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Loads for 200g lswc .45?

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  1. Apr 30, 2020 #1
    MCFLYFYTER

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    I have shot 500 rounds with hp-38 at listed max load of 5.6 grains. The XDm slide rarely locks back. Should I just add more until it functions, or try a different powder. I read about target loads of 5 to 5.2 grains, and that isn't enough to stovepipe this thing. I am almost out of powder and have 2000 bullets on order. Any suggestions from XDm shooters
     
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    If 5.6 of HP-38 doesn’t lock the slide back, you may have a gun or magazine problem, rather than a load problem.

    I shoot the 200gr LSWC in all of my .45’s, and they will generally cycle the starting load (I say generally because one gun doesn’t like LSWC unless I raise the velocity slightly above starting loads).

    Does this happen with all of your magazines? Have you tried the load in another .45?
     
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    I shoot 4.2/Bullseye with that bullet, and it functions fine, even though it’s a fairly light load. Maybe there’s something else going on.
     
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    It's more than likely the gun, not the cartridge.
    That said, do you have a good powder scale? An inexpensive electronic scale is not to be trusted.
     
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    MCFLYFYTER

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    I'm using a dillion eleminator beam scale, but I haven't checked it in a while. The outside of the cases are kinda dirty and dont seem to be sealing well. Guns got 1k recent rounds through it, but it's very unlikely it's over 2k total.

    More than anything I was just curious if these guns typically work with light loads or not
     
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    Beam scales are good, just check the calibration occasionally.
     
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    I loaded 4 to 4.6 grains of red dot under 200gr lswc's and the slide still didn't lock. Just tweaked the slide lock spring for a little less tension and hope that will fix it. There is no way 4.6 grains isn't enough to cycle the slide.
     
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    Like you all said, it was a gun problem.
     

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