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9mm with blue dot

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by xd9, Oct 30, 2009.

  1. xd9

    xd9 New Member

    Sep 28, 2009
    Surprise, Az
    hey guys I just went to the local gun shop and picked up some blue dot powder. I looked at the load recommended and it said min. was 8.0 and max was 8.0 I am using hornady 9mm 115g gr. RN fmj with cci MAGNUM small pistol primers and was hoping to see what you guys recommended for a start load or if any of you had a good load with 115 gr 9mm fmj. thanks
  2. ChristopherG

    ChristopherG Participating Member

    Jan 7, 2003
    Central WA

    Magnum primers are unnecessary and undesirable in 9mm. It's a tiny little case; it doesn't need all that BANG to ignite. If you must use them, reduce loads by some reasonable amount (10% would be my guess).

    I know the bullet indicated is not an FMJ; that's why you reduce by 10% (anyway) to start your own experimentation and build up from there.
  3. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator

    Nov 20, 2006
    Speer # 13 gives 7.7 to 8.5 Grs Blue Dot with 115 Gr jacketed bullets. 1161 & 1258 FPS.

    Sounds like you need a load book. :)
  4. ChristopherG

    ChristopherG Participating Member

    Jan 7, 2003
    Central WA
    Two. Everyone needs at least two loadbooks. Plus the internet!
  5. chris in va

    chris in va Mentor

    Mar 4, 2005
    Louisville KY
    My Lyman manual shows a 115gr JHP (no FMJ listed) as 6.8-7.6+ (which means a compressed load). There's only a 78fps difference between the two loads but pressure is 27k to 32k, quite a difference.
  6. Slamfire

    Slamfire Mentor

    Dec 29, 2006
    I would recommend that you take that Blue Dot back and get something else. I tested Blue Dot in the 9mm and published loading data came close to damaging my pistol.

    Somewhere I read in a gun magazine a recommended load of 8.0 grains with a 125. That load double pumped my Beretta. I never had a load before that was so hot that the slide went forward, then bounced back, before going into battery.

    I finally settled on a load of 6.5 grains Blue Dot, loaded up an ammo can of the stuff. If you look at my data you see huge ES's at that charge. That caused function issues as the upper velocity loads functioned the pistol correctly, but the lower loads might not function the pistol.

    I have shot most of the stuff up, and I am going with a faster powder, Bullseye. Nice tight ES's and SD's and shoot fine.

    Incidentally, shill gunwriters seldom publish SD's and ES's with their loading data. I think Mike Venturino is the only one I have seen do that. Some of these fools recommend powders that have huge extreme spreads, when you test their loads. This is not good. Powders that give ES's in terms of hundreds of feet per second are just not good choices to use.

    I tested Blue Dot in many different cartridges. It works well with 357's and jacketed bullets. It would probably do well in a 44 Mag and jacketed bullets. Everything else, including the 9mm, it is an awful powder.

    [SIZE="3"][M92 FS Beretta Bar Sto Barrel				
    125 gr FMJ Olympic Factory 				
    27-Mar-06	T = 61 °F			
    Ave Vel =	1261		 	
    Std Dev =	20?			
    ES	63.11		 	
    High	1288		 	
    Low	1225		 	
    N =	10		 	
    125 LRN .356" Valiant 4.0 grs Bullseye S&W cases WSP 				OAL: 1.110'
    9-Apr-06	T = 58 °F	accurate		
    Ave Vel =	1099	 		
    Std Dev =	12.16			 
    ES	44.48			 
    High	1124			 
    Low	1080			 
    N =	15			
    125 LRN Valiant .356"  6.0 grs Blue Dot S&W cases WSP 				OAL: 1.110'
    9-Apr-06	T = 58 °F	v. accurate	functioned each	shot
    Ave Vel =	1048			
    Std Dev =	32			
    ES	94			
    Low	1012			
    High	1106			
    N =	14			
    125 LRN Valiant .356' 6.5 grs Blue Dot  S&W cases WSP 				
    9-Apr-06	T = 59 °F	v.accurate	slight leading at 	muzzle
    Ave Vel =	1148	 		
    Std Dev =	30.87			
    ES	140.6			 
    High	1226			
    Low	1085			 
    N =	33			
    125 LRN Valiant .356" 7.5 grs Blue Dot  S&W cases WSP OAL 1.110" 				
    27-Mar-06	T = 60 °F	accurate, too much recoil	leading at end of barrel	
    Ave Vel =	1326		 	
    Std Dev =	29.81			
    ES	105.2			
    High	1383		 	
    Low	1278		 	
    N =	27		 	
    125 LRN Valiant .356" 8.0 grs Blue Dot  S&W cases WSP OAL 1.110" 				
    27-Mar-06	T = 60 °F	 way too much recoil!	violent operation!	
    Ave Vel =	1414		 	
    Std Dev =	14.42			
    ES	42.1			
    High	1434		 	
    Low	1392		 	
    N =	8		 	
  7. Maj Dad

