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Old 01-07-2017, 07:10 AM
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9mm projectiles

I'm setting up to load 9mm and need to order some projectiles. Having never loaded 9mm, I know I'll need to try a few different brands but want to narrow the field a bit with your help. These will just be for targets- paper and steel.

Any advantage to certain weights? 124gr is where I thought to start.

your thoughts on plated/fmj vs coated lead in 9mm? (I use coated in .45 already so I'm comfortable loading with it.)
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Old 01-07-2017, 07:24 AM
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I like they way these shoot. I'm loading them with 3.8gr of WSF and a OAL of 1.155 which works in my Range Officer but won't fit my barrel in my M&P. The barrel in the RO has a nice leade and will except long lead bullets.

http://www.summersenterprisesllc.com...-145gr-800.htm

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Old 01-07-2017, 07:33 AM
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I am a big fan of Summer Enterprise and order my 45 swc from Donny.
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Old 01-07-2017, 07:59 AM
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My limited (2 yr) experience points to JHP's as the most accurate 9mm bullet in my RO9 and SW 986. I've only used 115's but heard 124's are a good choice. Everglades has 100 ct. packs of many styles. I used those to settle on the JHP and now shoot Montana Gold and HAP's for bullseye handload experiments. I guess I should just use what the masters use but that wouldn't be any fun.
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Old 01-07-2017, 08:00 AM
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I load a lot of 9mm each year and use Berry's plated 124g HBFN for all my target loads. Cabela's put them on sale a few times a year and I will buy a few thousand at a time when they do. I shoot them through all my 1911's and have never had any problems with feeding or accuracy.


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Old 01-07-2017, 08:02 AM
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I've tried a number of different 9mm and 45 bullets from Rocky Mountain Reloading, both plated and fmj. All have shot quite satisfactorily in my S&W M&Ps and RIA 9mm 1911.
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Old 01-07-2017, 08:30 AM
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Precision Delta makes good 9mm projectiles
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Old 01-07-2017, 08:50 AM
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I followed advice from my reloading Guru and I have stuck with 124/125 grain projectiles in 9mm for the past 30+ years. I use the coated SWC in my 45 but I have not found a coated bullet that performs as well as jacketed/plated 9mm bullets that I have been using but I am still looking.

I have had good success with the 124gr FMJ bullets from Rocky Mountain Reloading ($85 shipped/1k). I have also have had good results with their Hardcore plated($81 shipped/1k).
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Old 01-07-2017, 08:56 AM
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9mm can be every bit as accurate as 45acp, under the right circumstances (load, gun, shooter). I have gotten excellent accuracy with 115gr and 122/124/125gr bullets. But the best I've ever gotten was with 147gr JHP's.

I like Power Pistol for 9mm. I use (about) 6.0 grains for 115gr bullets, 5.6-5.8gr for 124ish grain bullets, and 5.0 for 147gr bullets.

Also use Titegroup/Bullseye/Solo 1000 in some 9mm loads. With those powders it's about 4.2-4.4gr for the 115's, 3.9-4.1gr for the 124's, and 3.7-3.8gr for the 147's.

I get my best accuracy with PP.
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Old 01-07-2017, 09:53 AM
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I've had very good luck with 125's from the Blue Bullets. When you buy them by the case the cost per round is one of the best (free shipping by the case) and they work well for me in both 1911's and Glock's.
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Old 01-07-2017, 10:20 AM
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For 9mm I like Bayou coated 147's in front of Power Pistol or Titegroup. (depending on the application)
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Old 01-07-2017, 10:35 AM
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I like Rainier Ballistics plated bullets.
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Old 01-07-2017, 11:37 AM
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Precision Delta makes good 9mm projectiles
+1, consistent quality
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Old 01-07-2017, 11:47 AM
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Precision delta and Rocky Mountain reloading FMJ
Very nice and good price
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Old 01-07-2017, 12:23 PM
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Thanks to all so far- good info and bullets to research!



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9mm can be every bit as accurate as 45acp, under the right circumstances (load, gun, shooter). I have gotten excellent accuracy with 115gr and 122/124/125gr bullets. But the best I've ever gotten was with 147gr JHP's.

