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  2. Try 180 grain bullets with the Universal. The HS-6 may be to slow for that setup. Based on what I have, I'd be testing it with Power Pistol. It is an adventure testing all the bullet weights with various burn rate powders. Once you come up with a good combo, it will be sweet. What about the previous owner? Any idea what was used before?
  3. I actually started with a 2011, now shooting a Glock 23 as my Carry Optics gun and my "Shorty Forty" open gun.
  4. Sounds like a good option!
  5. Jumprun13k, my situation was similar. As you see from my photo above, the top end used to be a sight tracker type limited gun. GANS came up with a good solution for attaching the comp. He turned the whole barrel down to classic diameter, threaded it, and attached the comp. Might not have been the best looking open gun, but functioned as well as a limited gun and shot flat!
  6. My images from page 1 of this thread have a broken link. Here is the gun GANS did for me.
  7. Does Gary Natale (GANS) still do work? He converted my old limited top end to 40 open and he's done a good number of 40's.
  8. 140's are close enough, but if they are moly coated (I know Bear Creek makes 140's) I would avoid them. The coating will gunk things up fast. With a hybrid barrel, you are going to want the lightest bullet you can find with a slower powder. Longshot may be good. Silhouette may be good too. I tried a Glock 24 with a hybrid barrel once. 8 holes and no comp. My 135's with 8.2 gr CFE Pistol tamed the muzzle flip well and it was LOUD. With no comp it didn't reduce recoil into the hand, but muzzle rise was held to a minimum.
  9. Are you shooting an STI? There are so many variables between bullet weight, powder type, charge weight, and recoil spring weight. WIth an STI, I feel like 135 is the way to go, but 155 may be a good option too. I tried every bullet weight. 135, 140, 155, 165 and 180. Never tried 200's but I knew that was the wrong end of the spectrum.
  10. WestTex, I think it's documented in this thread over the past few pages. But the short story is this: With my STI, I settled on 135gr Rainiers with Power Pistol. Sold the gun and several years later built up a G23 that pulls double duty as CO and Open. I started with 135's for Open Major, but it was very snappy in the light weight gun. Tried 155's and it feels much better.
  11. WestTex, Have you tried CFE Pistol? I've developed a load for my Shorty Forty G23 Open gun. 4.5" Barrel. 7.2 grains with a 155gr Rainier. I can't seem to find chrono data, so maybe I haven't chronoed it yet. "Feels like Major" LOL. According to the load data it should be major. 8.2 grains should get you there with a 135gr bullet.
  12. tag, I initially tried Silhouette and found it to be too slow. By the time I got to major, there was too much gas going out the end of the comp which contributed to more recoil and muzzle flip. Longshot was another slower powder, so I never tried it. I landed on Power Pistol for my STI 40 Open and currently using CFE Pistol for my current Glock open gun which has a carver 4 chamber comp. YMMV. It will depend on the length of comp, how many chambers and if you have any poppel holes in the barrel. It could be a viable powder for you.
  13. @tag129, I have experience with the Glock and STI platforms in 40 Open. I would suggest trying Hodgdon CFE Pistol. With your longer barrel, the 135 grain bullet might get to major PF comfortably. It might take 8.2gr or so of powder. My experience with my shorter 4.5" barrel is that 155 grain bullets made major without being as harsh as the 135's. I use all book loads from Hodgdon's website. My bullet mfr of choice is Rainier Ballistics. I find them to be consistent and accurate. You will probably want to lighten the slide of that G35 a bit, but start with what you have and see how it goes. You'll want to get 22 round Glock mags and the Taylor Freelance +3 basepad to get your 170mm mags.
  14. No, not at all. I am using book loads for .40 S&W cartridges from Hodgdon. We just use lighter bullets. I found 135gr Rainier Ballistics worked best for my STI, but I'm liking the 155's better in my lighter weight Glock. Plus, the reason many of us shoot 40 open is to avoid the extra expense of new equipment if we're already shooting Limited. I certainly don't want to start stocking large pistol primers and getting a new gun with a new set of mags and mag pouches.
  15. Well, I'm finally back in the 40 Open game. I shot a local match last weekend and somehow wound up 3rd out of 14 in Open and 4th of 78 overall. I think it was beginner's luck. This was with my G23 "Shorty Forty" with RMR on the slide.
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