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Old 03-28-2017, 05:31 PM
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I have a new SD40VE that I just took to the range today. Overall I like the "feel" and it's accuracy outta the box. The Slide Stop is another issue. Don't know why S&W would make something so thin and "flat" that your thumb can't get much of a purchase to release the slide. I am now looking for an after market replacement that may look like a GLOCK release.

Now my REAL problem... inspecting the spent brass after only two 12 round mags fired I noticed a half moon bulge on one side at the base of ALL fired cases. I marked a round with a pencil and fired a test shot. The "bulge" was on the bottom. I then disassembled down to the barrel and inspected with a small flashlight. It appears that just in front of the "Feed Ramp" the Chamber is slightly "dished" out so there is no contact with the brass casing. At detonation the brass expanse forming the slight bulge. It extracts fine but the brass is now useless for reloading. The brass is SPEER in a 180gr load. I have a report into S&W but that is like 5 days away from a response.... Anyone else experience this prob????
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Old 03-28-2017, 05:58 PM
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The bulging brass is common and quite normal. The chambers are not fully supported (also common) so bass will bulge some.

You're the first that I recall complaining about the slide release. Most Glock guys go for something aftermarket that is more similar to what comes on the SD series. If anything more complain that it release is too large and they accidently trip it with their thumb...
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Galloway makes a slightly wider takedown plate for the SD. Wide Body Take Down Plate for SD VE

I don't see take-down plates (aka slide lock levers) for the SD-series on the NDZ Performance internet site, but they seem to have black and stainless versions for sale on EBay S&W SD9 VE 9mm Extended Slide Takedown Lever Stainless | eBay and S&W SD40 VE 40cal Extended Slide Takedown Lever Black

Bulged brass from unsupported .40 S&W chambers is somewhat normal -- often mentioned in conjunction with Glocks in that caliber, too. It is a high pressure round. But I see modest bulges in both .38 and 9mm brass fired from a variety of guns, too, which generally returns to normal when re-formed by the sizing/de-capping die in the reloading process. I always watch for split brass (a sign of metal fatigue) and bulged primers (as sign of overpressure) when reloading. Anything dubious gets thrown away.
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All of my .40s have the bulge. You're fine, just watch the reloads.

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I don't see take-down plates (aka slide lock levers) for the SD-series on the NDZ Performance-
I got one from NDZ for my SD9VE. It's less than 1 mm longer than stock but works just fine.
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Mosey on over to youtube, search "glock bulged brass" to safely resize the entire case.
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There are BOOKOO (Cajun, for A LOT!) Glock parts that are MUCH cheaper in price than S&W parts, that fit perfect on the SDVE/SWVE/SD series of guns. I have been installing cheaper priced Glock parts on my SD/SW hand guns for well over 12 years now.
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For a Glock 19 only $8.99 vs $15.00 for a SD9VE

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There is a bulged case wall and then there is a crease left in a case wall. A bulge will size just fine. A case with a crease (often called a Glock Smile) shouldn't be reused as it creates a weak point. Bulged cases are normal and fine.
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