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    From Ross Seyfried back in 1981. He said he used this load and 2 identical Pachmayr 1911s for all of his 1911 IPSC work.
    .45 ACP, 5.7gr WW 231, 230 gr bullet.
    I ran 100,000+ of these with various cases, LP primers (mainly WW and CCI) and both lead and jacketed bullets. Ran fine in 1911, GL21, GL30, Sig 220.

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    OK, here is most every good pistol load I've used...and they've all been good!

    124/5 Coated Glock 34

    3.6 TG 1050FPS
    3.9 Bullseye 1080 FPS

    124 MG (XDM 5.35)

    4.8 WSF 1060 FPS

    147 RN or FP Coated (Glock 34)

    3.7 WSF 910 FPS
    3.0 Bullseye 900 FPS
    3.0 Ramshot Competition 900 FPS

    45 (Glock 21)

    230 Coated FP

    3.8 Clays 700 FPS
    4.4 Bullseye 750 FPS

    185 Extreme

    4.8 Ramshot Competition 865 FPS
    Last edited by nwhpfan; 01-30-2016 at 10:54 PM.
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    230Gr FMJ atop 5 gr of Bullseye at 1.250-1.260 is a classic hardball duplication load. I like it a lot.

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  4. #14
    Here's a nice middling power 10mm load.

    Starline Brass
    180 Grain Hornady HAP or XTP
    CCI 300 Large Pistol Primers
    9.0 Grains of Hodgdon Longshot
    COAL 1.260"

    Average Velocity of 1208 FPS from my stock G20G4. ES 28 SD 10.8

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    A couple of good 115 grain 9mm loads that shoot sub 1.5" in several guns:
    4.5 gr Bullseye with Nosler or Montana Gold JHP at 1.08 to 1.09 oal, Win primers.
    6.1 gr WSF with Montana Gold JHP, same oal and primers as above.

    Some good 147 grain 9mm loads, also running 1.5" or better in multiple guns:
    4.0 gr WSF or 4.9 gr AA#5 with Hornady FMJ RN or Zero FMJ at 1.150, Win primers
    3.3 gr Vihtavouri N320 with Bayou coated 147 at 1.135, Win primers
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    Favorite .40 S&W loads

    My two favorite .40 S&W loads:
    4.4 grains Titegroup with a Zero or Montana Gold 180 gr JHP, Win primer at 1.125 to 1.135 oal. Hornady HAP has also shot well with this load. Velocity runs about 925 to 950 fps out of a Glock 35.

    5.4 grains of Silhouette with a Speer 180 TMJ (I was using pulls) and Win primers. OAL at 1.130. This one shoots real well, also works with Zero 180 JHP. This a light load (minor power factor) with velocity about 825 fps out of my Glock 23. I haven't met a Glock .40 that didn't like this load.
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    LL - I have an extensive spreadsheet of pistol loads. It has hundreds of loads through dozens of guns. If you want it, I can send it over.
    Last edited by JV_; 02-16-2016 at 03:47 PM.

  8. #18
    I've been satisfied with Winchester Super Field (WSF) as a powder and have standardized on the following load:

    124gr Montana Gold bullet
    5.0gr WSF
    CCI small pistol primer (have used them all)
    OAL of 1.14"

    This has functioned reliably in every gun I've owned and should be good for about 1075fps out of a G19 barrel if I had to guess.

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    Nice mid range .44 Magnum load

    I’ve been testing a bunch of different low end to mid range .44 mag loads. One managed to shoot the best groups out of three different S&W revolvers, a 4” 29-2, a 5” 629-3 and a 4” 629-5. The load is 6.4 grains of Red Dot with an SNS Casting 240 grain coated SWC. Primer was Win LP, OAL of 1.60. Benchrested 20 yard groups were 1.25” to 1.625”. Recoil is mild, with velocity estimated to be in the 900 fps range. Shot about 50 rounds with this bullet out of each revolver, no leading and quick cleanup with all three guns.
    Last edited by LtDave; 08-11-2017 at 03:59 PM.
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    My favorite factory duplication practice load for my 640 Pro 357 is: 140 Hornady XTP, 9.0 Power Pistol and a 357 case and a standard small pistol with a COAL of 1.55 inches.
    This load over a chrono does 1067 fps at 10 feet from the muzzle. It does 1104 from my SP 101 3.06 357 from the same distance.

    This load approximates the Gold Dot 357 SB load and is taken from Speer Manual #14.

    The load is accurate, easy to get back on target, shoots to POA and doesn't appear to punish the gun. Lots of muzzle flash but it is a short barreled magnum.

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