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Old July 30, 2008, 04:35 PM   #1
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best load - 9MM

I just purchased a Dillon 500B set up for 9MM, my first venture into metalic loading.
I have been reloading shotshells for 10years, and have found my favorite loads. I am sure there are many thoughts on 9mm lugar.

What is the best load for 9MM target? I am thinking 115 or 124 Gr. FMJ.

In 9MM, I have a Glock 19, a Baretta 92 and a Baretta Storm. For whatever reason, I shoot the glock the most!!!!

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Old July 30, 2008, 04:45 PM   #2
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115gr fmj shot best out of my G19, while 124gr fmj shot better from my CZ75.
Just gotta see what your gun likes. A starting load of Power Pistol works for me(Even a slightly reduced load)
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Old July 30, 2008, 04:53 PM   #3
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My BHP really likes maximum loads of Green Dot or Bullseye, but work up to it (don't start at the max.) "Promo" is also a good powder for lighter loads and it's tremendously cheap to shoot.

9mm is very sensitive to overall length and seating depth, so find the length that feeds most reliably in your gun with the bullet you pick, then work up the load using that OAL with that bullet. If you buy a different brand of bullet or a different nose configuration, you get to start over again.
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Old July 30, 2008, 07:21 PM   #4
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I just purchased a Dillon 500B set up for 9MM, my first venture into metalic loading. I have been reloading shotshells for 10years, and have found my favorite loads. I am sure there are many thoughts on 9mm lugar.

What is the best load for 9MM target? I am thinking 115 or 124 Gr. FMJ.
Congrats on the Dillon...fine machine, you're gonna' love it. To the question, there really is no "best" load. More often than not, you'll reach optimal accuracy before reaching maximum velocity. I shoot primarily indoors so I look for low-smoke | low-flash in addition to accuracy and if I can get that in moderate loads, so much the better.

The below all shoot very clean, none are max loads (some very soft), taper crimped @ .377 and use either Winchester or Federal Small Pistol Primers. Other than the single entry for Power Pistol, all are either low flash or no flash even, indoors. All are more accurate than I can shoot in my guns. FWIW, WSF and Silhouette are both beautiful powders in 9MM.

115 Grain Rainier Plated RN – OAL: 1.156
5.2 Grains Winchester WSF
6.1 Grains VihtaVuori 3-N-37

115 Grain Nosler JHP – OAL: 1.098
4.8 Grains Vihta Vuori N-330
5.9 Grains Ramshot Silhouette

115 Grain Hornady XTP – OAL: 1.08
4.8 Grains Vihta Vuori N-330

115 Grain Montana Gold JHP – OAL: 1.104
5.5 Grains Winchester WSF
5.9 Grains Ramshot Silhouette
5.0 Grains Vihta Vuori N-330
6.4 Grains Alliant Power Pistol

115 Grain Montana Gold CMJ - OAL: 1.135
5.3 Grains Winchester WSF
5.8 Grains Vihta Vuori 3-N-37
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Old July 30, 2008, 08:12 PM   #5
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D., Whay all 115gr. Is there a drawback to 124g. or are you just keeping it simple?
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Old July 30, 2008, 08:37 PM   #6
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D., Whay all 115gr. Is there a drawback to 124g. or are you just keeping it simple?
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No draw-back to the 124's, just keeping it cheap.
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Old July 30, 2008, 08:50 PM   #7
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I've been loading 115gr. plated with 5.6 gr. of Power Pistol. Nice combo in my XD9 Service.

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Old July 31, 2008, 05:35 AM   #8
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It is going to depend on you firearm. What it likes it will let you know. Just do a few of each load and see. Not a problem just part of the joy of firearm reloading/ownership.
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Old July 31, 2008, 03:16 PM   #9
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I prefer a 124 grain bullet - Montana Gold CMJ 124 gr / Hodgdon TiteGroup powder at 4.3 grains - and I use CCI primers.

I shoot a variety of 9mm's - Sig 226, Wilson Combat 1911's, Les Baer 1911, Kimber 1911 - etc - and I find this load very accurate in all of my 9's.

TiteGroup meters well, is clean and consistent. A CMJ bullet smokes a little less than a FMJ bullet - and I shoot primarily at an indoor range.

