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Bullets seem to be slashing paper tgt

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by OleEd, Dec 7, 2012.

  1. OleEd

    OleEd Well-Known Member

    I'm reloading 125g LTCN bullets for my Taurus 709 Slim. Have reloaded about 1500 with Bullseye, WST and W231 powders for the past two years. Decided to try Clays at 3.2g with an OAL 1.200 since I'm using Clays in my .45 ammo thought I'd try it with the 9mm. Before switch I had no problems with loads from WST, Bullseye, or W231. Just now with Clays.

    Anybody have a solid suggestion as to the problem?

    Thanks in advance.
  2. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    Usually, that can be traced back to a free hanging paper target trying to get out of the way of the bullet.

    Use a hard backer like cardboard or thin plywood or something behind the target to support the paper and your problem should go away.

  3. longdayjake

    longdayjake Well-Known Member

    Yep. Use backing.
  4. beatledog7

    beatledog7 Well-Known Member

    Most ranges these days don't supply backing, so you just have to save boxes (or solicit them from your favorite grocer). The good part is a single decent sized shipping box will last a bunch of range trips as long as you reposition the X-ring or center of mass each time so you don't get a giant ragged hole in it.
  5. mdi

    mdi Well-Known Member

    Lead Truncated Cone Nose? With a "soft", no backing, paper target, TC bullets often don't punch nice round holes but tear through...
    Last edited: Dec 8, 2012
  6. RugerBob

    RugerBob Well-Known Member

    Think theres a chance the bullets are key holing? Had that happen to myself once. So just asking.
  7. Tcruse

    Tcruse Well-Known Member

    Probably the correct answer. Try a box of factory ammo, like wwb, federal, S&B ...

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