9mm plinking load?


April 22, 2007, 03:21 PM
Anybody have a good medium power 9mm load? I'd like to use plated rounds. Just for target.



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The Bushmaster
April 22, 2007, 04:20 PM
4.5 or 4.6 grains of W-231 under a 115 grain JHP or 4.9 grains of W-231 under a 124 grain JHP...I don't shoot just plain lead so I can't help you there...

April 22, 2007, 04:37 PM
3.5 to 4.8 grains of Bullseye with a 121 grain cast bullet. Truncated cone cast bullets feed well and the load is a nice pleasant target load.

April 22, 2007, 07:01 PM
I like 4.0 grains of Titegroup under a 115 or 124 Berry's.

April 22, 2007, 07:08 PM
My Springfield 1911 in 9mm really likes 3.2 grains of Vihtavuori N320 behind a 147 grain truncated lead bullet. Very accurate.

My Sig P226 likes 3.5 grains of Hogdon Clays under a 115 grain HP. Very clean and accurate.

So far I have been using Winchester primers in both loads but I am going to try some Federals soon.

April 22, 2007, 07:17 PM
Another vote for titegroup. 4.2 grains under a 115/124 grain lead or plated bullet.

April 22, 2007, 07:42 PM
A medium charge of W231 or AA# 2. :)

April 22, 2007, 08:31 PM
280plus, you plan on using these at the matches? If so, I use 124gr poly FP with 4.7gr of Bullseye or 4.5 gr unique. Plated will be the same loads. These work great in my (our) :D Hi Power, H&K, and XD. You might be able to get a way with a little less say 4.5gr of Bullseye if you are shooting your Hi Power. Wifey was limp wristing her H&K and I had to boost the charge to stop the stove pipes. Rifle day sometime in May. I'll keep you posted.

April 22, 2007, 09:14 PM
For medium power loads with 115g Rainier plated bullets I really like 5g of Hodgdon Universal Clays. Extremely clean and accurate out of my P85.
4.6g of Bullseye also works well.

April 22, 2007, 09:51 PM
4.0 titegroup w/ 115 or 124 gr. berry's for g26, g19

4.2 tg w/ same bullets for springfield 1911 9mm

April 23, 2007, 06:03 AM
Thank you all!

Yes you caught me distra! I'm HOPING to shoot this week's match with my own home rolled stuff. I just can't swallow the price on the WWB anymore. I'll probably get the makins today. The brass is already shiny and clean and I'm thinking I may actually try to use my 450 jr as a progressive on these cause I don't need to be so finicky about consistent charge. ( I weigh my .45 charges out individually cause they're for bullseye competition. I make each round individually and with much love. Distra thinks I'm, at the very least, nuts, but boy do they shoot good!) :D

Question I forgot to ask, "What's COL on 9mm?" But I guess I could just measure a factory round and find that out for myself.

Seeing how I have a bunch of Bullseye already I'll probably try that first. But I may fiddle with the rest of the mentioned powders and charges as time goes by. Thanks again!

April 23, 2007, 06:44 AM
For my Poly coated FP, I seat them to 1.121" Here is the link for poly coated bullets http://www.precisionbullets.com. These are a little cheaper than plated and perform well in the IPSC/IDPA shooting. Rainier plated are also just fine, a little more expensive though. You will need to flare the case just a little more with Poly or plated bullets just to make sure the case mouth does not damage the coating at the base.

As for progressive, my 550B is extremely consistant in charge and bullet seat depth. Once you go progressive you wonder what you were thinking using it a single stage. :neener: You might check with Dillon to see if they have a newer more reliable powder measure for the 450.

April 23, 2007, 12:13 PM
Thanks. I went to hoffman's and the best they could do was some 125 gr LRN so I bought those for now. I wanted plated to keep the leading down and I don't want jacketed so I can shoot them at MSI too. I'll probably hit up midway next time around. Don't tell Hoffman I said that. :eek:

See you saturday I'm pretty sure...


April 23, 2007, 02:31 PM
I'm using 136gr tuncated cone cast bullets & 3.7gr of Bullseye.

These work great for target shooting in my Hi-Power and my CZ-75 Pre-B. Both guns have recoil springs that are 2lbs heavier than stock, by the way.

A friend of mine made up some loads which were 3.4gr of Bullseye under the same bullets, and I had problems with FTE, especially in the CZ. Replacing the factory weight springs took care of most of the FTE problems in that case, however.

In my case, I decided to up the load to 3.7gr & use the heavier springs. This took care of the problem. The rounds are very accurate at close to medium range, & are pleasant to shoot.


April 23, 2007, 09:10 PM
280, you shoot the Precision Poly coated at indoor ranges that prohibit FMJ. No leading to worry about with them either. I have a few left, I'll bring 50 this weekend for you to try.

April 23, 2007, 09:51 PM
For a plinking round, I'm using 4.3-gr Red Dot under 124-gr plated X-Treme Bullets and Lee 4-die setup including FCD.

Metering problems are a non-issue because I am using a digital powder system. I find that Dot powders don't do real well thru volume powder measures with the low charges for 9mm. Using this charge of Red Dot puts the top of the powder very close to being compressed, about 75-80% of case capacity.

Works very well for me and my pistols. It probably won't work as well on progressive loaders or anyone using volumetric powder measures.

I have AA#7 and will be trying it real soon using my Lyman 55 powder measure instead of the DPS.

April 28, 2007, 10:36 PM
Just thought I'd post an update. I ended up using 4.2 gr of Bullseye and Winchester primers behind 125 gr LRN. It was actually a mistake on my part because I misread distra's 4.7 as 4.2 BUT they worked just fine in my well broken in BHP. Nice mild load with no FTE or stovepipes. He did let me have 50 or so of those poly coated bullets today so I'll probably work those up tomorrow. Thanks for all the input. As time goes by I'll refer back to this thread and try some of these other formulas. Next on the agenda? .32 H&R mag... :D

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