The Firing Line Forums

Go Back   The Firing Line Forums > The Skunkworks > Handloading, Reloading, and Bullet Casting

Thread Tools
Old September 7, 2012, 09:58 PM   #1
Join Date: July 17, 2011
Posts: 96
9mm +P+ Reload Data

Where can I find data on reloading a 9mm for use in my Rugar PC4 rifle? It fires regular reloads just fine, but since it is rated for +P+, I'd like to do up some hotter loads in 147gr bullet weight. It feels like I'm shooting a .22 with the 115gr or 124 Barry's.
Sergeant is offline  
Old September 7, 2012, 10:02 PM   #2
Brian Pfleuger
Join Date: June 25, 2008
Location: Central, Southern NY, USA
Posts: 18,791
There is no standard for +P+

+P is 10% over standard SAAMI max, which is 35,000psi, so +P is 38,500psi.

+P+ is more than that, how much more, there is no standard.
Still happily answering to the call-sign Peetza.
The problem, as you so eloquently put it, is choice.
-The Architect
He is no fool who gives what he can not keep to gain what he can not lose.
-Jim Eliott, paraphrasing Philip Henry.
Brian Pfleuger is offline  
Old September 7, 2012, 10:40 PM   #3
Join Date: July 17, 2011
Posts: 96
I guess the actual beauty of the +p+ rating than, would be I could load to the max powder weight without much worry. My normal habit is to always stay 10% under max.
Sergeant is offline  
Old September 7, 2012, 11:19 PM   #4
Mac Sidewinder
Join Date: March 2, 2012
Posts: 75
If you are talking about Berry's Plated bullets, I would be careful how fast you are trying to push them. They really are only made for mid power loads (under 1200 fps, 1450 if thick plated).

Mac Sidewinder is offline  
Old September 7, 2012, 11:23 PM   #5
Senior Member
Join Date: December 21, 2004
Posts: 520
get some powerpistol
ditch the plated bullets they wont hold up to the velocities.
Divided and conquered, Gripped by fear
Wishful thinking that it can't happen here
It's well underways but nobody knows
A repeat of history, That's how it goes
MrApathy is offline  
Old September 7, 2012, 11:35 PM   #6
Join Date: July 17, 2011
Posts: 96
Thanks for the advice on the bullets. I cast my own for various cowboy action guns, but figured with my 9mm carbine, would be best to use plated. May be a good idea to use my friends chrono and see what the velocities are with various test loads, since the barrel length is 16 inch. I did not know about the Barry's being soft.

Last edited by Sergeant; September 8, 2012 at 12:21 AM.
Sergeant is offline  
Old September 9, 2012, 07:17 AM   #7
Join Date: July 17, 2011
Posts: 96
I heard that pistol powder meters good and takes up a little less physical space that unique. Will try some and see.
Sergeant is offline  
Old September 9, 2012, 07:40 AM   #8
Senior Member
Join Date: January 27, 2010
Location: Norfolk, VA
Posts: 2,905
I like Power Pistol in .380 and .40 (I don't reload 9mm yet). It's a little snappy, and I get a lot of muzzle flash, but I think that's mostly because I'm using it with short-barreled pistols. But I get accurate loads with it, and it meters well.

Most of the recommended PP loads are significantly heavier than loads using other powders, so it's probably not as economical.
ScottRiqui is offline  

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:11 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
This site and contents, including all posts, Copyright © 1998-2015 S.W.A.T. Magazine
Copyright Complaints: Please direct DMCA Takedown Notices to the registered agent:
Contact Us
Page generated in 0.05933 seconds with 9 queries