Unique, though oddly enough it's always thrown very consistent charges from my lee pro auto disks

bandook
07-22-2012, 3:46 PM
works good on the 22 ? did yo get a chance yo chrono that ? some said lead is a no no on glocks, others have said it's just fine...

Moly/poly are fine in Glocks. Keep velocities to under 1100fps or so and you should be fine.

biogenic
07-22-2012, 8:50 PM
Anyone have a favorite in the 180gr ? swc or fp ? i see calteacher likes the swc...