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– Hey everybody, Adam from Atlas Gunworks

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coming to you from the
reloading benches today.

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We’re talking about 40
Smith and Wesson reloading.

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Just a couple tips.

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40’s not particularly difficult to reload.

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It’s a straight walled case,

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but if you’re running Atlas guns

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they’re a 1911 or a 1911 variant.

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There’s a couple of things to know

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

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So coated bullets are
always going to function

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less efficiently than a
jacketed or a plated bullet.

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So I’m okay with folks
running coated bullets.

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

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

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to make sure that they
really like coated bullets,

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but in generically if
they’re similar money

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get a plated or a jacketed bullet.

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They’re a superior product.

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

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

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On the coated bullets subject,

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which will probably be its own video,

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but on the coated bullets subject

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to get the bullets hard enough

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to hit the ramp and come in to the chamber

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they’re gonna mix tin and antimony

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

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

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Even the small company
bullets make millions.

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So keep in mind that you
should test every single batch

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to make sure that those are hard

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if you’re going to take them to matches.

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Practice, maybe not such a big deal.

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But jacketed projectiles are the best

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and if you see me going to a major match

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I always shoot jacketed bullets.

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But what about 40 is
you know maybe different

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than some of the other cases,

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it’s got a fair amount of case volume

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

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I really can’t double charge it.

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So there’s two things that blow up guns,

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

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from bullet set powder.

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And then a squib potentially as well.

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

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and at this moment I
don’t think anyone has

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in 2020 a powder sensor that I trust

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so I stand over every single machine

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and make sure every single
bullet gets powder dropped.

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Some of these guys are walking
away from these machines

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and letting them run
and you’re just asking

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to blow up a gun.

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So we need powder in the case

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and we need it to be
the appropriate amount.

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I shoot N320 from Vihtavuori personally.

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It does two things for me,

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it fills the case up over halfway

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so a double charge over spills

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and then as well as that
it burns super clean.

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So the cleaner your powder is

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the longer you go between reloads.

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Our guns are gonna like the bullets

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at about 1.185 for overall length,

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so that’s from you know start to finish.

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Bullet profile’s not
gonna be as big a deal

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with an Atlas gun.

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You can probably run any
bullet profile you want.

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Anytime you have a round
bullet profile such as this

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you’re a little bit better off,

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but it probably won’t matter.

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Watch our video on size
dies and crimp dies,

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

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That’s important in 40, nine millimeter,

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

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And we’ll do a primer video as well.

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So 40 cal, load good clean powder

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and voluminous powder and have it

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you know decent reloading
practices otherwise

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and it’s relatively easy to load.

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Hope to see you guys on the range soon.

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