– 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
and it’s relatively easy to load.
Hope to see you guys on the range soon.
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