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Suspicious AA 9mm load data

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by david_r, Apr 5, 2013.

  1. david_r

    david_r Well-Known Member

    Accurate Arms load data for #5 a Rainier 115 RN seems might suspicious. How can it be the same velocity and pressure as the other loads they have listed with a charge weight that is .2 to .6 less than the other bullets? They do the same with #7 but not with #2.

    No 5  115  NOS    JHP    5.4   1,007        6.3   1,137    34,913    1.077
    No 5  115  SIE    FMJ    5.4   1,021        6.3   1,148    34,200    1.100
    No 5  115  LC      RN     5.2   1,043        6.1   1,179    34,420    1.070
    No 5  115  BRY     RNDS  5.7   1,023       6.5   1,145    33,667    1.130
    No 5  115  RAN     RN    4.8   1,017         5.9   1,150    33,854    1.140[/U][/B]
    No 7  115  BRY    RNDS  7.0   1,047        8.2   1,185    34,933    1.130
    [B][U]No 7  115  RAN    RN  5.7   1,027          6.7   1,165    34,399    1.140[/U][/B]
    No 2  115  BRY    RNDS  3.7      976        4.7   1,103    34,853    1.130
    No 2  115  RAN    RN  3.8      957        4.6   1,081    33,695    1.140
  2. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator

    Plated vs jacketed. Bullet composition. Light vs heavy "jacket", and in the case of the Ranier, probably softer lead.

    I usually say to stop at 75% to 80% of jacketed data, and this kind of data is why. Some plated can be pushed harder, but some cannnot. The more plated data that comes out the better, especially brand specific. Hodgdon has some online now, as well as Accurate and Vihtavuori, maybe more.

    here are some old links to some plated data.

    Last edited: Apr 5, 2013
  3. rfwobbly

    rfwobbly Well-Known Member

    I'd call Accurate to verify. They are extremely helpful.
  4. rodregier

    rodregier Well-Known Member

    Keep in mind too that the product sold as AA#5 has varied a great deal over the years. This is in part due to completely different factories producing the powder that is packaged by Accurate Arms and labelled as AA#5.

    The best strategy to deal with such variations is to use load data published during the *same* time period when your AA#5 was manufactured.

    As always, start low, work up!
  5. beatledog7

    beatledog7 Well-Known Member

    All reloading data are suspicious in that they must be tested in your gun before you can say they're valid for your gun.
  6. rfwobbly

    rfwobbly Well-Known Member

    That's an excellent statement. Very concise and to the point.
  7. david_r

    david_r Well-Known Member

    I'd call it suspect, not suspicious.

    Has anyone looked at the data? Can anyone opine on why there is such a discrepancy between the Berry's and Rainier? I would assume that AA had recycled their earlier data from the link Walkalong posted. However, they changed the COL so I would assume their latest data is new.

    Their lead and jacketed data is higher than the Rainier plated data. I would expect it to fall in between those or at least for the Rainier and the Berry's to be more similar than the lead and jacketed.

    If someone has an actual theory, I'd love to hear it.
  8. ljnowell

    ljnowell Well-Known Member

  9. GLOOB

    GLOOB Well-Known Member

    I have experienced the difference firsthand. Rainiers shoot almost like cast. Berry's shoot almost like jacketed. Select your start loads accordingly. I dunno but maybe rainier shoot faster than cast Cuz they're dead soft lead vs hard cast.
  10. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator

    I pretty much agree with GLOOB, but would note that the Ranier 9MM 115 Gr RN gives virtually identical velocities for me as the Hornady jacketed 115 Gr FMJ (Encapsulated - Has a disc on the bottom to seal the lead from the burning powder) Some Raniers will get you in trouble pressure wise if you try to push them with max jacketed data. Some of the data out there shows that.
  11. Blue68f100

    Blue68f100 Well-Known Member

    Berry's has always fallen in between lead and jacketed. The reason they recommend that you load up to mid jacketed data. Their plating is a different harness and they have a different core harness. Rainers has always said to use lead data, soft core, harder jacket ( i think). I have always gotten seater marks on Rainer's but not on Berry's. There bases are different too.

    There are probably other reason but I no longer have access to equipment to measure the hardness and thickness of the jacket or core to confirm.

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