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9mm Bullet Suggestion?

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by ALBin517, Sep 27, 2011.

  1. ALBin517

    ALBin517

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    I have been shooting 9mm FMJs and am pretty happy with them. My only complaint is the raggedy hole they make in paper targets.

    I don’t feel like I’m always getting a fair shake at the scoring table. (Triples might become doubles, for example).
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    Does anybody have a suggestion of a 145-grain 9mm bullet (preferably jacketed) that makes a better hole punch?
     
  2. Zombie Steve

    Zombie Steve Decap Pin Killa

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    Unless you go with a wadcutter or semi-wadcutter, they will leave ragged holes. It's going to be hard to find in 9mm and especially jacketed.

    Shoot a 1911 and you'll have tons of options. :whistling:
     


  3. ALBin517

    ALBin517

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    That&#8217;s the thing. Lots of guys in my group shoot revolvers with wad cutters that are easy to score.
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    Then I walk up with my torn target and scorers act like I&#8217;m an inconvenience&#8230; like they are not going to give me the benefit of the doubt because I&#8217;m making their job tougher by shooting a Glock with FMJs.
     
  4. GioaJack

    GioaJack Conifer Jack

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    Tell your guys to buy scoring plugs... it's part of their job.


    Jack
     
  5. You can get semi-wadcutters in .40 also. Missouri bullet makes a great 170 grain LSWC bullet that I've had good results with. Nice round holes too.

    All the Best,
    D. White
     
  6. fredj338

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    It depends on the comp Jack. In IDPA, scoring rings are forbidden, but doubt is supposed to go to the shooter. It's pretty easy to score a cardboard target regardless of what bullet is used. There is always a caliber smudge. The SO/RO just has to know what he is doing.:dunno:
    To the OP, you need a SWC if you want clean caliber holes, & they are tough to come by in 9mm unless you go w/ something like the Lee 105gr or 140gr 38 & size em down a bit & then hopefully get them to feed.
     
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  7. ALBin517

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    We used to shoot cardboard and the scorer could just flip them over and figure it out 99% of the time.

    But we now shoot paper targets on the "healing" foam backers.
     
  8. GioaJack

    GioaJack Conifer Jack

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    My old mind only thinks of bullseye targets... I'm not uses to shooting at things the size of refrigerator boxes. :whistling:


    Jack
     
  9. mknpwr

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    I know that you are looking for a 147g swc in FMJ but Missouri Bullet does make a 125g LSWC in 9mm. I shoot them out of my Glock 19 with a stock barrel with no issues YMMV.
     
  10. ron59

    ron59 Bustin Caps

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    What organization? I don't see ANY attitude about 9mm or Glocks in the IDPA or USPSA around here. People with an attitude about something like that wouldn't phase me anyway... I'd tell them to piss off in a heartbeat.
     
  11. ALBin517

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    I volunteer for my local sheriff reserve and the whole state association gets together for a shoot, twice a year.
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    The competition has not changed since the black and white days:
    * Only load six rounds at a time
    * Very slow courses of fire (allowed 2-5 seconds per round)
    * No minimum power factor
    * Most shots are 25 yards
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    So the vast majority of competitive guys lob marshmallow wadcutter loads with 6” revolvers.
     
  12. ron59

    ron59 Bustin Caps

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    Yep.... guess you're in a whole different world then. So get yourself a 6" .357 revolver and start loading wadcutter .38s ?
     
  13. ALBin517

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    Our county does ride-alongs with Glocks so I'd rather practice with that platform whenever possible.

    Might just have to settle for being at a disadvantage with the shooting competition though.
     
  14. fredj338

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    Good ole PPC, home of the 6"bbl 38sp & wadcutters.:supergrin:
     
  15. Zombie Steve

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    Jackie boy... you should come down and shoot with me and Stevie this weekend and watch how fast he can miss!
     
  16. GioaJack

    GioaJack Conifer Jack

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    I will be in Texas seeing my Little Snookums... shooting is the last thing on my mind. :supergrin:


    Jack
     
  17. Zombie Steve

    Zombie Steve Decap Pin Killa

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    I need to go to bed. I just read "seeding my Little Snookums".

    If I hadn't met your grandkids, I'd be nauseated at the idea of you procreating.

    The idea of you attempting now makes me want to find the inventor of Viagra and punch him in the teeth.
     
  18. ron59

    ron59 Bustin Caps

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    Left cross for you.... give him a haymaker from me.
     
  19. MisterLady27

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    Howdy All,

    1. You big whiners, be glad your state association, etc is shooting----

    2. The LEO organizations go on golf outings when they get together up here. Uugh.

    ML27
     
  20. Colorado4Wheel

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    Cops are generally not shooters. My brother gets ammo from a lot of them because they don't want to use it and have need to clean their gun.