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Old April 12, 2013, 08:19 PM   #1
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Newbie's first 9mm reloads

Being the overly cautious one that I am would someone please confirm what I've put together?

Berry's Preferred Plated 9mm (.356) 115gr RN
4.9 gr unique
cci #500 sm pistol
OAL 1.165
Sellier & Bellot once fired brass

A whopping first production run of 5 rounds

Thanks in advance for the double check and the magnitude of information that you all share on the forum.
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Old April 12, 2013, 08:59 PM   #2
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not bad.

i use a shorter OAL for 115gr bullets. I stick with 1.100"

5 rounds only? You single staging them?
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Old April 12, 2013, 09:28 PM   #3
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No on the single stage, I'm using a lee classic turret.

Why only five? After bumping the box of bullets with my elbow and having them cascade like copper drops of rain all over the damn place I though it might be a good idea to call it a night. Plus I had some adult beverages calling my name from the upstairs fridge.

Thanks for the input.
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Old April 13, 2013, 05:50 PM   #4
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Old April 13, 2013, 07:48 PM   #5
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Remove the barrel from your pistol and with the muzzle pointed down, drop a round into the chamber and you should hear a "PLUNK" sound. This is called the "PLUNK" test. You should also be able to spin the cartridge freely while it's in the chamber. This will prove that your OACL isn't too long for YOUR pistol's chamber. If the load doesn't pass the test, you need to shorten the OACL until it does.
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Old April 13, 2013, 07:57 PM   #6
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Good for you

I did about the same thing this past Winter.

I made 5 different loads of 5 each.
I didn't want to throw away hard found materials to a load I didn't like.
I also have to drive 1 hour to test so I wanted to learn as much as I could.

It won't take long to home in on loads you like.
It is a blast and feels good to have the knowledge to roll yer own.
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Old April 13, 2013, 08:09 PM   #7
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The only other suggestion I have is to check your rounds for setback. This is to make sure you didn't reduce neck tension during the expanding step. If you did this could dramatically increase the peak pressure when you fire the round due to the bullet being driven deeper in the case when the round chambers.
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Old April 14, 2013, 11:18 PM   #8
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sounds perfectly safe from here

Too long. Maybe.....(I run 115s between 1.080" to 1.135", based on bullet). Your magazine and gun will 'inform' you on the correctness of your OAL.

Your charge is very safe (figure a 115g can take 5.5g Unique as perhaps a more reliably functioning charge weight).

Push the cartridge bullet-first into your immoveable bench; the cartridge should not shorten, even against body weight pushing.
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Old April 15, 2013, 09:26 PM   #9
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thanks all for the knowledge. I came up the the OAL 1.165 since I've been shooting the S&B factory rounds recently and they work really well in my PPQ.

I'll go through a couple of the suggestions before letting them fly.
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Old April 15, 2013, 09:51 PM   #10
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Too long. Maybe.....(I run 115s between 1.080" to 1.135", based on bullet)
The range of OAL listed in manuals goes from 1.010" to the SAAMI max of 1.169". All of the WWB I have checked are at the max of 1.169" and they seem to run pretty well in a wide variety of pistols. You can adjust your length, just make sure you adjust your powder charge to compensate.
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