.40 S&W

Reloading data for .40 S&W cartridges and specifications for cases and loads in this caliber.
Product number: CID_613
Load data for caliber ".40 S&W"
The .40 S&W is a rimless centerfire pistol cartridge that was developed in the early 1990s by firearm manufacturer Smith & Wesson. It is considered to be a powerful round, capable of stopping targets with a single shot, and it is commonly used for self-defense, law enforcement, and even hunting applications.

The .40 S&W has very low recoil which makes it easy to handle and control, even for inexperienced shooters. Its high muzzle velocity also allows it to penetrate barriers with ease and deliver consistent accuracy over long distances.

You find .40 S&W with all common powders and bullets by clicking the 'Loads in this caliber' button above.

Technical Specifications (based on the respective safety standard - see more details in tab 'Datasheet' if available)

Caliber: .40 S&W
Cartridge Type: Pistol/Revolver
Bullet Diameter: 0.400 '' | 10.16 mm
Primer Size: Small Pistol (SP)
Max. Case Length (l3):0.83'' | 21.08 mm
Max .Cartridge Length / OAL:1.14'' | 28.83 mm
Maximum Standardized Pressure:32634 psi | 2250 bar
The Commission internationale permanente pour l'épreuve des armes à feu portatives ("Permanent International Commission for the Proof of Small Arms" – commonly abbreviated as C.I.P.) is an international organisation which sets standards for safety testing of firearms. (The word portatives ("portable") in the name refers to the fact the C.I.P. tests small arms almost exclusively; it is ordinarily omitted from the English translation of the name.) As of 2015, its members are the national governments of 14 countries, of which 11 are European Union member states. The C.I.P. safeguards that all firearms and ammunition sold to civilian purchasers in member states are safe for the users.
To achieve this, all such firearms are first proof tested at C.I.P. accredited Proof Houses. The same applies for cartridges; at regular intervals, cartridges are tested against the C.I.P. pressure specifications at the ammunition manufacturing plants and at C.I.P. accredited Proof Houses.

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