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Handgun Cartridge Reloading Data

By Chuck Hawks


Here are some selected reloads for handgun cartridges. All of these loads are derived from data published in popular reloading manuals. You will find no loads over the SAAMI maximum average pressure listed here. Maximum loads are noted as such.

This article is not intended as a reloading guide, and it does not list "starting" and "maximum" loads for each caliber. It is merely a list of some loads that I feel are well proven and useful.

I have listed the brand and type of bullet, powder, primer, case, the approximate velocity, and the source for all reloads. Also the barrel type (revolver or pistol) and length in which each load was tested.

The muzzle velocities (MV) for these handloads are based on the figures provided in the reloading manual used to develop the load. Individual guns will ordinarily give different (sometimes surprisingly different) velocities from the same load, so the figures quoted should be viewed as approximate.

All of the handloads listed below have proven to be safe in test guns, but they may not be safe in your handgun. Pistols vary, so before attempting to duplicate any of these loads please consult the major reloading manuals. Start with beginning loads and work up slowly to heavier loads. If you are a shooter and a reloader, you must be a responsible adult, so I accept absolutely no responsibility for your actions.


.221 Fireball

45 grain Hornady SP Hornet (.224") bullet, 18.6 grains RL-7 powder, Rem. 7 1/2 primer, Remington case. MV 2700 fps in 10.75" pistol barrel. (Based on the Hornady Handbook, Sixth Edition.)

50 grain Hornady V-MAX (.224") bullet, 18.2 grains RL-7 powder, Rem. 7 1/2 primer, Remington case. MV 2600 fps in 10.75" pistol barrel. (Based on the Hornady Handbook, Sixth Edition.)

.30 Carbine (revolver)

100 grain Speer Plinker (.308") bullet, 14.5 grains H110 powder, CCI 450 primer, IMI case. MV 1475 fps in 7.5" revolver barrel. (Based on the Speer Reloading Manual No. 13.)

110 grain Speer Varminter (.308") bullet, 13.7 grains H110 powder, CCI 450 primer, IMI case. MV 1315 fps in 7.5" revolver barrel. (Based on the Speer Reloading Manual No. 13.)

.32 H&R Magnum

100 grain Speer JHP (.312") bullet, 6.1 grains HS6 powder, CCI 500 primer, Federal case. MV 1088 fps in 5.5" revolver barrel. MAXIMUM LOAD! (Based on the Speer Reloading Manual No. 13.)

9mm Luger (9x19)

115 grain Hornady HP-XTP (.355") bullet, 6.2 grains HS6 powder, Win. WSP primer, Hornady case. MV 1100 fps in 4" pistol barrel. (Based on the Hornady Handbook, Sixth Edition.)

124 grain Hornady HP-XTP (.355") bullet, 5.9 grains HS6 powder, Win. WSP primer, Hornady case. MV 1050 fps in 4" pistol barrel. (Based on the Hornady Handbook, Sixth Edition.)

.38 Special

125 grain Hornady HP-XTP (.357") bullet, 5.4 grains W 231 powder, Win. WSP primer, Hornady case. MV 900 fps in 4" revolver barrel. (Based on the Hornady Handbook, Sixth Edition.)

148 grain Hornady HBWC (.358") lead bullet, 3.0 grains W 231 powder, Win. WSP primer, Hornady case. MV 700 fps in 4" revolver barrel. (Based on the Hornady Handbook, Sixth Edition.)

158 grain Hornady SWC (.358") lead bullet, 3.8 grains W 231 powder, Win. WSP primer, Hornady case. MV 750 fps in 4" revolver barrel. (Based on the Hornady Handbook, Sixth Edition.)

.38 Special +P

140 grain Speer JHP (.357") bullet, 6.4 grains HS6 powder, CCI 500 primer, Speer case. MV 873 fps in 6" revolver barrel. (Based on the Speer Reloading Manual No. 13.)

.357 Magnum

125 grain Hornady HP-XTP (.357") bullet, 19.4 grains H110 powder, Win. WSPM primer, Hornady case. MV 1450 fps in 8" revolver barrel. (Based on the Hornady Handbook, Sixth Edition.)

