9mm unique load for 147 grain lead


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ol' scratch
March 27, 2010, 03:04 PM
I just picked up some 147 grain 9mm bullets. They were made by Barry's, so I know I have to load them like lead. I want to use Unique because I have pounds of it around. I will be using CCI 400 small pistol primers. Does anyone have any load data? I only need a start load and I can work up from there.

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rcmodel
March 27, 2010, 03:55 PM
Berry actually says:
Plated bullets occupy a position between cast bullets and jacketed bullets. They are soft lead, but have a hard outer shell on them. When loading plated bullets we have found best results using low- to mid-range jacketed data in the load manual. You must use data for a bullet that has the same weight and profile as the one you are loading. Do not exceed mid-range loads. Do not use magnum loads.

Try around 4.0 - 4.2 grains Unique.
After working from a starting load of 3.7 grains.

DO Not use lead bullet starting loads with plated bullets.
Copper plating is not as slippery as grease lubed lead.
A light Lead Starting Load might stick a plated bullet in the bore.

rc

Steve C
March 27, 2010, 06:01 PM
Go to http://www.alliantpowder.com/, follow the Reloading data links to 9mm 147gr. Reduce the max load listed by 10% to start and work up if needed.

glockgod
March 28, 2010, 06:00 PM
Try around 4.0 - 4.2 grains Unique.

4.0grs Unique/147gr plated or FMJ seated at 1.150" is my go to match load. Chronos 980+- out of a Glock 17. Shoots nice and is plenty accurate.

joed
March 28, 2010, 06:29 PM
I was loading the Lyman 147 gr FP in my GLOCK 26. My Lyman manual list 3.2 gr of Unique as the starting load and a max of 3.8 gr for that bullet. I stopped at 3.8 gr because the bullet just shot so well.

Wahoo95
March 30, 2010, 12:49 PM
My go to Subsonic load is 4.2gr Unique with a 147gr Plated or FMJ bullet.

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