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Need a 9MM 125 gr lead load

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by glockensteen, Mar 5, 2010.

  1. glockensteen


    Sep 29, 2009
    Having a hard time finding any load data for 125 grain lead bullets.I have HP38 but im open for ideas.
  2. Boxerglocker

    Boxerglocker Jacks #1 Fan

    Mar 6, 2003
    Lynnwood, WA
    The 125LRN has to be the most common bullet around. What does your MANUAL say?

  3. fredj338


    Dec 22, 2004
    Current production HP38 is the same as W231. You can use the same data. Lyman has data for 120gr (clsoe enough). You can also use Hogdon data:
    125 GR. LCN Winchester 231 .356" 1.125" 3.9 1009 25,700 CUP 4.4 1086 31,200 CUP
    125 GR. LCN Hodgdon HP-38 .356" 1.125" 3.9 1009 25,700 CUP 4.4 1086 31,200 CUP
    Last edited: Mar 6, 2010
  4. Depends on the profile of the bullet. Conical, round nose, semiwadcutter...
  5. tjpet


    May 14, 2001
    Utah-Idaho border
    4.5-5.0grns. WST
  6. WiskyT

    WiskyT Malcontent

    Jun 12, 2002
    North Carolina
    Keep the loads at starting levels if you're going to use 231/HP38 or you will be starting a thread about all of the lead in your barrel. It's a good powder, but it acts more like Bullseye than Unique. Powders in the burn rate of Unique work much better with higher pressure loads like 9mm. I have used Blue Dot with 125 cast bullets and they go over 1300fps with no leading.
  7. MSgt Dotson

    MSgt Dotson

    Sep 30, 2006
    Hodgdon shows 3.9 - 4.4 gr of HP38 with lead 125 gr bullets in 9x19...
  8. glockensteen


    Sep 29, 2009
    The bullets im going to use are RN lead.And the only reason I was going to use HP-38 is because Im using it to load 45ACP and already have it.But im open to suggestions.
    Some have suggested that using HP-38 would cause leading problems.I thought that as long as you didnt load too hot a load you wouldnt have to worry about that.
  9. cysoto

    cysoto Gone Shooting!

    Jan 21, 2004
    Denver, CO
    I use 135gr LRN bullets behind 3.6gr of Solo 1000 with an OAL of 1.125" and crimped at 0.378". This load produces 130PF and produces benched groups of 2.5" at 25yds.

    A buddy of mine uses 3.7gr of Solo 1000 behind a 125gr bullet with an OAL of 1.135" crimped at 0.376" producing 126PF.

    Another load that we both have tried is 3.5gr of Clays behind a 125gr LRN at an OAL of 1.155" and a crimp of 0.376" but found out that Solo 1000 is significantly more accurate than Clays.
  10. TonyT


    Mar 14, 2009
    Have you tried the Hodgdon orAlliant websites? I have not shotlead bullets in my 9mm for a long time but I do remeber that both companies published data in years past.
    If you cannot find data on their websites PM me and I will send you data from the hard copy W-W and Alliant reloading manuals.
  11. glockensteen


    Sep 29, 2009
    Thanks TonyT,
    I have been on Hodgdens site.I guess what Im really needing to know is what powder guys are having good results with.I have been using HP-38 for 45acp with good results but im just getting started loading 9mm and im trying to decide what powder to use.The 200 grain lrn bullits I have are 18 brinnell hardness.Some on here have said that using HP-38 I would be asking for trouble with lead build up.I havent experienced any trouble with the 45acp's.Im not looking for a hot load just something to target shoot and make power factor for IDPA..
    Last edited: Mar 7, 2010
  12. dougader


    Apr 17, 2004
    My standard loading for 20+ years in 9mm has been 4.2 - 4.5 grains 231. No leading. I only went up to 4.5 grains as a buffer to make sure my IPSC load made minor power factor.
  13. i liked 5.0gr of unique under the same bullet in my g35 lwd 40-9 barrel