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ZOOMZOOM
January 5, 2013, 10:52 AM
What bullet and powder do you use for your 9mm target / practice loads?

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918v
January 5, 2013, 11:03 AM
125gr JHP over AA#7
125gr Lead TC over Bullseye

7mmb
January 5, 2013, 11:35 AM
124gr Xtreme flat point over N350. When the N350 is gone I'm trying Power Pistol and, if I can ever get my hands on some, Silhouette. I might try them again with Universal too.

tcanthonyii
January 5, 2013, 12:03 PM
Frontier CMJ 115 gr with 4.5gr Titegroup.

ZeSpectre
January 5, 2013, 12:13 PM
DISCLAIMER: This load is posted for informational purposes only. I take NO responsibility for it's use.

115gr Plated Berry's bullet
5.0gr Unique
COAL 1.115

bds
January 5, 2013, 01:57 PM
115 gr FMJ with 4.8 gr W231/HP-38 at 1.135" OAL - My reference 9mm target load. Works reliably in multiple pistols with good accuracy and clean burning.

124/125 gr FMJ with 4.5 gr W231/HP-38 at 1.135" OAL

124 gr plated RN with 4.2 gr W231/HP-38 at 1.135" OAL

124 gr Berry's HBRN-TP with 3.8 gr Bullseye, 4.0 gr Titegroup, 4.5 gr W231/HP-38 at 1.135" OAL - Very accurate target loads

125 gr Missouri Lead RN with 4.0 gr W231/HP-38 or 4.0 gr Promo/Red Dot at 1.080"-1.100" OAL - Economical target loads that burn clean and don't lead the barrel.

rfwobbly
January 5, 2013, 03:39 PM
► Bullets. Most 9x19 Luger guns have a twist rate that prefers 124/125gr bullet length/weights. Bullet brand and ogive shape are up to you. An anomaly to this may be the Berry Mfg 115gr hollow base, which have the length of the 124gr without the added cost.

► Powder. I get excellent accuracy around 1030-1050 fps. IMHO, you therefore want a powder who's "max load" speed falls around 1060-1070 fps, so that the powder is still burning efficiently in the 90-93% range when shot at those target speeds, but without the "max load" pressures for the gun's sake.

► Putting it all together. In my mind, a large part of "accuracy" is nothing more than repeatability. IOW, the bullet flying in the exact same manner each time on its way to the paper. That means all the physical properties need to be keep as close to the same as possible for each cartridge. That is to say: same brand of brass, same OAL, same primer, exact same weight powder, same crimp, etc.

bds
January 5, 2013, 04:14 PM
"accuracy" is nothing more than repeatability ... bullet flying in the exact same manner each time on its way to the paper
Yes, I agree. More consistent chamber pressures will translate to more consistent muzzle velocities with lower standard deviation (SD) numbers which then will produce more accurate shot groups.

IMO, for lighter target loads, since slower burning than Unique/Universal powders tend to produce more consistent burn/accuracy at high-to-near max load data, W231/HP-38 and faster burning powders are better suited for producing lighter target loads utilizing mid-to-high range load data.

DeadFlies
January 5, 2013, 04:58 PM
115 grain LRN
4.5 grains Unique
1.110 OAL

Cheap and easy.

Skulptor
January 5, 2013, 05:49 PM
In my relatively new and limited experience with reloading, I have found that 147gr. FMJ Xtreme bullets seem to work better for my gun. ( Walther P-99) But now after reading rfwobbly's post, I am questioning that. I will be watching this thread closely to see what others like. I was going to buy a bunch of cast TC 150gr. for practice and IDPA, and try them. I may look into another direction.
Thanx for making this post!

ArchAngelCD
January 5, 2013, 06:19 PM
124/125gr LRN bullet over 3.9gr to 4.4gr W231/HP-38 makes a great range load.
Hodgdon /IMR/ Winchester load data (http://data.hodgdon.com/main_menu.asp).

TheCracker
January 5, 2013, 06:34 PM
115 fmj over 4.9 grains of universal clays.

sellersm
January 5, 2013, 06:39 PM
Whatever's cheap!! Usually some Win231 and some form of a 124gr bullet, plated or Precision delta FMJ.

Thompsoncustom
January 5, 2013, 06:43 PM
173gr swc over 2.7gr AA#2

ArchAngelCD
January 5, 2013, 06:54 PM
173gr swc over 2.7gr AA#2
A 173gr SWC in a 9mm, I don't think so!

