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Hey guys just wondering who reloads for a handgun, particular for .40 S&W?  I reload for .25-06 and .204 right now, but just recently got a handgun.  Just would like to know if their are any differences in reloading for rifle and handgun.  Any tricks, safety issues to watch out for, or just some general information would be great.  I'm never let down by the advice I get here so thanks in advance.
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Read the section on loading pistol cartridges in your loading manual and you shouldn't have much trouble.  I will be glad to offer any assistance that I can if you have any issues or specific questions.
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 I don't load for the .40.  What I can tell you is that the round is very sensative to seating depth because of the pressure levels it produces. I'd stay in the medium burn powerders.  Look at VihtaVuori and Acurate Arms sites for some better options.    
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The only pistol round I load for is my 44 rem mag.  These straight walled cases require a separate die for flaring out the mouth of the case before seating a bullet.
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Well for most pistol rounds you have 3 dies instead of 2. Ok I'm just being a smart @$$. I just started loading for the 40 S&W, but I have been loading other pistol calibers for a long time. I'm loading 165gr fmj for practice. I'm using Unique powder (can't remeber the charge weight, it's in my notes at home) and CCI small pistol primers. I like to pick powders for pistols that fill the case when the bullit is seated to reduce the airspace in the case, also if I double charge the case the powder will spill out so I know I screwed up.
That extra die is for belling the case mouth to accept the bullit without shaving the side of the bullit when seating it. Bell the case mouth only enough so the base of the bullit fits in the case mouth.
Hope this helps.
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+1 for Silver's comment on seating depth.
+1 for BeltFed's Unique recommendation.
 
Glock .40's (and apparently some other .40's) have an "unsupported chamber".  Several reloading manuals point this out, and print extra cautions or caveats about reloading for such pistols.  Also, some lead bullet reloads may cause lead accumulation in Glock barrels and cause a "KaBoom".  (Gun Tests ran an article on this in 1994). 
 
If you are shooting an extra small compact .40, you may also have a little less margin for error.
 
I reload for everything BUT my Glock and ultracompact .40's.


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I looked in the Hornady book last night and that book show the round liked Power Pistol ( Hurco improved, for us old farts) and Blue dot.   True Blue maybe an interesting powder.
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try to use four dies, the 3 mentioned and a taper crimp die, this will give you more uniform neck tension, and act as a swaging die if your loading cast bullets,. most blown glock barrels are from people loading too hot and not the lead bullets. Universal and HS6 are two outstanding choices both burn cleaner than unique, not sure blue dot will give you enough loading density.
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My die set has a die that seats and crimps.  You can set the die up to seat and crimp in the same operation.  I prefer to seat and then crimp.  I have a spacer that is part of a Redding kit.  You first set the die up to crimp. Then take the die out of the press, place the spacer between the die and the press, and reinstall the die.  This will allow you to seat or crimp without having to adjust the die in the press - other than the seating stem.  I would buy an additional crimping die if I were to go to a progressive press.

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just make sure its a taper crimp and not a roll crimping die. most taper crimp dies do not have a seater in them because it would push the bullet into the case at the same time its squeezing it.

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Thanks for all the replies everyone.  I have a Taurus 24/7, I'm pretty sure that when I took the barrel out and slid a bullet case in the round looked supported all the way around.  One wouldn't think that loading for a pistol could be so complicated but the pressures I've heard and read about in the .40 had me a little nervous.  I plan on looking through my Nosler and Hornady books some more so I have a better idea on how to go about things.  I'm not going to be loading any hot rounds, probably just stay middle of the road to be safe.  Thanks for all the input.
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It's easier to "double charge" a pistol round compared to a riffle.
Single stage presses suck for reloading lots of pistola rounds.
Turret presses will spoil you.
 
EnjoyBucky
 
 
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Automatics are a pain to load for cause they throw the brass.
You will like that you can use carbide dies so no case lube needed with them.


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Originally posted by Longhunter Longhunter wrote:

+1 for Silver's comment on seating depth.
+1 for BeltFed's Unique recommendation.
 
Glock .40's (and apparently some other .40's) have an "unsupported chamber".  Several reloading manuals point this out, and print extra cautions or caveats about reloading for such pistols.  Also, some lead bullet reloads may cause lead accumulation in Glock barrels and cause a "KaBoom".  (Gun Tests ran an article on this in 1994). 
 
If you are shooting an extra small compact .40, you may also have a little less margin for error.
 
I reload for everything BUT my Glock and ultracompact .40's.
If I can ever find some small pistol primers I plan to load .40 S&W - I've got everything but. I have a Springfield XD 3" sub-compact, how do I know if it has an "unsupported chamber"? What do I look for? Thanks.
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spend the extra 10 bucks and buy the carbide dies saves you a bunch of time and money!!!! no lube no mess
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I use a Dillon Square Deal 'B' with cast bullets (cheap practice) and Hodgdon HP-38 for both my .40 S&W and my .45acp.  I load the .40 at 4.1 grains with the 175gr lead bullets and it makes for a great range load and not much muzzle flip.
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Originally posted by tpcollins tpcollins wrote:

Originally posted by Longhunter Longhunter wrote:

+1 for Silver's comment on seating depth.
+1 for BeltFed's Unique recommendation.
 
Glock .40's (and apparently some other .40's) have an "unsupported chamber".  Several reloading manuals point this out, and print extra cautions or caveats about reloading for such pistols.  Also, some lead bullet reloads may cause lead accumulation in Glock barrels and cause a "KaBoom".  (Gun Tests ran an article on this in 1994). 
 
If you are shooting an extra small compact .40, you may also have a little less margin for error.
 
I reload for everything BUT my Glock and ultracompact .40's.
If I can ever find some small pistol primers I plan to load .40 S&W - I've got everything but. I have a Springfield XD 3" sub-compact, how do I know if it has an "unsupported chamber"? What do I look for? Thanks.
 
I'm got a little over 500 rounds through my XD40 with cast bullets without so much as a hiccup.
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