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    Hey guys new member and new reloader

    My fiancé surprised me last weekend with a lee classic turret reloader kit what a woman right! So before she got it for me I've been doing my research and learning all I can from the Internet and from the lee 2nd edition manual, I really want to start off loading 135 grain hollow points as I've discovered they're accurate as hell and I will be shooting at action pistol competitions. So from the lee book at the top of the list under 135 jacketed the first reload recipe is the highest velocity, can I assume that the powder listed is the fastest burning powder? Any help, tips. Also the brand of bullet I'm looking at is hornady or Sierra and will be getting those reload manuals as well pending on responses. I shoot a gen 4 glock 35.

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    It's been a while since I've looked at the Lee manual. I'm not sure about them listing the loads in order of powder burn rates. You can check by looking at this powder burn rate chart.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mconar63 View Post
    ....So from the lee book at the top of the list under 135 jacketed the first reload recipe is the highest velocity, can I assume that the powder listed is the fastest burning powder? ......
    Here is a powder burn rate chart to help you on your quest:Powder Burn Rate.pdf

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    Thanks a lot guys, so for my first reload should I stay away from faster burning or slower burning powders for the 135 jacketed?

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    Also I will be posting more questions as they arise my first step is to be able to get some reload componets since everywhere they are sold out darn politics but I will be posting pics of my journey of reloading first is to build my work bench and then setup the reloader.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mconar63 View Post
    Thanks a lot guys, so for my first reload should I stay away from faster burning or slower burning powders for the 135 jacketed?
    My advice would be to avoid getting bogged down into specifics such as powder burn rate at this early stage, in spite of the fact that I posted a burn rate chart. As you learn, that data might become more relevant, but for now I recommend that you decide on a bullet (it seems you have), then find a published load using a powder you can actually buy, with a primer you can actually buy. I only mention "actually buy" because of the tight supply situation we face today.

    Begin at the middle pressure and velocity loads for that powder and bullet combination, and see what your results look like (on the target, and the feel of the load in terms of recoil and firearm function). Look for signs of high pressure, and adjust accordingly.

    Many loading data sources will list a load that they found to be most accurate, Sierra's book does this, others may. Whatever you do, use ONLY published loading data until you have enough experience to be comfortable experimenting. Then, thinking about various burn rates, different powders, and unpublished loads might be more useful to you.

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    +1 Chris !

    The middle of the road recommendations from any load book will give you satisfactory results as a beginner loader. Make it, shoot it, and learn, then proceed to the customs section of the hobby.

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    Ok so I got a 100 Speer HP bullets, went to a local gunship today and he had about a handful of powders, no primers forgot my cheat sheet to look at what powder I needed so he handed me a hornady book it said vhitouri n340 works with 180 grain Jacketed so before I bought the powder I double check with the guy because I was using Speer not hornady so then he handed me the vhitouri manual and it too said n340 works for Speer 180 grain HP, I purchased the Speer I believe 13th Ed manual. Funny thing is it doesn't specify vhitouri n340 for it 180 gr loads. So my question if it says in the lee, hornady, and vhitouri manuals say I can safely use the powder can I proceed to then?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mconar63 View Post
    ....So my question if it says in the lee, hornady, and vhitouri manuals say I can safely use the powder can I proceed to then?
    Yes, if you can find a published load that specifies the caliber, bullet, cartridge overall length, powder, and primer, you should be safe. And I don't mean published on the Internet by some forum, I mean published by a powder or bullet manufacturer, somebody with some skin in the game.

    I don't worry if I can't find the identical published load from more than one source, because they just don't publish at the same time with the same components. I reason that if one manufacturer has published a load, given all the liability matters they have to concern themselves with, then the data is safe for me to use.

    Primers can be hard to match exactly, so I usually just use the right size primer and avoid magnum primers where they are not called for. For example, if the published load calls for a Remington Large Pistol primer and I only have CCI Large Pistol Primers, I will substitute the CCI for the Remington. But I won't use a CCI Large Magnum Pistol primer when a regular Large Pistol primer is specified in the published load.

    Use the middle-range powder charge, set the overall length as specified in the published load, and you have a safe starting point. In the beginning, this is all about being safe and learning gradually.

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    Vihtavouri N340 is a good powder. You can get an online manual from Vihtavouri with load data for your .40 cal loads.
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