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Pros & cons for 9mm bullet molds

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by SSN Vet, Dec 2, 2012.

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  1. SSN Vet

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    Truncated cone vs. Double ogive round nose...

    Thinking ~125 gr.
     
  2. 918v

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    I would get a 38/357 125gr TC mold. A 9mm mold won't cast large enough to size to .358" or .359" which you'll prolly need to seal the freebore.

    What gun are you using?
     
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    I have used the lee TC and 2R two cavity bullet molds in that weight class. I noticed that I could seat the bullets a little longer with the TC design than what I could with the RN. I couldnt get the bullets to drop large enough with the TC mold, so I parted ways with it. Both had the regular lube groves. My 9mms like bullets sized to .358, and the Lee RN dropped them big enough. Size and seat them right and you should not have any problems either way.
     
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    most of my 9mm shooting is with a BHP

    I'll have to slug the barrel what I come up with.

    I don't think I can use a OO 12 ga. pellot for that in 9mm....

    Any recommendations?
     
  5. 918v

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    Take a lead bullet. Place it on a hard surface. Smack it in the nose with a hammer until the shank increases in diameter to about .360" and load it into an empty case. Take your dummy round and insert it into the chamber. It won't chamber. Tap it into the chamber with a mallet. Then drive it out with a cleaning tod. Measure the freebore imprint on the bullet shank. This is the size you'll need.
     
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    I guess it's going to be a chicken - egg thing....

    I need to slug to know what I need for a mold to cast a bullet.

    I need a cast bullet to mush and slug.

    I've got 30 call boolits .... but that's a lot of mushin'

    Maybe it's time to hammer forge a wheel weight :neener:
     
  7. oldandslow

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    ssn, 12/4/12


    The easiest way to get a soft chunk of lead to slug your barrel is to go to your local sports store and buy a small, round lead fishing weight.

    I've used both the Lee 125 grain round ogive mold and an Accurate Molds truncated mold in 9mm. The round ogive on the Lee was too fat and forced me to load the cartridges really short to get it to chamber correctly. The truncated cone mold worked much better.

    One website you should look at for casting and shooting lead bullets is www.castboolits.gunloads.com. It's a great site.

    best wishes- oldandslow
     
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