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9mm and 40 cal preferred shape

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by blarby, Oct 4, 2012.

  1. blarby

    blarby Well-Known Member

    Whats your preferred shape in cast 9mm and .40 cal ?

    Little bit of research action here :)

    Step up and be heard !
    Last edited: Oct 4, 2012
  2. 1SOW

    1SOW Well-Known Member

    re 9mm: Cast I don't do, 'but shapes' I do have preferences.
    I prefer long rifling contact. Some HP, and HB bullets do have longer bodies and shoot better for me.
    I have a short-chambered pistol, so I'm NOT fond of some/many conical nose bullets. I and my pistol prefer a traditional ogive.
  3. rsrocket1

    rsrocket1 Well-Known Member

    Truncated cone.
    Feeds perfectly every time in my M&P 40 and has a nice wide metplat for instances where it may be needed.
  4. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf member

    rocket, those look mighty fine. I'm a SWC boy myself. maybe I'll change, never know
  5. 1SOW

    1SOW Well-Known Member

    My steel and paper targets don't "need" that.:D
  6. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf member

    This could be argued. You are likely to have on hand/loaded what you send to steel or paper when the time comes to plink a critter or so.
  7. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf member

    I remember the old 121 grain truncated cone Lyman. Those are stupid. imo
  8. JEB

    JEB Well-Known Member

    in 9mm i have been loading LRN and in my .40 i use a SWC. never had a problem with either.
  9. Hondo 60

    Hondo 60 Well-Known Member

    I usually use FMJ

    But my 9 is reliable no matter the bullet design.
  10. mxjunky78

    mxjunky78 Well-Known Member

    I load for .40 and prefer either LRN or truncated cone profiles. Haven't tried SWC but I will here soon, so I might change my preference.
  11. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf member

    My go-to's for decades have been the Lee 105 and 140 and the Lyman 133 grain SWC's.
    They're meat choppers.
  12. blarby

    blarby Well-Known Member

    I like that everyone is so diverse in their choices.

    Bullet variety is alive and well, it seems.
  13. dickttx

    dickttx Well-Known Member

    Don't have a 40, but I really like the MBC 200gn RNFP for my 45. Just bought most of the stuff to start casting and the first one I am going to try is the Lee 358 125gn RNFP. I bought a 357 sizer as I keep reading that oversize bullets work really well. I plan to use them in a 38 Super.
  14. Thompsoncustom

    Thompsoncustom Well-Known Member

    I prefer this:

    173gr swc makes for a really low recoil 9mm round when mixed with a fast powder. But it's not for the faint of heart as there's not much room for error.
    Last edited: Oct 5, 2012
  15. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf member

    Heh. excellent

    I need to customize some seater noses too.
  16. jjjitters

    jjjitters Well-Known Member

    These are some of mine for 9 & .40.

    Attached Files:

  17. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf member

    Jackets? Who needs jackets!

    Nice HP's and mold there jitters.

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