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Old August 4, 2012, 02:53 PM   #1
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Range Report: My First Reloads

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Caliber: 9mm
Bullet: Hornady XTP 124gr
Brass: Mixed from my shooting before reloading
Primer: Win. Small Pistol
Powder: Power Pistol
Powder Weights: 4.3gr, 4.6gr, 4.9gr and 5.3gr
OAL: 1.105"

Just got done shooting my first reloads. I loaded 4 sets of 10, in incremental charge increases. Shot 5 shots of each set through my two main 9mm pistols(226 and m&p 9c). Checked for pressure signs in the brass after each set, everything looks good. It was quite satisfying to rounds I had prepared myself, even more so that nothing bad or horrible happened.

On the super bright side, my last and highest charged loading subjectively recreates the feel of my chosen SD loading. So I will just need to work back to that when I buy new bullets in bulk.

I am officially hooked and look forward to loading many more rounds.
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Old August 4, 2012, 03:11 PM   #2
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Sounds good. It is satisfying to do it all your self. Keep it up. Be safe.
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Old August 4, 2012, 04:33 PM   #3
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Old August 4, 2012, 04:40 PM   #4
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i run 124s FMJs with PP ,
I have settled on 5.2G with an OAL of 1.14..Its hot
but not too hot

experiment with some other recipes youll find
its allot of fun and way more accurate than dept store junk
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Old August 4, 2012, 04:41 PM   #5
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Santa is going to come early, by Oct my fun fund should be replenished. Going back to school this fall has me tapped out for awhile though. Darn you tuition!
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Old August 4, 2012, 04:42 PM   #6
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It’s fun isn’t it. Good luck and be safe.
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Old August 4, 2012, 05:04 PM   #7
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Old August 13, 2012, 03:05 PM   #8
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OUCH! Buying Hornady XTP bullets for loading 9mm is, IMO, wayyyy to expensive unless your Uncle is Steve or Joyce Hornady.

It's a darn fine bullet and has a well-deserved reputation for accuracy. But they are hella expensive, and though 9mm is absolutely worth handloading -- it's still the single cheapest factory centerfire ammo on the planet. If you continue to make handloads with XTP bullets, your costs are going to approach the cheap factory ammo. Your ammo will be BETTER, but your savings won't be a lot.

Hey, I'm absolutely fine with that if you are also -- but for most folks needs, an expensive and high-performing bullet is not typically called for in 9mm.

Start looking for some cheaper slugs...and welcome to the wonderful world of handloading!
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Old August 13, 2012, 03:15 PM   #9
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I picked up the XTP because they were available at a store near me. I intend to switch to something like delta precision bullets when I'm ready to order in bulk.
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