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So im considering using cast bullets for my loads for my 5.25 40s&w. Has anybody shot cast bullets out of theirs and what if any are the problems youve come across. Im going to be shooting a 180g bullet not sure on OAL still have to work that up and the powder charge for major PF.

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I'm running hard cast 175 gr. in my XDm 4.5 .40. Tumble lubed, 3 grains regular Clays, CCI spp, at 1.125 OAL. No problems so far, and can probably drop some charge. Getting 144 PF right now. In my pistol, I cannot go longer. I have read elsewhere that higher velocities may contribute to leading, but cannot personally speak to that. If you are going to load minor, a lighter recoil spring may be in order.

Hope this helps,

B

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I have shot nothing but cast 180s over titegroup from my 5.25 .40, I'm around the 150 pf with 3.6gr TG, OAL 1.125 and I have yet to notice any leading. pushing 2k rds. The only problem is the amazing amount of smoke which isnt really an issue unless I am shooting in my car or bedroom.

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I've run a few thousand cast through my xdm .40 4.5. Both bought and cast myself.

My barrel slugged right at .400". My home cast dropped at .401-.402". I would always get a little leading in all cast loads using a variety of powder. Not enough to degrade accuracy or cause concern. I just don't know how some people get no leading at all. I ran them at major pf.

I can't think of any issues you might run into.

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My .40 5.25 has seen nothing but 180 grain TCL over 3.5 grains of Titegroup. I use it in Production USPSA & 3-Gun (with extended mags). Yes this load is mild, but shoots accurately and slaps steel fine. I only rarely notice the smoke, the vast majority of the time it is a non-issue. I have some plated bullets (bought cheap on close out a good while back) loaded major and will campaign Limited class later this year with them in the 5.25, as soon as I get classified in Single Stack. For Limited I will add a magazine well and the extensions I have already been running in 3-Gun.

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