40 S&W is one of the most popular cartridges with handgun shooters, and it’s not hard to see why. Packing a powerful punch in a package smaller overall than 45 ACP, it’s a great cartridge for target shooting as well as defense/carry. Recently, I picked up a Glock 20 and 40 S&W conversion barrel, and decided to put together a bunch of content on both 40 S&W and 10mm auto. First up, loading 40 S&W on the Hornady Lock-N-Load AP.
Before loading any cartridges, I ran all of my range pickup brass through a GRX die, you can read more about that process here. Some reloaders have issues with 40 S&W and the Hornady case feed system, some complain that the small drop tube is too tight. I haven’t yet had that problem, but I did have a similar issue: cases did get hung up occasionally at the mouth of the upper drop tube adapter (aluminum bushing). I took the “sharp” edge off the inner chamfer, and all was good.
After that process was complete, I finished setting up the press for 40 S&W loading. Here’s my die station utilization:
- Powder charge
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This is just one of many good options for how to use the die stations on this press. The components used for this loading session consisted of the following:
- Hodgdon CFE pistol powder
- Hornady 200 grain XTP hollow point bullets
- Federal small pistol primers
The dies I used are Hornady New Dimension (3 die set), and I decided not to use any case lube to avoid having to clean off any residue. The loading went smoother than I thought with no lube! I’ve been using these dies for both 40 S&W and 10mm auto, and they have been working great. I’ll be posting a cool way to use these dies for both cartridges without having to re-adjust here shortly.
Because I’m shooting this 40 S&W ammunition from my Glock using the Lone Wolf 40 S&W converstion barrel, I don’t have to worry about bulged brass, as long as my brass doesn’t get mixed up with other people’s brass. The reason for this is because the Lone Wolf barrel has a fully supported chamber unlike the “stock” Glock barrels.
Now, to put this all together, here’s a video showing the smooth-and-fast loading sequence:
…but things are about to get even faster- and with a bit of a twist. Stay tuned!