Loading 9mm?


January 12, 2005, 02:02 PM
I currently reload for my .45ACP and am about to buy a 9mm for steel plates & IDPA/IPSC for times when I’m too lazy to reload the .45’s.
Anybody bother reloading the 9’s if so what are your costs with FMJ. And can you load down the 9mm for say a XD9 or G19 for even less recoil reliably?

Off topic why is it that when watching CSI every time they show a shell casing it is Starline brass? Do all fictional criminals reload?

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Navy joe
January 12, 2005, 02:21 PM
I load 9mm for USPSA, Steel, practice, etc. Unless you are trying to make major 9mm, give plated a try. Total cost for me is 55-60 per 1000, which is less than the 110/1K at Wal-Mart. I also find that plated bullets(dead soft) ricochet less, dropping plates much better than factory 9mm of the same power factor.

My load is usually:

mixed cases
Win Small primer
1.150 OAL
115 Berrys(29/1000)
4.3-4.4gr TiteGroup.

4.4 out of a Glock 34 gives me about 1165fps, well above PF. 4.3 is also safely above. Plating stripping is not a problem at these velocities.

Zak Smith
January 12, 2005, 02:31 PM
I'm using 124gr West Coast with 4.2gr Titegroup. Shoots real accurate; about 1080fps.

It comes to about $70-80/thou for me.

January 12, 2005, 03:05 PM
Reloading the 9 is what got me started in reloading...back in 1976. I'm finishing off 1000 rounds of 9 right now on a single stage press. I load 115JHP's pretty much exclusively, and I buy the bullets and components in bulk at gunshows. 100 rounds of "combat" equivalent ammo can be reloaded for about $7, using range brass. To me, it's worth it.

FWIW, I also reload the .380, .38spl, .357 Mag, .40S&W, .44 Mag, .45ACP, and .45 Colt. :)

January 12, 2005, 07:11 PM
Do any of you use cast lead bullets to reload. How about casting your own.

I think I may have a source of free lead if I want to start casting. It's the fired bulletts at and indoor range. Anyone else do that? Hows it work out?

January 12, 2005, 08:49 PM
I reload 9mm with Remington 115 grain JHP's over a charge of 4.6 grains of W-231 and a WSP primer. I reload the 9 because factory hollow point ammo is expensive. When I carry a 9, it is stoked with Remington's 115 grain JHP +P load, so practicing with the same bullet just makes tons of sense to me. I have also found that JHP ammo seems to be a little more accurate in my 9's.

January 12, 2005, 11:40 PM
I load home cast 9mm for about $25 per thousand, commercial cast for about $45 per thousand, plated for about $55 per thousand and FMJ for about $65 per thousand.

I tailor the loads to whatever I want to do, use loads that are accurate in MY guns, and never have to go buy ammo. The guys that say 9mm isn't worth reloading are FOS.

Black Snowman
January 13, 2005, 01:32 AM
I also find plated bullets to be great for target loads. Rainier's or Berry's, or one of the poly coated lead like Precision Bullets. Whatever you can get cheapest.

My 124 gr Rainier loads were just silly accurate from my CZ 75B and even my Dad's little Firestar loved them. I was using a starting load of AA #7 and they performed great.

Cost is almost half of what Rem UMC costs around here and the accuracy was WAY better. YMMV and all that.

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