New Handloads Report

Discussion in 'Ammunition and Reloading' started by Ulfberht, Apr 11, 2016.

  1. Ulfberht Training and mentoring the next generation.

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    Up to and until this test; I was only using HS-6 for all my pistol loads....I was a fan boy.

    I had these 2 other powders in the cabinet, and it was a rainy day.....

    The handloads I tested today were for a fairly-new S&W M&P .40 cal; the projectiles were 180 grain plated hollow-points from Berry's Mfg (my favorite source :D ).

    Both loads functioned perfectly.

    Load #1 was 4.7 grains of Tighgroup; it had less kick, (recoil) & my groups were 4" @ 10 yards.
    Load #2 was 5.6 grains of Universal; a much hotter load and my groups were 6" @ 10 yards.

    I'm going to keep the Tightgroup load "as is" :p , but dail-back the Universal for the M&P.

    We are going to shoot the Universal load out of a full-size HG next week to see how it functions, but I think 5.6 grains of Universal is too hot for a small frame HG like the M&P (which I have to use a "death-grip" to keep it under control anyway).

    Last week I tested 155 grain Berry's plated flat points from the same pistol, using 8.0 grains of HS-6; it also functioned perfectly, but it too needed a "death-grip" to keep it under control. I'm probably going to dail-back this load a bit too.

    Grandson shot paper robots, martians and clay pigeons with the 22/45 .

    Was a great day.

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  2. Ulfberht Training and mentoring the next generation.

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    Another field test to share,

    For an MVP Patrol 5.56 outfitted with a Sun Optics 4X mil-dot, and round count at 85 at the end of the test.

    55 grain FMJ from Midway, 26.0 lightly-compressed grains of Varget; bench/rest shooting paper @ 100 yards.

    Not a flaky powder (like Win 748), but it meters well, some room in the case, but lightly compressed.

    Shoots inside the 2 inch circle of a typical m-4 zero target.

    Now a pet load :p

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