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Thread: 9mm under 900 FPS?

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    Boolit Mold
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    Portland, OR

    9mm under 900 FPS?

    The indoor range I belong to requires lead bullets @ 900 fps or less at the 50í range. Easy enough for my 45acp, but for the life of me, I canít find a load for my 9mm. Looked at the load data sticky here, but no joy. Figure it would have to be a heavy (145 gr +) bullet to have enough back pressure to eject the brass, but am not sure. Anyone know of a spot that would have my info? PMs with pet loads that meet the criteria accepted. Thanks ahead of time.


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    Boolit Master Thumbcocker's Avatar
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    East Central Illinois
    Lyman loading manual with 147 grain data.
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    Boolit Master Grmps's Avatar
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    slower - heavier

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    Boolit Master
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    145 grain Lead RN (Round Nose)
    * No. 2 3.7 gr. 893

    147 grain FMJ or JHP
    * Universal 3.7 gr. 851
    No. 2 4.0 gr. 888

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    Boolit Master tazman's Avatar
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    west central Illinois
    The hodgdon data site shows a few loads for 125grain and heavier using starting loads. Most are with 147grain Bullets
    Last edited by tazman; 07-13-2018 at 07:36 PM.

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    Boolit Master

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    You might look at the websites for bullseye pistol, there may be some "soft ball" loads for the 9mm they use in matches. But you may need to use a lighter recoil spring in the pistol with these loads.

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    Boolit Buddy
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    Central Iowa
    Any starting load with a 140-147 grain bullet should be fine. It depends on the gun but there's a good chance you can go even a bit lower than the starting load and the gun will still function.

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    Boolit Master Outpost75's Avatar
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    over the hill, out in the woods and far away
    I load 147-grain bullets with 3.2 grains of Bullseye, very accurate in SIG P320 and cycle reliably.
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    Boolit Master GhostHawk's Avatar
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    Fargo ND
    I recently tested my Hipoint C9 pistol with 8 rounds of 125 gr rnfp over 2.5 grains of Red Dot.

    You'd have to chrono them but that is half a grain below start.

    Pistol ran like a champ, accuracy was ok, mostly out of practice with it.

    I actually screwed up and shot them backwards. 8 low cast rounds followed by 5 federal factory loads.

    Should have shot the federals first.

    Recoil and muzzle blast was significantly less with the light loads. I then came home and loaded up 100 like that, labeled in their own box.

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    If I recall correctly my 156gr flat point on top of 3.3gr wsf averaged 814 from a g17 and shot very well and functioned perfectly in multiple glocks from a little 43 to a 34.

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