I like Power Pistol for 9mm. I use (about) 6.0 grains for 115gr bullets, 5.6-5.8gr for 124ish grain bullets, and 5.0 for 147gr bullets.

Also use Titegroup/Bullseye/Solo 1000 in some 9mm loads. With those powders it's about 4.2-4.4gr for the 115's, 3.9-4.1gr for the 124's, and 3.7-3.8gr for the 147's.

I get my best accuracy with PP.
Thanks for the added load info- I have 3 of the 4 powders you mentioned! (bought pre-election, just in case) Nice to see those choices validated. Although I'm no where near a bullseye shooter!
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Old 01-07-2017, 12:28 PM
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One of the best deals out there and easiest bullet to develop accurate loads is the Precision Delta 124 JHP. When purchased in lots of over 2k they are very economical. LOAD to COAL of 1.10, 5.0 grains of WSF and CCI primer.

This is my all purpose practice/match load. It works well in over a half dozen 9mm's I own.

Load was shared by a commercial reloader.
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Old 01-07-2017, 12:47 PM
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Xtreme 124gr FMJ. Watch for free shipping weekends and stock up.
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Old 01-07-2017, 01:01 PM
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What about RN vs FP? is the FP just a cleaner hole puncher or is there more to it than that?
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Old 01-07-2017, 01:29 PM
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Thanks to all for these loads.
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Old 01-07-2017, 01:38 PM
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Shoot and feed good.

https://www.precisiondelta.com/produ...m-124-jhp.html
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Old 01-07-2017, 02:13 PM
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For 9mm I like Bayou coated 147's in front of Power Pistol or Titegroup. (depending on the application)
I agree with liggett. I just started reloading 9mm and ordered 100ct of each one Bayou Bullets has in the 124-147 grn to try out. Each one worked perfectly fine, but I really liked the 135's and 147's on top of a lower end charge of TiteGroup.
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Old 01-07-2017, 02:21 PM
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What about RN vs FP? is the FP just a cleaner hole puncher or is there more to it than that?
I shoot a lot of 124 / 147 fp in 9mm just for the reason you mention. It cuts a cleaner hole. I also think the FP profile hits steel with a little more authority than RN.

No science at all behind my comment, just my observations.

good luck....
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Old 01-07-2017, 05:08 PM
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These http://www.xtremebullets.com/9mm-124...24rn-b0500.htm are my favorite 9mm bullets.

They are copper plated, not FMJ. I get good results with Hodgdon CFE Pistol.
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Old 01-07-2017, 07:29 PM
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Cabela's had those Xtreme 124s on sale for 35 and change a few weeks ago...I grabbed 1500. Not sure if they still are on sale. Today I got an email from Midway. Berry's 115 gr 9mm for $59.49 per 1000 (not sure what the shipping charge is)
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Old 01-07-2017, 07:31 PM
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It's all about your barrel!

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I'm setting up to load 9mm and need to order some projectiles. Having never loaded 9mm, I know I'll need to try a few different brands but want to narrow the field a bit with your help. These will just be for targets- paper and steel.

Any advantage to certain weights? 124gr is where I thought to start.

your thoughts on plated/fmj vs coated lead in 9mm? (I use coated in .45 already so I'm comfortable loading with it.)

Fletch/:

You failed to mention the 9mm gun that you will be shooting!

One of the issues facing 9mm shooters is the variation in bore diameters SAAMI vs. Euro.

This doesn't seem to be much of a problem with FMJ. Not so much plated but can be a real problem with lead. Even a half a thou. can cause grief!

Case volume can also cause issues as well as COL. with recipes close to max.
Seating a bullet even .010 deeper than the recipe may produce an unsafe overpressure.

Think faster powders for lighter bullets and slower powders for the heavier bullets. Your reloading manual may show pressures so you can use max pressures as a guide.

Also watch for powders that have a narrow safe operating range in 9mm loads. These are especially sensitive to COL. WST comes to mind in some loads.

All the best,
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