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Old October 16, 2011, 11:05 AM   #1
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9mm Power Pistol Loads

Hi all, quick question. My 9mm is in the shop, but I have a new press and a ton of materials, and an empty house free of the wife. I'm anxious to get a lot of reloading done, but I can't test out my loads.

I am looking for a LOW END load, all it has to do is go bang and hit the piece of paper where I'm aiming, out to maybe 15 yards. I made 20 rounds with 115gr bullets and 6.0gr of Power Pistol to try out, but I want to get some more done while I have the time.

My only concern is whether this load will be strong enough to reliably cycle my gun. I'm sure accuracy will be sufficient for now. Alliant lists max load for this at 6.7gr. Obviously there are no safety concerns, just whether I will waste a lot of materials making a round that doesn't work.

Am I good to keep making this load considering I am looking for passing accuracy and reliable cycling? I'm hesitant to step up the power until I test.
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Old October 16, 2011, 03:19 PM   #2
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I have a load of 6.2 P.P. with 115gr JHP and it is plenty strong to throw the cases out of my 96fs's. My next batch loading will be 6.0gr so you are good to go.
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Old October 16, 2011, 04:33 PM   #3
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ive loaded quite a few so far with the suggested load of 5.0 and then 5.3 gr of pp under 124gr rn cast boolit. This is what the lyman 49th book suggests and i think i saw something similar in the lee book as well but dont swear me to it. a lighter bullet can always be substituted but not a heavier one. this is what ill go with till i shoot em up and if no problems i might stay with it.
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Old October 16, 2011, 06:24 PM   #4
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Thanks. I went ahead and made 80 more so I have 100 for when the gun comes back from Ruger. Goin to the range with only 20 rounds to shoot is just wrong

Its looking like I won't really save any money by reloading, I'll just shoot more!
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Old October 16, 2011, 07:10 PM   #5
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Its looking like I won't really save any money by reloading, I'll just shoot more!
Well???? how much would you have spent if you had to buy 100 commercial rounds? I know it's not that much on 9mm but you don't have to wait for your LGS to stock up what you want. That is really the benefit of reloading. Besides a couple of years ago it was easier to find Hen's Teeth than 9mm.


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Old October 16, 2011, 08:46 PM   #6
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Yeah, for some reason I can't seem to find .38spl anywhere around here, and everywhere that has it, it is 40¢ a round for the really low end stuff. I'm loading it for 14¢ a round. 9mm isn't as significant, but I'm planning on loading .45ACP soon and I suspect that will be a huge savings.
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Old October 16, 2011, 08:54 PM   #7
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My favorite load in 9mm is:

124gr Montana Gold CMJ
5.7gr Power Pistol
CCI primer
1.131 COAL

It is a very accurate load, at least in my Sig P226. Picture below is 30 rounds at 20 feet.
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Old October 16, 2011, 09:02 PM   #8
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Fired 30 test rds. a couple weeks ago with 2 different bullet types and 3 different powder charges with each bullet all at the same target. They all cycled with no issues and pretty much all shot to the same POI. Pistol was previously sighted in with 115 gr. RN and FP bullets,I've pretty much settled on using the 124 gr. weight in plated and FMJ bullets as well as cast when my mold comes next week.
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Old October 16, 2011, 09:38 PM   #9
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Power Pistol seems to be the perfect powder for 9mm.I think every bullet I tried using it, shot real good.To bad I can't stand the sharp recoil it has on the bigger calibers(I have a messed up right wrist so the sharper the recoil the more it hurts),it usually shot good in those too.
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Old October 17, 2011, 11:14 AM   #10
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Agreed, Jeff. I first started using PP with my 9mm because I can also use it for my 40 S&W and .38 Special. Works great in all 3.
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Old October 18, 2011, 04:45 AM   #11
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Power Pistol works well in 380, 9x19, 38 Special, 38 Super, 9x21, 9x23, 357 Magnum, 40 S&W, 10mm, 41 Magnum, 44 Magnum, 45 ACP, and 45 Colt.

IME it is optimum in 9x19, 40 S&W, and 45 ACP+P.
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