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


buckshotlee

Bro. Roger Lee
I need help loading some Barnes 40 S&W 155 gr. M/LE! Can any one help me?
 

buckshotlee

Bro. Roger Lee
The Blue Dot powder at 11 grs sound great but the overall length of the Barnes M/LE bullet is much longer then a lead based bullet and I have some concerns about the overall loaded ammo length? I don't want to compress the powder and possible kill myself as I load them! :hang3:
 

Jes

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Bullseye

The Blue Dot powder at 11 grs sound great but the overall length of the Barnes M/LE bullet is much longer then a lead based bullet and I have some concerns about the overall loaded ammo length? I don't want to compress the powder and possible kill myself as I load them! :hang3:

If you are worried about compressing the load use Bullseye. Looks like 4.5-4.7 grains for a starting load in the 40.

This is a guesstimate looking at the loads for lead 155gr and XTP 155gr in Lee Modern Reloading 2nd ed.
**I am not responsible if you get blowed up**

The Barnes website shows only loads for the XPB bullets. They use 4.4-4.9gr of Silhouette and 5.1-5.6gr of Longshot.
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buckshotlee

Bro. Roger Lee
Okay, I built up so courage and loaded some of the Barnes M/LE bullets. Here is my results! I can't measure the FPS but with 6.0 gr. of Unique, I had inconsistent loads, also shot high on the target. From 6.6 to 7.2 gr of Unique, I could hold a better pattern but may need some fine turning. For the record, the 7.2 gr was very compressed in the shell case and I didn't trust it. :hang3: The 6.6 gr was compressed, but not much. I don't have much experence with compressed loads and will not load any at 7.2 again! :fie:

Thanks for the help all! :biggrin:
 

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