Reloading Custom Loads for .40 S&W special

Loads for .40 S&W special: ( .400 dia. bullet) (Note: These are near maximum loads, you should use 10% less to start.) Due to different barrel lengths, type of bullet, seating depth, primer type and other factors, you may not get near the FPS charted. It is just a guide and the reason you should start under these charges and work up.




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135 grain JHP or JSP (Jacketed Hollow or Soft Point)
Bullseye 7.6 gr. 1,350 FPS
Unique 8.5 gr. 1,290
Universal 7.5 gr. 1,324
Clays 4.5 gr. 1,071
No. 2 7.6 gr. 1,247
No. 5 9.3 gr. 1,266
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150 grain JHP
Bullseye 6.7 gr. 1,225 FPS
Unique 8.0 gr. 1,245
Universal 6.6 gr. 1,186
Clays 4.0 gr. 937
HP38 6.0 gr. 1,105
No. 2 7.0 gr. 1,155
No. 5 8.3 gr. 1,170
WST 6.3 gr. 1,050
WSF 7.7 gr. 1,200
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180 grain Lead (Redline Truncated Cone, Cast
Bullseye 5.1 gr. 970 FPS
AA No. 5 6.3 gr. ----- (Load of Marshall Tresaugue)
(CCI 500 Small Pistol Primer)
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180 grain JHP
Bullseye 5.5 gr. 1,015 FPS
Unique 6.4 gr. 1,065
Universal 5.8 gr. 1,046
Clays 3.5 gr. 847
HP38 5.0 gr. 950
No. 2 5.6 gr. 967
No. 5 6.6 gr. 965
WST 5.0 gr. 900
WSF 6.2 gr. 1,040
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200 grain FMJ (Full Metal Jacket)
(this bullet may not seat properly or function
properly in the case. Use caution and care)
Bullseye 4.6 gr. 945 FPS
Unique 5.3 gr. 955
2400 8.5 gr. 925
Universal 4.7 gr. 903
HP38 4.7 gr. 850
HS6 6.9 gr. 902
No. 2 4.7 gr. 815
No. 5 5.5 gr. 828
WST 4.5 gr. 810
WSF 5.7 gr. 930
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200 grain LEAD RN
WST 3.5 gr. 760
WSF 5.0 gr. 920
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