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Bullseye or 231 for 9mm 115gr?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by 45Badger, Nov 16, 2008.

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  1. 45Badger

    45Badger Member

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    Cant find my 9mm load book and starred tinkering with my 550 (note to self- buy more tool heads!) to get set up for 9mm. I've got tons of 231 and Bullseye, so would prefer to stick with one of these powders.

    Any pet loads for 115 FMJ? Will be shooting out of a Glock 19, looking to replicate factory ball loads. Thanks!
     
  2. bullseye308

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    4.6-5.0 bullseye will closely duplicate wwb. If you have a chrono go for about 1100 fps for a nice load. Works for me around 4.8 in mine.
     
  3. The Bushmaster

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    Yup...Favorite 9mm X 19 load with 115 grain JHP. 4.8 to 5.0 grains of W-231. WARNING...In some manuals (Lyman) 5.0 is over a maximum powder charge. In other manuals (Sierra) it is just under maximum powder charge...
     
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    I'd go with the #231. My match 115gr JHP ammo for the NRA PPC "Distingusished semi-auto" is loaded with #231. I use the Remington 115gr JHP's and Delta Precision cases (starline) and a Winchester primer.

    I used Bullseye and Federal primers for years, but had some primers pierce due to bullet setback in a major match, so I switched to Winchester primers and #231. Haven't had the problem recur. Accuracy is equal or better.

    4.9gr #231 gives ~1,175fps from a 4"bbl. 1,200fps from 5", 1,225fps from 6".
    With Bullseye, use 4.3-4.5gr for same velocities and equal accuracy.
     
  5. Galil5.56

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    I think WW231 is a really great propellant for what you want... Burning rate is between Bullseye and Unique (closer to Unique in my experience) which I like, and so well suited for efficient, very respectable velocity ammo or loaded down to mid-range levels with no worries. I usually back 115's with 5 grains even, but have gone as high as 5.3 with good results.

    I do use Bullseye with 9mm, but then only with my own 125 grain cast bullets backed by a 4 grain charge... Gets a very consistent 1095 fps from my Beretta.
     
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    I've had good success using W231 in my 9mm rounds. I usually load 124/125gr bullets but I see no reason why you won't get good results loading 115gr bullets.
     
  7. Marlin 45 carbine

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    Bullseye seems better for cast but I use 124's.
    actually I've never used 231, I use Power Pistol for jacketed.
     
  8. tribbles

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    I know you're looking for something to replicate factory ball loading, but if you want a mild practice round, 4.6gr. of W231 behind a 115gr. Speer TMJ bullet is hard to beat. I know Hodgdon lists 4.7 grains as a minimum for a 115gr. Speer Gold-Dot (at 1075 fps), but 4.6 gives me 1081 fps out of my SIG P226.

    Plus the W231 meters sooo nicely.

    No experience with Bullseye.
     
  9. Rather-B-Huntin

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    4.5 grains of Hodgdon Titegroup is my fav load for a 115 9mm. Clean, consistant, and not terribly temperature sensative in 9mm.
     
  10. Walkalong

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    W-231 over Bullseye in 9MM
     
  11. The Bushmaster

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    How much W-231 over how much Bullseye, Walkalong?:)
     
  12. Walkalong

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    Check your load book. :neener: :D
     
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