Loading 9mm

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  1. kelbro

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    I've loaded for many calibers but 9mm was always so cheap and plentiful, I never thought it was worth the investment.

    Well, current conditions are indicating that maybe I should be getting in touch with Dillon to get the SDB set up for 9mm.

    I have quite a few pistol powders in the cabinet. What are some of the go-to powders for plinking rounds?

    Are folks having good luck with the plated bullets?

    Thanks

     
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  2. dredd

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    I hadn't planned on loading 9mm either, but here I am in the process of churning some out.

    My buddy has been running 115/gr Plated with Titegroup for a long time and likes it very well.

    I am going to do the same with coated bullets.
     
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  3. ericuda

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    I load plated maybe 50 percent of the time. Hp38 and titegroup are my most used in 9. Cfe pistol and hs6 are also good when loaded up a bit.
     
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  4. Walkalong

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    I would start with a suitable medium speed powder that fills the case well for 9MM. Lots of them do, and shoot very well. True Blue, N340, AA #5, HS6, WSF, W231, etc.

    What powders do you have?
     
  5. GeoDudeFlorida

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    For plated 115gr: W231, HS-6, Unique, TiteGroup, and if you want some soft plinkers, Bullseye.
     
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  6. AK Hunter

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    I only reloaded 9mm to get some cheap accurate rounds to plink with.
    I never planed to reload everything but that's what it has gotten around to. LOL
     
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  7. AgPilot

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    I’ve been using Unique. They have shot great as plinking rounds. Extreme 124gr Bullets
    Loaded a few with SR instead of SP primers. They both did fine for plinking. At 10 yards shooting offhand both loads were grouping 3-4”
    Wouldn’t hesitate to use them in emergency defense.

    plan to load a few this weekend using N330.
     
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  8. Hartkopf

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    I like HS-6.
     
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    Usually for plinking, I'll use Titegroup or HP-38. Better for plated. But I found using CFE-P or Silhouette with lubes cast bullets, I got fewer problems with fouling the barrel. Whether it was leading or lube fouling.
    Coated (Hi-Tek) cast bullets are okay with HP-38 or Titegroup.
     
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  10. ImjinScout85

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    I have always loaded 9mm, and I use Berry's 115gr. RN. For powder I mainly use N320 but have also loaded using HP-38
     
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  11. MFInc

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    So far for 9mm I've only used CFEP with Berry's 115grplrn. Like 5.2gr at 1.110 Iirc... Also shot some 124gr HSM plrn, and Speer GDHP115gr. Seems a little sooty on the lighter end. Just started using WSF but havent shot them yet so I can't really give any feedback on that. I have TG, and H110 I haven't used yet.
     
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    I use True Blue in my 9x19 loads at present. But I’ve used Unique, W231, Accurate #5 and probably a couple others.

    I mostly load 115 and 125 grain RN bullets, jacketed, plated, and cast. What ever I have access to.

    Many good powder suggestions already mentioned.

    I like loading my own practice ammunition versus buying cheap, surplus stuff. I do buy hollow point ammunition for defense but that is premium ammunition. My reloads shoot similarly as the hollow points so I do not need to shoot too much of the premuim ammunition for practice.
     
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    Many have reported that CFE-P burns cleaner at or near the high end of pressure. That is what I have found to be the case.
     
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    I load and shoot a lot of 9mm and 45acp. And I don't like a lot of different powders in the cabinet. I use Bullseye for both. Bullseye shoots better than I do.
     
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    Been loading 9mm for better than 25 years and most of it using bullseye, but now I’m hooked on BE-86. I have used almost 15 pounds in 9mm alone loading jacketed, plated, and mainly cast and coated lead. There is a big thread on here about BE-86, it’s worth the read.
     
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    Kind of a rookie since I’ve only been loading 9mm for a few months.

    Although I have Bullseye, W231, W244, Titegroup, Zip, Siouloutte, I’ve been using HS6. Not saying it’s the best but I can’t double drop a charge because it fills the case and I’m new to a progressive.

    But my 2 lbs are almost gone so do I go to my old W540, or move on?

    Thinking I’ll go to Titegroup since I have the most of that.
     
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    I like 4.5g Bullseye with 115 Berry's plated. Also have gotten impressive accuracy with 6g Power Pistol and Everglades Ammo 115 JHP's
     
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    Use up that old 540 while it's still good. By all means, confirm with some older printed data, but I believe it is identical to HS-6.
     
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    I've had good success with HP38/W231 and Universal with XTreme and Berry's plated 9mm bullets. BUT reloading 9mm is such a PITA with those tiny tapered cases that I shoot and reload it as little as possible. o_O
     
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  20. alfsauve

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    I put off reloading 9mm for a long time because I thought it would be hard what that it's so "tiny". Turns out it's easy to load and fun. I stopped early last year because it was so cheap to buy, but am, obviously back at it.

    Plated bullets are great. I mainly use XTreme, but the other brands are good too.

    I favor Power Pistol and HS-6.
     
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  21. GeoDudeFlorida

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    Last time I bought 9mm was 2002/03 - post Y2K glut - and I stacked it so deep I didn’t need to bother reloading it. I started back before the plandemic restocking supplies for 9mm because I was given a bunch of brass. Now I reload it by the small box for plinking and varmint control. I saw a long thread on WST for 9mm and it looks like a interesting project. If you have any, give it a try.
     
  22. mmb617

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    I use Titegroup for my 9mm plinking rounds mainly because it's cheap. I can load about 1600 rounds from one pound of it so it's less than 2 cents per round.
     
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  23. call1911

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    You can't go wrong with Vihtavuori N320 and N340.
    You should be able to load almost all bullets (form or weight) with both.
     
  24. gifbohane

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    I have used HS-6 and mostly HP 38 with much success. I used RSR 115 grain bullets.
     
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  25. Soonerpesek

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    Alliant Sport Pistol.
    147gr HiTek coated LRN from SNS.
    Been a good combo for me...:)
     
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