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Is your fave match load NOT the lightest charge?

Discussion in 'General Competition' started by YamaLink, Jul 1, 2010.

  1. YamaLink


    Mar 11, 2010
    For comp shooters in minor, especially, have you settled on a reload charge that was not the lowest your pistol would reliably and accurately shoot?

    Example: with your favorite powder/primer/oal, your gun would shoot 4.3 grains of whatever but you choose to go with 4.6 due to feel; somehow the non-bunny fart recoil actually helps you in timing.

    Or does everyone go with the lowest charge and lightest recoil that still gives accuracy and last round slide lock.
  2. mike4045


    Apr 10, 2002
    I run my 9mm loads on the hot side. I want the gun to move and act like my limited gun. I also run 115 gr bullets instead f the heavier 147 gr stuff. I am using 4.7 grs of titegroup. Power factor comes in around 134.

  3. ron59

    ron59 Bustin Caps

    Jan 3, 2009
    Smyrna, GA
    In my G17, running my 147gr MG bullets at 126PF or so, the gun ran fine, but accuracy was terrible. I've since bumped them up to 131PF or so, accuracy is MUCH better, and only slightly more recoil. I think the softness is due to the Solo 1000 powder C4W turned me on to... VERY soft shooting powder, but would not be a good choice if you're looking for MAX loads for a load. But for a soft-shooting (and clean) mid range powder, it's great.
  4. Boxerglocker

    Boxerglocker Jacks #1 Fan

    Mar 6, 2003
    Lynnwood, WA
    I had the same issue with LFP 147's run with Solo1000 out of my G34. Gun ran great at 128-130 PF with a 13#ISMI recoil spring but the accuracy was terrible till I bumped it to 133-135 PF. (3.7g at 1.125)

    Since them I have gone back to TG and 124 FMJ's and run those at above 130PF too.
  5. dsmw5142

    dsmw5142 NRA Member

    Oct 2, 2007
    I like to run 134PF loads with my G34. I have worked up other loads that shoot softer, but aren't as accurate and/or feel sluggish. I generally use 147gr BBI and 3.5gr Solo 1000.
  6. ede

    ede Bama's Friend

    Jun 25, 2004
    some of my minor loads make 164 PF, but they were intended to be minor loads.