If it helps perspecvi wise, I tend not to start at the lowest load for a semi auto.
They do not eject right and some not at all.
And as long as its a safe mid load, I would not hesitate to do the jump you did when you found that Alvinia low load was not working.
Part of the accuracy of a semi auto is the slide cycling reliably and getting the bullet seated in the chamber the same for the next round.
There is a contention that the first bullet seated from a new mag using the slide release is going to be off from an auto shot seating and serious shooting will shoot the berm with that round first and then shoot for accuracy..
Once I get up to the 75% level then I do get cautious on the loads (new pistols).