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Thread: 9mm unique 115 gr fmj

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    9mm unique 115 gr fmj

    New to 9mm looking to see if anyone would share their pet load using this combo.

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    lately I've been hooked on a max load of Blue Dot.

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    Unique is a pretty forgiving powder, it is cleaner at near max loads. Grab your favorite reloading manual and see what it says. I have used plenty of Unique, but generally use 125 grain lead bullets.

    You are just starting out, I would trust the reloading manuals more than the advice some internet person gives. I do not think anybody on this site would purposely give bad advice.

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    I like to use bullseye, cuz I have lots of it. Besides you can load a whole lot of shells with one pound of BE.

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    Alliant didn’t have much data. I own Speer, hornaday, Lyman, rcbs, sierra manuals. I was just if someone here had any experience that they would be willing to share.
    Thanks

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    I would start at 5.0 Unique and work up as high as 6.3, as 6.3 is the max charge in the Alliant Reloader Guide for a Speer Gold Dot HP. I have used 5.0 as a target load with several 9mm bullets.

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    Thanks! Loaded a few at 5.3gr and some at 5.7gr. Fixing to go shoot them.

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    Been giving a WWII era Walther P-38 9mm some load testing and developed a few pet loads :
    These loads can be used with 115 gr. fmj or 120 gr. cast Boolit (Lee #356-120-TC) size boolit to .357"

    4.4 grs. W231/HP38 (same powder) @ 1086 fps.

    4.7 grs. Acc #2 @ 1050 fps.

    5.0 grs. Unique @ 1125 fps .(this is my standard go-to 9mm load)

    These loads are standard pressure and not maximum but cycle the Walther P-38's action reliably and are accurate ... not punishing to old pistol or shooter .
    Hope this helps you out ,
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    Quote Originally Posted by gwpercle View Post
    Been giving a WWII era Walther P-38 9mm some load testing and developed a few pet loads :
    These loads can be used with 115 gr. fmj or 120 gr. cast Boolit (Lee #356-120-TC) size boolit to .357"

    4.4 grs. W231/HP38 (same powder) @ 1086 fps.

    4.7 grs. Acc #2 @ 1050 fps.

    5.0 grs. Unique @ 1125 fps .(this is my standard go-to 9mm load)

    These loads are standard pressure and not maximum but cycle the Walther P-38's action reliably and are accurate ... not punishing to old pistol or shooter .
    Hope this helps you out ,
    Gary
    Thanks for sharing

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    I didnít use unique a lot in 9mm basically because, it didnít meter well from my perfect powder measure. so iíve been running bullseye for my jacketed, plated, and cast rounds.

    However, what load development i did do with Unique is as follows. extreme 124 grain plated RN 4.2 grains. hornady 124 grain XTP 5.6 grains and 4.0 grains in 120 grn lee TC TL mold. it worked good enough if i had to use it again i would. I ran these loads in my sr9c and Sr9E.

    I still have a bit of bullseye and Unique left. Iíve have slowed down on shooting my pistols but, iíve not seen bullseye or unique on the shelves in a while.

    if i run out of bullseye i might have to go to cfe pistol. if i run out of Unique for my cast rifle loads. iím not sure what iím going to do yet.


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    As with gwp, 5.0g works very well with 115-124g bullets. It will cycle any pistol and is not going to blow up a gun. That much Unique will definitely overflow a 9mm case with 10g so you wonít have to worry about accidentally double charging.

    Itís also high enough in pressure to give you a reasonably clean burn as far a Unique goes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gwpercle View Post
    Been giving a WWII era Walther P-38 9mm some load testing and developed a few pet loads :
    These loads can be used with 115 gr. fmj or 120 gr. cast Boolit (Lee #356-120-TC) size boolit to .357"

    4.4 grs. W231/HP38 (same powder) @ 1086 fps.

    4.7 grs. Acc #2 @ 1050 fps.

    5.0 grs. Unique @ 1125 fps .(this is my standard go-to 9mm load)

    These loads are standard pressure and not maximum but cycle the Walther P-38's action reliably and are accurate ... not punishing to old pistol or shooter .
    Hope this helps you out ,
    Gary
    I agree with your results.

    My standard load is 5gr Unique / Lee 356-120-TC seated @ 1.065" for 1135fps from Glock 19.

    I have to use this seating depth to insure feeding in my CZ, Sigs and Glocks. My CZ-75B has the shortest throat of all my pistols.
    Maker of Silver Boolits for Werewolf hunting

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    I have also used 5.0 grains of Unique with Hornady 115fmj. It worked but it was not my favorite.

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    6.25 grains, under a 115 gr JHP.

    By the looks, I loaded these long. Might be too hot at a more universal length. This comes pretty close to the top of the case mouth, but I'm not sure it is actually compressed. I bet the flakes would settle down with some tapping.

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