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9mm OAL 124 Titegroup

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by .50 cal, Jun 7, 2011.

  1. .50 cal

    .50 cal

    Jan 4, 2011
    Hello, I'm loading 124 frontier round nose plated bullets with 4.2 grains of Titegroup, I would love to know what you think the best OAL would be, the factory FMJ'S I have are about 1.155, is this a good overall length to follow? thanks
    Last edited: Jun 7, 2011
  2. Round nose, truncated cone, hollow point... what's the bullet style?

  3. .50 cal

    .50 cal

    Jan 4, 2011
    round nose
  4. On 124 FMJ, with 4.2 of TiteGroup, I've used 1.09 with good results. Funny, since 115s and 147s both like 1.13 best. But that's what research led me to and what worked for me.

    I love TG. The most accurate powder I've found, and economical, too. Just watch out for double charges. Any disruption while loading, dump 'em all out and start from station 1. Just sayin'.
  5. Colorado4Wheel


    Nov 2, 2006
    I always loaded my FMJ RN 124 gr at 1.130. Your in the middle of the Hodgon Data for TG and they list a much shorter OAL. Look at the Hodgon Reloading Manual online to confirm your doing things right.
  6. cole

    cole Millennium Member

    Dec 25, 1999
  7. shotgunred

    shotgunred local trouble maker

    Mar 1, 2008
    Washington (the state)
    what gun are you shooting them out of?
    I like 1.125 for glocks.
  8. XDRoX


    Jan 24, 2009
    San Diego
    Why so short? Glocks will eat 1.160" all day long. 1.145" runs fine in any of my seven 9mm's. Please, not an attack, just really want to know why you guys load so short:dunno:
  9. rg1


    Aug 5, 2003
    I load 124 jacketed round nose to 1.150" except Winchester 124 jacketed round nose which has a more sharply pointed tip and I seat these to an oal of 1.160". They all feed and shoot well in 3 G19's, 2 Kel-Tec carbines, and a Ruger 9MM, not all mine.
    My 124 gr. hollow points, Speer Gold Dot and Rem Golden Saber, get seated to 1.120-1.125".
    Last edited: Jun 8, 2011
  10. Colorado4Wheel


    Nov 2, 2006
    Glock, Kahr. It generally doesn't matter at all with a common RN seated in the 1.130 range.
  11. Colorado4Wheel


    Nov 2, 2006
    1.130 is not that short. It give a decent amount of bullet in the case for good tension. I don't think it makes a big difference.
  12. RRTX11


    Dec 27, 2010
    Central Texas
    I loaded and shot about 5k in rounds with the following load over the last few months:
    4.1 gr TG
    124 gr Montana Gold RN FMJ
    1.30,1.40,1.50 OAL
    I was getting an average of 130 PF with this load out of a Glock 17
    Many people that shoot IDPA, IPSC, and USPSA locally use this load or one similar.

    I liked the load and could not tell any significant difference between PF, feeding, and accuracy. Accurate load without 1 single missfeed or hiccup. I standardized all my 124 gr RN at 1.50 OAL to keep it simple.

    I switched to N320 after experimenting with TG is a little less snappy and I sometimes shoot 500 to 1000 rounds in a day and there HUGE difference between a glock with 1000 rounds of TG through it and one with 1000 rounds of N320 thru it. Liked TG other than that.
  13. ron59

    ron59 Bustin Caps

    Jan 3, 2009
    Smyrna, GA
    I believe 1.169" is the absolute MAX, per the 9mm specifications. Guns may load that, maybe not. 1.160" is very close to that.

    I've varied between 1.125" - 1.135", but I'm loading 147gr flat points, not RN. 35,000+ with no feed problems, so I guess it's okay ? :dunno:
  14. OrGlocker


    Mar 8, 2009
    Salem, Oregon
    Oh NO ! another Glockster using TIGHTGROUP, Fred is gonna go ballistic like an SSBN :rofl:
  15. Boxerglocker

    Boxerglocker Jacks #1 Fan

    Mar 6, 2003
    Lynnwood, WA
    I've been loading 4.1 TG at 1.135 OAL behind a 124 FMJ as my game gun load for years now. 1100 fps out of my G34 136 PF and will also easily make PF out of my G19 which is my IDPA backup gun for SSP.
    I've tried N320 it is indeed a softer powder if your playing the PF floor level but more expensive and definately hard to get hold off in my area. However, I found once you get to the mid 130's and above with PF between the two powders little if any difference IMO.
    Last edited: Jun 8, 2011
  16. shotgunred

    shotgunred local trouble maker

    Mar 1, 2008
    Washington (the state)
    1.125 is what ran best in my G23 20 years ago and I haven't changed it. I just standardized it for all my Glocks. When I picked up 9mm I played around some. But ended up with some cartridges that would jamb in just two of my mags. So I defaulted to what has worked in my other glocks for many tens of thousands rounds and haven't looked back.

    They work and don't jamb.:cool:
  17. Zombie Steve

    Zombie Steve Decap Pin Killa

    May 31, 2007
    Old Colorado City
    Why wouldn't you go with the longest OAL that works for your gun?
  18. fredj338


    Dec 22, 2004
    Nope, staying out of this one. One TG thread at a time.:supergrin: