– Hey everybody, Adam from Atlas Gunworks

coming to you from the
reloading benches today.

We’re talking about 40
Smith and Wesson reloading.

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Just a couple tips.

40’s not particularly difficult to reload.

It’s a straight walled case,

but if you’re running Atlas guns

they’re a 1911 or a 1911 variant.

There’s a couple of things to know

and one is that the bullet
almost always hits the ramp.

So coated bullets are
always going to function

less efficiently than a
jacketed or a plated bullet.

So I’m okay with folks
running coated bullets.

Sometimes we got to run a
little extra gun spring for that

and sometimes we got to do a
couple other things to the guns

to make sure that they
really like coated bullets,

but in generically if
they’re similar money

get a plated or a jacketed bullet.

They’re a superior product.

That being said, and that’s
from a feeding standpoint.

Accuracy’s pretty much
the same in all of them.

On the coated bullets subject,

which will probably be its own video,

but on the coated bullets subject

to get the bullets hard enough

to hit the ramp and come in to the chamber

they’re gonna mix tin and antimony

or some other alloy mix into
the bullet to make it hard

and they don’t always
get the mix right, right?

Even the small company
bullets make millions.

So keep in mind that you
should test every single batch

to make sure that those are hard

if you’re going to take them to matches.

Practice, maybe not such a big deal.

But jacketed projectiles are the best

and if you see me going to a major match

I always shoot jacketed bullets.

But what about 40 is
you know maybe different

than some of the other cases,

it’s got a fair amount of case volume

so I like to load a powder
that as I’m filling the case

I really can’t double charge it.

So there’s two things that blow up guns,

one’s a double charge and the
other one is higher pressure

from bullet set powder.

And then a squib potentially as well.

So the thing I care the most
about on the reloading machines

and at this moment I
don’t think anyone has

in 2020 a powder sensor that I trust

so I stand over every single machine

and make sure every single
bullet gets powder dropped.

Some of these guys are walking
away from these machines

and letting them run
and you’re just asking

to blow up a gun.

So we need powder in the case

and we need it to be
the appropriate amount.

I shoot N320 from Vihtavuori personally.

It does two things for me,

it fills the case up over halfway

so a double charge over spills

and then as well as that
it burns super clean.

So the cleaner your powder is

the longer you go between reloads.

Our guns are gonna like the bullets

at about 1.185 for overall length,

so that’s from you know start to finish.

Bullet profile’s not
gonna be as big a deal

with an Atlas gun.

You can probably run any
bullet profile you want.

Anytime you have a round
bullet profile such as this

you’re a little bit better off,

but it probably won’t matter.

Watch our video on size
dies and crimp dies,

so we’ll do a die video in this series.

That’s important in 40, nine millimeter,

38, doesn’t matter what
caliber we’re reloading.

And we’ll do a primer video as well.

So 40 cal, load good clean powder

and voluminous powder and have it

you know decent reloading
practices otherwise

and it’s relatively easy to load.

Hope to see you guys on the range soon.

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