Barnes 40 S&W 155 gr. M/LE reloading

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Barnes 40 S&W 155 gr. M/LE reloading

This is a discussion on Barnes 40 S&W 155 gr. M/LE reloading within the Handgun Ammunition and Reloading forums, part of the Handguns category; I want to make up some nice reloads for my 40 S&W 155 gr. Barnes M/LE bullets. Does anyone have ...

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    buckshotlee is offline Bro. Roger Lee
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    Default Barnes 40 S&W 155 gr. M/LE reloading

    I want to make up some nice reloads for my 40 S&W 155 gr. Barnes M/LE bullets. Does anyone have some experience with them? I currently have "Unique", "V-N350", and "Win 296" powders. Also, include the your case overall length(COAL).

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    I like the .45.... too bad you cant get your hands on the ammo...

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    Another for the .45 here. Do they make handguns in other calibers? As an aside, I think the .357 mag deserves a spot up there, unless the poll is limited to semi-auto's.
    When it comes to handguns, there are Sig Sauers, then there's everything else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by buckshotlee View Post
    I want to make up some nice reloads for my 40 S&W 155 gr. Barnes M/LE bullets. Does anyone have some experience with them? I currently have "Unique", "V-N350", and "Win 296" powders. Also, include the your case overall length(COAL).
    What is your barrel length?

    For a 5.5" barrel there is a load of 6.6 gr N350 and a 155 gr bullet (Hornady). With the Barnes you should get about 1152 fps. This would be a starting load at 456 ft-lbs.

    The max load would be 7.5 gr with an OAL of 1.128". No CUPS measure was given for the max load. Velocity was given as 1245 fps & 533 ft-lbs.

    Start with the 6.6 and work up slowly.

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    45 for home protection/war.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eth77 View Post
    What is your barrel length?

    For a 5.5" barrel there is a load of 6.6 gr N350 and a 155 gr bullet (Hornady). With the Barnes you should get about 1152 fps. This would be a starting load at 456 ft-lbs.

    The max load would be 7.5 gr with an OAL of 1.128". No CUPS measure was given for the max load. Velocity was given as 1245 fps & 533 ft-lbs.

    Start with the 6.6 and work up slowly.
    I did set up some loads for the Barnes bullets and 6.6 works well but I could only getup to 7.2 gr into the case because I can't compress the powder anymore then 1.138 OAL, which is 0.003 more then the recommended max OAL. So I couldn't have loaded them to 7.5 gr. even if I wanted to!

    Thanks for the help and I hope this thread is helpful to others!

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    Even if we WERE sticking to semi-autos, I believe .357 Sig is an extremely good ammo, although it is very loud and not quite as popular as the others mentioned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by albritton77 View Post
    Even if we WERE sticking to semi-autos, I believe .357 Sig is an extremely good ammo, although it is very loud and not quite as popular as the others mentioned.
    I agree. .357 Sig is almost the same power and performance as the .357 magnum, which is said to be one of the best man-stoppers of all time. Even more so than the .45, says a comprehensive database I've found in a magazine. But I would still carry the .45 instead, due to the .357's over-penetration power, similar to the 10mm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pianomistro View Post
    I agree. .357 Sig is almost the same power and performance as the .357 magnum, which is said to be one of the best man-stoppers of all time. Even more so than the .45, says a comprehensive database I've found in a magazine. But I would still carry the .45 instead, due to the .357's over-penetration power, similar to the 10mm.
    I own a Glock 31 and after numerous research the .357Sig is a very HOT round. I use hollows/JHP to solve the "over-penetration" issue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ricardo900 View Post
    I own a Glock 31 and after numerous research the .357Sig is a very HOT round. I use hollows/JHP to solve the "over-penetration" issue.
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    G33 with Gold Dots. As for ammo availability, I just hit the gunshow that rolls around every couple months. Gold Dots: $.40/ round. Federal FMJ $.29/ round.

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