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S&W’s Performance Center® M&P®40 M2.0™ C.O.R.E. Pro Series®Part II Live fire and handloads

01/31/2021 The M&P40 M2.0 C.O.R.E. Pro Series makes time spent on the range… easy. No loud magnum barks and bites, no subcompact reciprocating slide wrist rotating, no tiny grip clutching. The M&P40 is mild mannered in every way with the exception of the bullet leaving the barrel. The handloads that follow cost effectively cover a…

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Smith & Wesson M&P® Bodyguard® 380 Self defense... Yes, that is a thing

08/23/2020 These days, more Americans are purchasing firearms and practicing legal concealed carry than ever before. Who would blame them? Politicians are running for leadership positions on a hate America and Americans first platform, state governors and big city mayors are working to crush a robust economy and put people out of work. Violent, rioting…

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Smith & Wesson’s Model 648 And the very useful 22 Winchester Magnum Rimfire

12/23/2019 Do you mind if I hide out here for awhile? My wife is on a Hallmark Movie kick and I’m pre-diabetic. On the plus side, Hallmark is one of those places where characters still celebrate and extol the virtues of good friends and family, where problems are small and everyone has a positive attitude……

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40 Smith & Wesson Handload Data

Warning: Bullet selections are specific, and loads are not valid with substitutions of different bullets of the same weight. Variations in bullet length will alter net case capacity,  pressure and velocity. Primer selection is specific and primer types are not interchangeable. These are maximum loads in my firearms and may be excessive in others. All…

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Smith and Wesson’s Performance Center’s M&P40 Shield… Part 2 40 S&W self-defense and trail use handloads

The six bullets pictured above are my standards for short barrel 40 S&W handloads. The soft lead core jacketed bullets do well as components of defensive handloads, fully expanding to 0.750″ or more in ballistic gel, penetrating to 12″ to 18″. The three cast bullets on the right with a Brinell hardness of 16 will…

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