JO JO
January 5, 2013, 07:18 PM
115gr and hs6

JamieC
January 5, 2013, 07:23 PM
124gr Bayou Bullets over 5.3gr of Power Pistol, 1.130" 1079fps

matworz
January 5, 2013, 10:49 PM
115 grain Berrys Plated RN
5.2 grains Unique
1.110 OAL

bluetopper
January 5, 2013, 11:49 PM
125gr cast lead bullet in front of 4.0gr of Green Dot. Nice easy target load.

Thompsoncustom
January 6, 2013, 07:36 AM
A 173gr SWC in a 9mm, I don't think so!

I didn't say it was for most but it is more than possibly and has been talked about on THR before also people have loaded heavier bullets in 9mm.

Heavy bullet plus fast powder are much more dangerous but yield a really low felt recoil bullet.

http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o77/danielthompson8588/Picture2018.jpg

I've also loaded bullets as little as 60grs in 9mm when testing different zinc/alum alloys.

Thompsoncustom
January 6, 2013, 07:40 AM
A 173gr SWC in a 9mm, I don't think so!

I didn't say it was for most but it is more than possible and has been talked about on THR before also people have loaded heavier bullets in 9mm.

Heavy bullets plus fast powder are much more dangerous but yield a really low felt recoil bullet.

http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o77/danielthompson8588/Picture2018.jpg

I've also loaded bullets as little as 60grs in 9mm when testing different zinc/alum alloys.

Cheetos
January 6, 2013, 08:51 AM
124gr Armscor FMJ with 4.4gr of Universal and 1.09 OAL. I shoot these out of a Browning Hipower and a SA XD9.

tightgroup tiger
January 6, 2013, 09:36 AM
124 gr berry's plated FNHB with 4.2 gr of universal
4.0gr of titegroup

Blue68f100
January 6, 2013, 10:17 AM
Berry's 124 RNHB using WSF.
115gr Berry's or Rainer with 231.

Jim Watson
January 6, 2013, 10:27 AM
147 gr Berry's
3.7 gr HP38

wankerjake
January 6, 2013, 10:37 AM
I like 124gr LRN with 3.5gr titegroup.

HighExpert
January 11, 2013, 01:13 AM
9mm
FMJ 115
4.2 Bullseye (4.8)Max
1.063 OAL
1015 FPS

This works for me. I haven't found a gun that it won't cycle but haven't tried it in a Luger. I might not be heavy enough for that gun.

918v
January 11, 2013, 12:53 PM
Heavy bullets plus fast powder are much more dangerous but yield a really low felt recoil bullet.

Lemme guess:

FC brass
.355" size
1.169" OAL

What gun? TC Contender?

fshnfvr
January 11, 2013, 01:20 PM
Berry's 147
3.7 W231

dadpig
January 13, 2013, 11:15 PM
9mm 124 gn rn fmj over 4.2 gn 700x work for for my Kahr K9 and Beretta M9

1SOW
January 14, 2013, 12:11 AM
For range/comp: CZ 75B & SPO1 Shadow
125gr Zero JHP
124gr: Bry HBRN, MG CMJ, MG 124 JHP
All over n320 with 1030-ish speeds

Also have used 231, AA#5

Have used a number of other bullets and weights I didn't like as well for this use.

Mr.12gauge
January 14, 2013, 02:26 AM
My plinking load:
124gr plated RN
5.0gr WSF
CCI 500

Accurate and reliable in my G19
Haven't chrono'd it yet but it feels like ~1100fps
I am going to get an aftermarket barrel and start casting in 9mm to save more money on plinking

MNOD Glocker
January 14, 2013, 05:00 AM
115 grain Berrys Plated Bullet fueled by 4.7 grains of Unique

Thompsoncustom
January 14, 2013, 08:23 PM
Quote:
Heavy bullets plus fast powder are much more dangerous but yield a really low felt recoil bullet.
Lemme guess:

FC brass
.355" size
1.169" OAL

What gun? TC Contender?

Any brass win,FC,rem, or whatever else I have
.3565 Bullet size
1.140 OAL

Gun. Cz 75b

Big Nugget
January 14, 2013, 09:30 PM
147gr Lead FP & HS-6

cz75bcrazy
January 16, 2013, 06:21 PM
Lead 115gr over 6.2gr unique

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