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I am experienced reloader but have not reloaded the .40SW in many years. I have ordered a new Dillon RL550B and figured I would concentrate on the .40SW for my SA XD40 and the .45ACP for my Glock 36 wtih Jarvis after-market FULLY SUPPORTED barrel. My question is what are the more popular powders for the .40SW? I am going to a gun show tomorrow and thought I'd pick up a can. I currently use WW231 almost exclusively for the .45ACP but I realize it may not be the best choice for the .40SW.

Second question is what is the bullet weight of choice. For practice, I have been very happy with the Ranier 230 grain copper jacketed bullet. Cheap from Cabbelas, Midway, etc. Is 170 grain the weight of choice for the .40SW?

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165gr and 180gr seem to be the most popular retail load in terms of gross sales. I really can't tell the difference betwen 165gr and 180gr in terms of weight or reliability, so I usually stick with 180gr.

I'm thinking about getting into reloading myself, so let me know how you like your new Dillon. How `automated' is this rig? I've seen a few reloading presses that do everything but make your morning coffee (which I've been told is an optional add-on).

-James
 

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I like Titegroup and Bullseye have also used 700X and Unique with Berry's plated bullets 180 and 165 gr.
 

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The guys over at Glock Talk also recommend WST powder highly (as well at Titegroup) with the 165 grain bullet. Hope I can find one or the other at the show tomorrow.
 

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I use Tite-group, VV320 and even Clays.

Minor loads 2.5-3.0 gr. Clays , 180 gr Billy Moly RN bullet OAL 1.125"

Major 4.5-4.7 gr Tite goup, Zero JHP

VV320 4.5-4.7 Zero JHP
 

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I use Universal Clays, it is a good all around powder for most handgun calibers.

My bullet of choice is a 160 grain LRN, because I can get them locally and cheaply.

When I load FMJ I usually use the Rainier plated 135 grain. I don't like using a heavier bullet than 165 gr because you have a greater safety margin in case of bullet setback.
 

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Meta4 said:
I'm thinking about getting into reloading myself, so let me know how you like your new Dillon. How `automated' is this rig? I've seen a few reloading presses that do everything but make your morning coffee (which I've been told is an optional add-on).

-James
Hey James just loaded and fired my first 10 "hand loads" Can't remember excactly where you are. I am right off I-96 about half way between Grand rapids and Lansing
I just purchased a Dillon square deal if you would like to see it or try it out PM me.
It is pretty automated set a empty on one and bullet on the other side pull handle once its adjusted and loaded with primers and powder.seems pretty simple 8)
 

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Like you ive reloaded forever but not so much for pistols
my ex wife bought me a dillion 550B a few yrs back when we were togeather and i have only used it once on my 22-250,, i wasnt to wild about using a progressive for that rifle but i did 130 rounds in an hour and that was making mistakes and learning the loader ...

im waiting on my 40 dies and shell holder ect ect to show up any day so i can start getting dialed in for the 40 im going to load speer 165 jhp over some bullseye cause ive got about 3 lbs of that i used to use lots of unique when i loaded for my 357 yrs and yrs ago but i know now they have much better new and improved lemon secented powder types out now days i hear lots of good stuff about the tight group and clays but id like to use up what i have before buying different powders,,

i'd like to hear more oponions and tips for loading for the 40 as well as using the dillion as id like to get back to shooting more than ive ever done before..
 

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indianbullet said:
my ex wife bought me a dillion 550B a few yrs back when we were togeather
I may have an ex wife if she finds out I bought mine.lol :lol:
per speer manual 5.3 grains bullseye 949 mzl. vel. lite law enforcemet load up to 1022/5.8 overall length 1.120 with gold dot 165 :D
 

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well so far so good i got my dies shell plate ect ect ect last night and got set up and threw loads on the 550b after lots of tinkering i did 25 rounds of 5.5 gr of bulleseye over 165 gr speer jhp and they went bang just fine took the crono out and tested em against the federal and rmc it seemed to be fairly consistant .. i was concerned with my orl as it grew on me a little while i was loading.. but every thing digested just fine crimp was another concern but just takes patence and lots of mic'ing to get the right size over all im pleased with it need to go knock out a few 100 now ..
 

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well now i need more bullet's. lol.. loaded up all i had of the gold dots and dont have any more to load ..
Sighhhh guess i'll have to go shoot now
whats a man to do????
 

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My first post. Finally got an XD Tactical about a month ago. I like VV3N37 and have put 100 rounds of 155 gr. XTP's thru the Tac with it. Shot very well. On the slow side, I tried AA #9 accuracy wasn't as good, but velocity with 165 gr. Golden Sabers was impressive as well as the lack of flash. Loaded these on a kind of had to basis. I will try HS-6, Blue Dot and 3N37 with Oregon Trail 170 gr. SWC's that are on the way and probably the #9, just for kicks. A powder that is very high on my "need to get some" list, is Ramshot True Blue :!:
 
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