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Old January 20, 2012, 10:41 AM   #1
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9mm luger load

I will be starting to load 9mm tonight. I have loaded 45 and 40 S&W just fine. I plan to use CCI primers, bullseye powder, 115 gr bullets and i am looking at doing 4.2 gr of powder. Tell me what you guys think or what your loads are please.

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Old January 20, 2012, 11:25 AM   #2
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I just loaded 50 starting loads for a CZ 75B and an STI Trojan 9mm. I had a heck of a time getting my oal correct to cycle manually through the cz (dummy rounds). I think I ended up with a very short 1.065 in the end. Loaded 3.5gn of unique under a 120gn TC cast and test fired 2 rounds each to make sure they would cycle on their own, and plan on shooting 25 through each gun this wknd and will adjust the load appropriately. Hopefully this will be sufficient with little to no leading. If any problems I will try 3.7-4.0 gn loads next.
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Old January 20, 2012, 11:28 AM   #3
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What is the bullet? FMJ, Lead, Etc?

What is your OAL?

Lots of missing information to know if this is a safe load.

If it is a FMJ and your OAL is reasonable (start long 1.15" for example). It should be a decent load. Can't hurt to go lower though, there is a lot of data with starting loads in the high 3s for bullseye.
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Old January 20, 2012, 11:30 AM   #4
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They will be loaded to 1.14 in OAL and the bullets are berrys plated 115 gn.
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Old January 20, 2012, 11:45 AM   #5
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The starting load is 3.5 gr of Bullseye.
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Old January 20, 2012, 11:56 AM   #6
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I've been loading Hodgdon Universal or Hodgdon Titegroup in 9mm ( mostly Universal lately ) - for both a 115gr and 124gr - either Berry's plated bullets or Montana Gold ...mostly Montana Gold bullets lately ....

I shoot a lot of 9mm ...so I keep 50 or 60 boxes loaded up most of the time...and some of the grandkids go thru it like water...

9mm is easy to load...

as long as you're following a published recipe - you should be fine.
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Old January 20, 2012, 12:19 PM   #7
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My practice 9 mm load is 4.0 gr of Bullseye w/ a Rainier 115 gr RN. It works quite nicely in my CZ75BD.
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Old January 20, 2012, 11:05 PM   #8
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FYI...Look at the burn rate for Bullseye. It's an extremely fast burning powder. 9mm has very little room in the case between powder and bullet. This means pressure increases quickly if your round is short, or it sets back during feeding.

Would suggest something a little slower. Hodgdon HS6, Unique, and Power Pistol are excellent choices.
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Old January 21, 2012, 12:03 AM   #9
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For 9mm light loads: Medium-fast powder for heavier bullets (124gr @ 1050'/sec -147gr @ 900) A little slower powder for lighter bullets (115gr @ 1130'/sec).

Slow powders (HS-6, Blue Dot, etc) don't burn efficiently with light loads in 9mm.
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Old January 21, 2012, 10:28 AM   #10
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FYI...Look at the burn rate for Bullseye. It's an extremely fast burning powder. 9mm has very little room in the case between powder and bullet. This means pressure increases quickly if your round is short, or it sets back during feeding.
Setback is going to be a problem with any powder. Slow powders don't like it either.
With light bullets, Bullseye has a broad enough operating range. Most of the Bullseye loads posted are fairly mild, which is also one of it's pluses, it burns pretty well and doesn't get weird at lower operating pressures.
Bullseye is not a good choice for higher power loading or for heavier bullet (IMHO) because the operating range gets small fast and you reach the point of diminishing returns quite quickly.
Within it's limits, it's a very good powder. FWIW, with 147 gr or full steam 115 gr, I use Unique or HS-6.
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Old January 21, 2012, 12:06 PM   #11
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My load is 4>4.5grs Bullseye under a 115 JHP (bulk purchase). You're load sounds ok, but why not back off to 4grs. to start? If your just using for informal shooting/practice, all you need is reliable slide operation. I have no experience with Berry's plated, do they recomend to use starting loads for lead bullets ???
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Old January 21, 2012, 01:28 PM   #12
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So after looking in my book I went with the 115 gr berrys plated bullets. I went with 4.2 gr of powder because the book says to start with that. Do you guys see any problems with that before I take them to the range? The oal is 1.135.
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Old January 22, 2012, 05:41 AM   #13
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I love BE in 9mm. IMO the only downsides are

1. It can be easy to double charge a case and not notice.
2. As noted above about fast burning and pressure spikes I stay away from near max loads.

PAY ATTENTION TO WHAT YOU ARE DOING!

According to Alliant Data for Bullseye the max load is

4.7gr Bullseye - 115 gr Speer GDHP - COL:1.125 - Primer:CCI 500
Scource: http://www.alliantpowder.com/reloade...1&cartridge=23

A good starting place would be 10% less than max so 4.23 is your starting load for that bullet weight.

If it were me I would make 10 rounds each with 4.1gr, 4.3gr and 4.4 gr in addition to the starting load you already have so you have something to gauge accuracy/reliability/recoil with.

My pistols seem to prefer 1.14 - 1.15.

Your crimp should be .376 to .378.

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