140 grain Speer JHP (.357") bullet, 8.8 grains HS6 powder, CCI 550 primer, Speer case. MV 1005 fps in 6" revolver barrel. (Based on the Speer Reloading Manual No. 13.)

140 grain Speer JHP (.357") bullet, 16.2 grains H110 powder, CCI 550 primer, Speer case. MV 1323 fps in 6" revolver barrel. (Based on the Speer Reloading Manual No. 13.)

158 grain Hornady HP-XTP (.357") bullet, 15.6 grains H110 powder, Win. WSPM primer, Hornady case. MV 1250 fps in 8" revolver barrel. (Based on the Hornady Handbook, Sixth Edition.)

.40 S&W

155 grain Hornady HP-XTP (.400") bullet, 8.4 grains HS6 powder, Win. WSP primer, Hornady case. MV 1100 fps in 4" pistol barrel. (Based on the Hornady Handbook, Sixth Edition.)

180 grain Hornady HP-XTP (.400") bullet, 7.1 grains HS6 powder, Win. WSP primer, Hornady case. MV 950 fps in 4" pistol barrel. (Based on the Hornady Handbook, Sixth Edition.)

10mm Automatic

180 grain Hornady HP-XTP (.400") bullet, 11.4 grains AA No. 7 powder, Win. WLP primer, Hornady case. MV 1150 fps in 5" pistol barrel. (Based on the Hornady Handbook, Sixth Edition.)

.41 Remington Magnum

200 grain Speer JHP-SWC (.410") bullet, 21.0 grains H110 powder, CCI 350 primer, Winchester case. MV 1351 fps in 6" revolver barrel. (Based on the Speer Reloading Manual No. 13.)

.44 Special

200 grain Speer Mag-JHP (.429") bullet, 10.0 grains HS6 powder, CCI 350 primer, Remington case. MV 913 fps in 5.5" revolver barrel. (Based on the Speer Reloading Manual No. 13.)

240 grain Hornady SWC (.430") lead bullet, 5.8 grains W 231 powder, Win. WLP primer, Hornady case. MV 750 fps in 3" revolver barrel. (Based on the Hornady Handbook, Sixth Edition.)

.44 Remington Magnum

200 grain Speer Mag-JHP (.429") bullet, 10.5 grains W 231 powder, CCI 300 primer, Speer case. MV 1219 fps in 7.5" revolver barrel. (Based on the Speer Reloading Manual No. 13.)

200 grain Speer Mag-JHP (.429") bullet, 26.5 grains H110 powder, CCI 350 primer, Speer case. MV 1590 fps in 7.5" revolver barrel. (Based on the Speer Reloading Manual No. 13.)

225 grain Speer JHP-SWC (.429") bullet, 22.5 grains H110 powder, CCI 350 primer, Speer case. MV 1450 fps in 7.5" revolver barrel. (Based on the Speer Reloading Manual No. 13.)

240 grain Hornady HP-XTP (.430") bullet, 24.2 grains H110 powder, Win. WLP primer, Hornady case. MV 1350 fps in 7.5" revolver barrel. (Based on the Hornady Handbook, Sixth Edition.)

.45 ACP

200 grain Hornady HP-XTP (.451") bullet, 9.4 grains HS6 powder, Win. WLP primer, Hornady case. MV 950 fps in 5" pistol barrel. (Based on the Hornady Handbook, Sixth Edition.)

230 grain Hornady HP-XTP (.451") bullet, 8.4 grains HS6 powder, Win. WLP primer, Hornady case. MV 850 fps in 5" pistol barrel. (Based on the Hornady Handbook, Sixth Edition.)

.45 Colt

200 grain Speer JHP (.451") bullet, 11.0 grains HS6 powder, CCI 350 primer, Winchester case. MV 945 fps in 6" revolver barrel. (Based on the Speer Reloading Manual No. 13.)

255 grain Hornady FP (.454") lead bullet, 5.8 grains W 231 powder, Win. WLP primer, Hornady case. MV 750 fps in 7.5" revolver barrel. (Based on the Hornady Handbook, Sixth Edition.)

.454 Casull

260 grain Speer Mag-JHP (.451") bullet, 35.0 grains H110 powder, CCI 400 primer, Freedom Arms case. MV 1645 fps in 7.5" revolver barrel. (Based on the Speer Reloading Manual No. 13.)




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