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Just getting into reloading and none of the manuals I have so far give load data for a .40 135 grain copper coated (not jacketed but electroplated) bullet. I plan on starting with Accurate #5 (because I'm going to keep it simple by starting with one powder for .40S&W, .38spl, 9mm and .45acp) and will expand into other powders later. Rainier recommends using the data for lead but the Lee manual gives separate data for copper plated 9mm, .38spl and .45acp; it doesn't provide data for the 135grn plated however, just FMJ. Anyone have data for the .40 135grn plated?
 

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If "I" was going to load that I would switch to a 9mm in 124gr or 147gr. The .40 begs to loaded in the 165 and 180gr bullets. If you haven't bought the bullets yet, please reconsider your choice.



JMNSHO!!
 

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I'm loading the 165 gr plated bullets in 40 S&W.
 

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Thanks Dan, I've checked that site but there is no info for the copper plated. I know I can use lead data but the Lee manual shows different data between lead and copper coated for the other calibers I'm loading so I would assume there is a difference for the .40 also.



John & Coltman; the reason I'm using 135 grn is that I'm shootiong steel targets at my place and I want to minimize the wear & tear. I realize the POA will be low but I can adjust for that. I really wanted 155 grn but Midway was out of bulk 155 so I ordered 135. If I can get the data, I'll go through the bullets I have pretty quick anyway then I'll get a more "standard" weight.



Any other ideas?
 

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Throwin Lead said:
They are really busy - orders running about 4 weeks out
Are you serious? The last time I ordered was 2 weeks ago and I got mine within a week. If they are that far out I better order now. With the wife shooting now we are going through 2250 a month.
 

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Rainer states "If you only have access to traditionally jacketed load data, we recommend reducing maximum charge by 10%."
 

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Rainer states "If you only have access to traditionally jacketed load data, we recommend reducing maximum charge by 10%."


I saw that also but that still doesn't match the load data I have for copper plated .38/.357, .45acp and 9mm. I think I will just start with data for 145 grn lead and work from there.
 
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