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Old November 5th, 2013, 09:27 PM   #1
 
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155 Grain Federal HST Bullets

Hello all. I am a new member to this site.

A few months ago I purchased 500 pulled 155 grain Federal HST bullets. I understand that since they were not meant for the general public no reloading data is available.

I would like to reload these bullets to a velocity of 1160 fps for a Ruger
SR40c. I will be using Federal cases (once fired and resized), CCI Small Pistol Primers, and Winchestrer AutoComp powder.

If anyone has any load data for this bullet they would share, it would be greatly appreciated. I understand that you may not want to provide the data due to liablility however, I will hold no one except myself responsible for it's use and results of using it.

I also need the coal of a factory Federal 155 gn HST is anyone has any of these to measure.

Thanks to all who respond in advance for your time/effort/and information.

Cecil Kester



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Old November 6th, 2013, 12:27 AM   #2
 
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I bought some of those same .40 caliber HST pulled bullets in 180g. I have some factory Federal HST in .40+P (180g), 9mm+P (147G), and .45ACP +P (230g). The performance of that bullet is tremendous and well acknowledged in many military/LE offices.

I have developed some loads for my .40's using Power Pistol and I would refer you to Realguns website for data. I'm getting 1236 fps out of a Glock 27 with my regular 155g JHP. Do some testing and experimenting with those suggested loads at Realguns and see what works the best in your shooters.

I would also refer you to the SAAMI page for cartridge specs on dimensions including OAL.
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I've not used that particular bullet, per say, but have had excellent results with Montana Gold's 155 JHP and Herco. My loads from 6.2 to 7.0 grains work well for practice sessions. I haven't chrono'd them as yet, but ejection from a Colt Gold Cup Elite in .40 S&W, a Sig P226, and a Glock 23 are all good. Accuracy runs 2" to 3" at 25 yds from a sitting, gun between upright knees position, ie. not completely rested on sand bags. I have used that bullet in the factory offerings, but don't have chrono'd data for it. Ejection from the factory loads is more energetic than my hand loads, indicating possible higher velocity; as always, consult a good manual before using the above load, although it was safe, with no adverse pressure indications in my guns.

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CLK,

I don't see why you couldn't use Hodgdon's data for other 155 gr cup & core bullets as a guideline.

Cartridge Loads - Hodgdon Reloading Data Center - data.hodgdon.com

I'm not sure what the BERB bullet is they list (perhaps Berrys'?) but the Hornady XTP is certainly close enough to the same construction as the HST to get you started.
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Oh, and welcome aboard!
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Thanks for all the info. I have one reply with an coal of 1.125. Various manuals and websites list 155 gn loads between 1.125 and 1.135. Pulled the barrel, put together a dummy round, and the 1.135 works on the plunk test. Now to see if it will fit the magazine and cycle. I have found out that the XTP bullet is 0.53 in length and the HST is 0.72. Longer bullet will fill the case more so it will be a careful workup. Haven't found any loading information from any powder manufacturer and don't think it is available for this bullet.
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