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Old 09-08-2021, 07:57 PM
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I plan on loading 180Gr FP red coated lead bullets from SNS with 4 gr 231, through S&W 40 Shield. Any one had experience with this load?
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Old 09-08-2021, 08:35 PM
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hodgdon site says 4.5-5.1
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I load 4.5 grains under a 180 LSWC for 938 FPS, 5.0 grains gave 997 FPS (both loads chronographed). This was out of a Glock 23 4" barrel.
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I plan on loading 180Gr FP red coated lead bullets from SNS with 4 gr 231, through S&W 40 Shield. Any one had experience with this load?
Just curious why you didn't open up the reloading book and look up the load yourself or visit hodgdons site. I've never understood why people can't do this for themselves

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Exclamation Uh...

I guess I don't see why anyone would want to load 40 S&W below the manufacturer's minimum load...? Primers are, for the most part, the most elusive component to obtain, now-a-days.

With 7K grains per pound, that additional (I shudder to use the term "extra"!) 0.5gr means you'll only expect to get 1,500+ bullets per lb.

If the question is really "Can I safely download a lead 180gr 40 S&W to well under 800 fps?", my 1st tendency would be to ask "But, why?".

Looking for a reload that won't reliably work the action or a squib?

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