    Maj Dad Participating Member

    Dec 1, 2005
    Carolina Low Country
    Ditto On Another Powder

    I use Blue Dot, but not in the 9mm - 38 Super IPSC major power and others. The 9x19 is a small case and doesn't lend itself to what Blue Dot does. Bullseye, AA#2, 231, Red/Green Dot, even AA#5, Unique and a number of others jump out, but I would not use BD unless it is the only thing available for the foreseeable future. If you don't have a paper load manual, look online for Accurate Arms, Winchester/Hodgedon, Alliant and Hodgdon, and plan accordingly. Blue Dot is a niche powder; 9mm isn't a niche cartridge. My opinion... :cool:
    Maj Dad
  8. depoloni

    depoloni Member

    May 24, 2008
    Can tell you from experience that Blue Dot isn't an idea powder also. That said, I get the highest velocities at acceptable pressures (according to primers, case heads, primer pockets, and other measurements) with Blue Dot (edit: with one particular cast bullet weight).

    There is, as one/several previous posters mentioned, never an application with an acceptable powder in 9mm that requires a magnum primer, although I know several folks using them due to the horrible shortages over the last year. If you have regulars, use them, that's all.

    I chrono'd loads in 9mm that I posted here somewhere a good while back. Was getting about 1240fps out of a 122 cast TC but, before pressures showed nasty signs, I was getting un-burnt powder in the barrel and velocities leveled flat off despite charge increases. Beyond a point, more powder means more unburnt crap in your barrel.

    Not that I'm any sort of uber-authority, but the advice you've received so far seems to be right on generally.
  9. Steve C

    Steve C Senior Member

    Jan 5, 2006
    There's quite a bit of variation in the recommended loads for BD in the 9mm. Some manuals with 115gr bullets list 8.0grs as max and others start at that load and go up to 8.9 grs. Alliants previous data listed 8.0grs as max with 115gr FMJ's but 8.2 grs as maximum for 125gr Lead or Jacketed bullets.

    I have shot 8.0grs behind a 115gr Remington JHP that yielded an average velocity of 1,224 fps. 8.0grs of BD fills the case and the charge may be compressed when the bullet is seated but it works OK though I'd rather use Power Pistol or Unique in the 9mm.

    I like BD in the magnum revolver cartridges.

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    Last edited: Oct 30, 2009
  10. fecmech

    fecmech Active Member

    Feb 21, 2004
    Buffalo NY
    As most of the previous posters were talking of jacketed bullets in the 9MM and Blue Dot and I've shot very little jacketed 9mm I can't comment. IMO BD is a great cast powder in the 9mm from 115-147 gr bullets and I have shot many thousands of them through 4 different 9mm guns. Using BD I was able to easily duplicate jacketed velocities with accuracy equal to jacketed rounds.
  11. dsv424

    dsv424 New Member

    Aug 11, 2009
    Dallas Tx.
    I have used 7.7 grains Blue Dot with Sierra JHP, but with a CCI 500 primer. This was a good round in my Baretta M9. Although I normally use either Unique, Bullseye, or W231 for recipes with 9mm.
  12. Marlin 45 carbine

    Marlin 45 carbine Senior Member

    Jul 15, 2007
    South-Western North Carolina
    get a jug of Power Pistol.
  13. FM12

    FM12 Member

    Jun 1, 2007
    You can go out and buy powder? I hate you, nothing personal though.
  14. Clark

    Clark Senior Member

    Jan 3, 2003
    Where I5 meets the rain forest
    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.

    9.7 gr Blue Dot 124 gr causes pierced primer in 1.169" 9x19mm.
  15. Galil5.56

    Galil5.56 Participating Member

    Dec 20, 2007
    Just recently tried 8.2 grains of Blue Dot/124 grain WW 124 grain FMJ/CCI 500 and got a 1213 fps avg from my Beretta M9. The BD used was from a 1lb can I bought in 1980, but shows no signs of degradation. Fired cases went back into he chamber easily, with almost no expansion even in the unsupported area.

    Like HS-7/WW571 and other really slow burners I have tried in 9mm, I still like Unique and Power Pistol best for top end charges, and if left with only one choice make it Power Pistol.
  16. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator

    Nov 20, 2006
    My Blue Dot container sits idle on the shelf. It works well for some things, but is not that versatile IMHO, and there are so many better powders, especially in 9MM.
  17. Redneck with a 40

    Redneck with a 40 Senior Member

    Jul 26, 2006
    I run Blue Dot in my 40 S&W, with 165 grain bullets. This powder produces some real thumpers that are very accurate, I like it. I've found 9 grains behind a 165 gr JHP to be pretty sweet.

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