Get a Dillon Case Gague - to check all your rounds as you box them up / it'll help identify a case with a small undetected crack or a resizing issue - so you won't have a feeding problem / and it checks for overall length as well. If a round drops in and out of a case gague / it should feed well. Enjoy the Dillon 550 - its a good press.
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Old July 31, 2008, 09:15 PM   #10
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Congrats on the 550b. Love mine. When developing a new load, I make 10-15+ rounds of each "variant", enough so that I can shoot a few out of each gun of that caliber. Usually, what works great for one works for all of them.

I do this because of a S&W 39-2 that used to be very sensitive to it's diet. No need to make up many hundreds of rounds to find that one of the guns in your collection won't eat them.......

I use too many types of bullets to list them all, FMJs and LCNs. Haven't had the guts yet to run the LCNs thru the G17. It only gets fed FMJs.
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Old July 31, 2008, 11:43 PM   #11
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My Glock liked 5.0 gr. of Bullseye and a 115 gr. FMJ bullet. I've used CCI and Winchester small pistol primers; they both work fine.

FMJ bullets cycle the most reliably, 115 gr. bullets are cheaper and shorter and kick less. Since they're shorter, one doesn't have to worry as much about seating them too deeply and increasing the pressure accidentally. (many 9mm loads are compressed to begin with, which yields higher pressure, especially so with heavier, longer bullets)

Bullets are the most expensive component in reloading, next to brass. But they can't be reused like brass, so they add up quickly. 115 FMJ is the cheapest of all the FMJ bullets. I tried 147 gr. also, but wasn't able to get the same accuracy as I was with 115 gr. out of my Glock 34.
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Old August 1, 2008, 07:59 PM   #12
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Magtech 124 gr. FMJ 3.6 gr. Bullseye, I can group 1" at 75 yards standing on one leg shooting one handed with my cap on backwards with a CZ 75 B SS.with a 9mm.
I can only do this when no one else is around, I could never figure this out.
Oh, well so be it.
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Old August 3, 2008, 03:56 PM   #13
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Montana Gold or other fmj 124/125 gr and American Select 4.6 grains oal 1.090. This is Sierra's accuracy load and I have had good success with it. Mild enough for older pistols you want to go easy with, like a P38 for those who worry about stuff like that.
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Old August 3, 2008, 04:02 PM   #14
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"Best"

121g Hornady, 6.0g Power Pistol.

(I prefer bullet weights greater than 115g due to increased bullet length, aiding case neck tension, and longer rifling engagement surface. The only 115g bullets I'll currently load are high-velocity special-purpose HP. For accuracy I found 124g and heavier best, but Bullseye-discipline shooters are choosing the $ Hornady. I use weights ranging from the 115g up to 151g, in lead, plated, and jacketed).

Try any decent 124g FMJ, OAL 1.130--1.155", CCI500, 5.1--5.7g Power Pistol.

My personal current most-used 'target' 9x19 load: 131g LRN, OAL 1.135", CCI500 (or WSP; I use many of both), 5.1g WAP.
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Old August 3, 2008, 10:40 PM   #15
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So far, the Speer Gold Dot 147 gr has been the most accurate I have shot with my 9mm Glock. But those are factory loads and I have not yet loaded any by hand. I would be using HS-6 though, which the Speer Manual lists as 5.0gr - 5.6gr and Lyman's 48th edition as 4.8gr to 5.8.
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Old August 4, 2008, 06:58 AM   #16
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I use 4.6 grains of Bullseye for 115 grain Hornady fmj's or hollow points...it appears to be a good load for me.
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Old August 5, 2008, 08:07 PM   #17
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I've settled on 124gr FMJ using 3.9 grains of Bullseye. Nice and accurate in a SW5906. Try a few of the recommendations and have fun. Start low and increase gradually. Definitely confirm them all with a good reloading manual.
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Old November 1, 2008, 04:08 PM   #18
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sorry for bringing up an old post but

does anyone have any "good" recipes for 9mm using Promo powder?
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Old November 1, 2008, 04:23 PM   #19
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does anyone have any "good" recipes for 9mm using Promo powder?
(PM sent) Every gun has its own preferences for what is "good", so you'll have to find your own. Use Red Dot data and work up. Here's a good place to start:

http://www.thehighroad.us/attachment...3&d=1216513445

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