9mm with Unique?


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doc540
March 5, 2011, 02:25 PM
Caliber: 9mm

Use: looking for soft shooting, paper punching loads (will not be used for carry or personal defense)

Pistol: Colt Combat Commander/4.24" barrel

Loader: Dillon SDB

Bullets: 124 and 147 grain TCJ FMJ

Powder: Unique (all I could find in stock locally)

Set up and ready to work the handle for the first time.

Your recommendations?

(searched through many other threads, but I guess I overlooked recommendations using Unique powder)


thnx

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rcmodel
March 5, 2011, 02:27 PM
5.0 with the 124 and 4.0 with the 147.

rc

redbullitt
March 6, 2011, 12:22 AM
Unique is good stuff.

It can be a little picky when you are throwing it through. Mine will usually throu within .2g. I just set it so I will not go over max even with a bit heavier charge.

I use it in 45, 9mm, 38 sp and it does great. 5 grains works just fine for me in 9 mm.

good luck

rg1
March 6, 2011, 01:03 AM
124 grain bullet, start at 4.8 grains of Unique and work up to 5.1 grains. I agree that 5.0 grains is a good safe load with most all bullets, not maximum with Unique and 124 grain bullets in 9MM. FMJ roundnose bullets seated to 1.150" works well in my 9's. Hollowpoint bullets seated to manufacturers recommended overall length.

GLOOB
March 6, 2011, 02:31 AM
CAUTION: The following post includes loading data beyond currently published maximums for this cartridge. USE AT YOUR OWN RISK. Neither the writer, The High Road, nor the staff of THR assume any liability for any damage or injury resulting from use of this information.

I've loaded Unique with 124 gr plated bullets anywhere from 4.2 to 6.0 with the whole gamut of OALs. The "factory plinking load" is 4.8ish, IMO. Even 4.2 will reliably cycle most of my pistols.

robotboy175
March 6, 2011, 08:02 AM
howdy doc! 810wmb here:D

i wrote alliant and here is what they sent me. i have used 4.3 grains with 124gr cast lead bullets for over a year now. no problems at all. cycles through my cz75b sa great.





9mm Luger

115 gr lead bullet
Bullseye start 4 grs max 4.5 grs
Unique start 4.5 max 5 grs
Power Pistol start 5 grs max 5.5 grs

115 gr jacketed bullet
Bullseye start 4 grs max 4.5 grs
Unique start 4.5 grs max 5.5 grs
Power Pistol start 5.9 grs max 6.3 grs

124/125 gr lead
Bullseye start 3.8 grs max 4.3 grs
Unique start 4 grs max 4.5 grs
Power Pistol start 4.8 grs max 5.3 grs

124/125 gr jacketed
Bullseye start 3.9 grs max 4.3 grs
Unique start 4.5 grs max 5 grs
Power Pistol start 5 grs max 5.5 grs

147 gr lead
Bullseye start 2.8 grs max 3.3 grs
Unique start 3.2 grs max 3.6 grs
Power Pistol start 4 grs max 4.5 grs

147 gr jacketed
Unique start 4 grs max 4.5 grs
Power Pistol start 4.5 grs max 5 grs

Note: Start with the minimum charge wt. Reload just a few and be sure they will properly cycle the action of your pistol before reloading a quantity.

ssyoumans
March 6, 2011, 10:26 AM
howdy doc! 810wmb here:D

i wrote alliant and here is what they sent me.

9mm Luger
115 gr jacketed bullet
Bullseye start 4 grs max 4.5 grs
Unique start 4.5 grs max 5.5 grs
Power Pistol start 5.9 grs max 6.3 grs


Interesting that Alliant is downgrading Power Pistol. Prior manuals have listed 6.7gr as max with the 115gr bullet. Hmmmm....

bds
March 6, 2011, 10:53 AM
Interesting that Alliant is downgrading Power Pistol. Prior manuals have listed 6.7gr as max with the 115gr bullet. Hmmmm....
This is what currently shows on Alliant's website (http://www.alliantpowder.com/reloaders/RecipePrint.aspx?gtypeid=1&weight=115&shellid=23&bulletid=25&bdid=29):
9mm Luger

* 115 gr Speer GDHP
* Power Pistol
* CCI 500

1.125" OAL 4" CCI 500 Power Pistol Max 6.7 gr (1,212 fps)

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