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9mm Major Brass any recommendations?

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by ctguru, Aug 16, 2011.

  1. ctguru


    Feb 22, 2010
    Just wondering if I should specifically chose a brand of new brass when loading 9mm major.

    Happy using once fired brass for 9mm minor, but going to buy new brass for 9mm major, any brand suggestions?
  2. fredj338


    Dec 22, 2004
    ANything BUT Federal. Starline has a good product, when I buy new, it's usually Starline for any caliber.

  3. dougader


    Apr 17, 2004
    Winchester 9x23 brass. Kidding. Kind of. Did the 9mm major thing. Like hot 38 Super, but especially my 9x23 Winchester best.

    What Fred said.
  4. freakshow10mm

    freakshow10mm 10mm Advocate

    Starline or Top Brass for new. Federal brass sucks for everything, unless it's .40 S&W and in Koski's possession.

    I run 9mm Major at sub +P pressure for my local shooters using fired brass.
  5. I use Win brass in my G34 open Gun. KKM barrel and 4 port comp. Using Silhouette and HS-6 powder, Win sp, MG 121 IFP, 1.145 OAL.

    No Problems w/the brass.
    Last edited: Aug 18, 2011
  6. Colorado4Wheel


    Nov 2, 2006
    Doesn't buying new brass for 9Major kinda defeat the purpose of 9Major. Might as well get 38Super Comp.
  7. ctguru


    Feb 22, 2010
    at the moment I only have a 9mm and would cost a bit to change to 38 super
  8. dougader


    Apr 17, 2004
    What kind of gun are you going to use?

    I tried using an old G17L, and all was fine except anything loaded over about 1.139" and you absolutely HAD to fire that round once it was chambered. A longer loaded round wouldn't eject; the bullet would hang up and no fiddling could get the loaded round out without dropping the slide and just shooting it down range.

    Pay attention to listed COAL when you're using data for 9mm major.
  9. ctguru


    Feb 22, 2010
    will be using LWD G17L upper and ported barrel

    thanx for all the info
  10. freakshow10mm

    freakshow10mm 10mm Advocate

    Yup. Glocks like short OAL. I prefer my shooters to use 1911s with 9mm Major. Just a better platform all around for the task.
  11. tjpet


    May 14, 2001
    Utah-Idaho border
    I've got tons of once-fired WWB so use that for my 9mm major needs. Good for 3-5 reloads before primer pockets get a bit loose. I shoot and let fly during a tournament. I use a COAL of 1.150" in my Glocks and get excellent feeding, accuracy and a bit lower pressures.
  12. I too buy Starline any time I need new brass. Great quality, and
    here is what they say about 9mm +P brass.

    9MM+P has no difference from the standard 9mm Luger other than headstamp designation for load segregation. Due to standard case design, it will handle +P pressures with no problems.

    So, you can use regular Starline 9mm brass and feel safe with hotter loads. Good stuff.
  13. MoNsTeR


    Aug 24, 2003
    Lakewood, CO
    I'm on my second use of a big lot of once-fired R-P. I bought it because it was what I could get, I would happily use any major headstamp (including the much-maligned Federal).

    Buying new brass for 9 Major seems silly, but if you must I would get Starline, no question.
    Last edited: Sep 2, 2011
  14. GlockAzona


    Jul 24, 2011
    Never found the need to actually BUY 9mm brass, since my range is open to the public on weekends. There's plenty of folks who come to blast off a few hundred rounds & they don't handload. I've got a generous supply of once fired brass that I sort into groups by manufacturer.

    If you're toying with 9mm major at potentially dangerous pressures, it's a smart idea to either use new or once fired brass & sort it for use by manufacturer.
    Last edited: Sep 3, 2011
  15. Zombie Steve

    Zombie Steve Decap Pin Killa

    May 31, 2007
    Old Colorado City
    Is 9mm major kinda like wearing a short sleeve dress shirt?
  16. dougader


    Apr 17, 2004
    No, it's more like eating beans AND broccoli at the same meal. ;)
  17. VN350X10


    Apr 13, 2001
    McHenry, IL
    I did all of the experimentation/load work for my 9Major using new brass. Found that with the right powder, it's not necessary.
    I start with once fired, usually Rem. or Win. & get 4 loadings with no problems.
    The key here is to use a heavy bullet, if you go 9 Major with less than a 124 gr bullet, your pressures are gonzo.
    I use a 147, get fantastic accuracy & am using LESS than the listed max loading of Vhit. 3N38, & making major within SAAMI pressure specs, hence the great brass life.
    My Glock is limited by it's magazines as far as C.O.A.L. & I use a 1.147".
    3 of my mags will work with longer (1.155") but sorting ammo for mags is stupid !
    And the 147gr is a sure thing on steel poppers !

    load safe

    uncle albert
  18. dougader


    Apr 17, 2004
    I found if I went longer than about 1.135" - 1.139" in my G17, loaded rounds wouldn't eject from the chamber but would hang up and tie up the gun. I had to count the rounds for each stage and only load exactly what I needed to run the stage... or fire the extra round downrange to empty the gun.

    Found out the hard way on that. YMMV
  19. ron59

    ron59 Bustin Caps

    Jan 3, 2009
    Smyrna, GA
    Something is wrong with your gun.

    I've loaded as long as 1.155" for my G17, and loading Bear Creek Molys to 1.145" for it now. WWB are right at 1.160" and I shot 4-5000 of those before starting to reload. How many people are there who don't reload and have no problems with that? I never had an issue.
  20. Hoser

    Hoser Ninja

    May 22, 2002
    I use WCC brass for Major 9. After the third or fourth reload, they go in the scrap bin.