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Old May 12, 2006, 03:05 AM   #1
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9mm reloading question

Would not enough gun power cause stove pipes and failure to eject? Also what other factors might cause failure to eject and stove pipes? is offline  
Old May 12, 2006, 04:26 AM   #2
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Now I'm no expert on this matter, but yes, Too little powder will make it stove pipe and not eject. I ran into the same problem when I was loading my 9mm's for a light recoil load. I found that just enough powder to make the slide open and cycle was enough for me.

Other problems I've seen are heavier recoil springs, broken ejectors and all sorts of problems that can make life miserable.

Someone else ought to know more, but that's just my two cents.
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Old May 12, 2006, 06:15 AM   #3
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A powder that is too fast will cause it too.

I experienced those problems once when experimenting with AA#2 for a Glock 17. My loading manual warned that AA#2 might be too fast for some "high performance" 9mm's, so I wasn't surprised when it happened.

I also tried Bullseye. Starting charges of it would cycle the action properly.

For standard power loads in the 9mm, a medium burn rate powder is best. My favorite is Power Pistol.
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Old May 12, 2006, 08:40 AM   #4
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Dirty, rough, or unlubricated gun can cause stovepipes. So can the use of very light bullets.
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Old May 22, 2006, 12:45 PM   #5
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THe best load i came up with for a glock 17 anyway is 6.2 gr of blue dot with a magnum pistol primer and a 115gr bullet of your choosing. Ive shot it with HPs, FMJs lead round nose and flat point and it works just as well in all of them.

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