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I’m shooting an sti executive in .40 I am going to start using the blue bullets for reloading and was curious as to what weight works best. I have been shooting 180 since they are easy to come by in my area. Does the 200 work a little better? I’m going to load to around 170-175 power factor. 

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Ive shot the blues in 180 and other brands as well and for USPSA shooting or similar, 180 is the go to weight. My load for the blue 180s was/is 4.8 gr of VV320 at 1.2 OAL. Makes major easily. There might be a small diff in felt recoil with the 200s but can't imagine much change over the 180.

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Take your pick it doesn't make much difference. I would personally stay with the 180s on a heavy slide gun like that. 200s will feel a little different but not much.

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Get samples of both and find out which one you like.

I shoot 200grn in 40 major.

Edited by ParaGunner

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14 hours ago, corbinfouquet said:

I second the 180s

180s for sure. 

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I started with 200 grs, just switched to 180's under a timer you won't be able to feel the difference.  Other than having to use less powder to make power factor it doesn't make much difference

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58 minutes ago, Mike21STI said:

I started with 200 grs, just switched to 180's under a timer you won't be able to feel the difference.  Other than having to use less powder to make power factor it doesn't make much difference

 

I had similar experience but I did the opposite, I started with 180's then switched to 200. As I was switching I practiced a few days with both load, and couldn't really tell a difference. Certainly not on the clock.

 

180's are cheaper.

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I've seen everything from 155 through to 200gr projectiles used in various STI (Edge) pistols.  All are accurate enough, its just a matter of recoil preference.  Personally I prefer at middle weight projectile ~180gr projectile.  200gr projectiles make me a bit nervous due to their weight and depth into case required to seat them at ~1.20" but I understand some folk love them.

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