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New Reloader Seeking Assistance With 9mm

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by mike6252, Oct 28, 2010.

  1. mike6252


    Aug 6, 2010
    Hello everyone, I've gotten all my components together to begin to reloading. I want to begin loading 115 gr FMJ and work up to 147 gr FN. I need a recommendation for a good starting brand of powder/bullet/primers, with a solid resource for data as well. I have a Hornady reloading manual which lists data for both bullets obviously but I want to have data for the exact components i'll be using. I'll be loading using a RCBS turret press with dies made by the same and the weapon i'll be reloading for is my G19. Thanks guys.
  2. Primers - whatever you can find
    Bullets - Precision delta is a good quality value. Montana gold is pricier.
    Powder - Unique

    Good luck

  3. ave8er


    Sep 19, 2010
    I just started a month or so ago. I am using tite group powder, it seems a little dirty but I have not used anything else. I ordered 115grn generic bullets from first class and they sent me 115grn Montan Golds (bonus) I used Federal primers and I am going to use Winchesters next.
  4. unionman


    Feb 3, 2009
    st louis
    Brian Enos forum has a lot of info on reloading. I just started doing 9 a couple of months ago and like Vhita Vouri N320 or N 340 with a 147 Mg.
  5. Boxerglocker

    Boxerglocker Jacks #1 Fan

    Mar 6, 2003
    Lynnwood, WA
    You can buy from either PD or MG direct and much cheaper....
  6. nitesite10mm

    nitesite10mm Dog Lover

    Jun 9, 2006
    North Alabama
    You'll love shooting the 147-gr bullet.
  7. PastorDan


    Mar 3, 2010
    Central KY
    For me it is Winchester 115gn FMJ with 5.5 grains Unique and CCI primers (unless they are out of stock then it is federal primers) 5.5 grains fills the case well I am not sure I could over charge without really trying.
  8. IndyGunFreak


    Jan 26, 2001
    I love those Loadbooks... I've got them in 9, 40, .45, .38/.357.

    I typically use the Lyman 49th, Loadbooks, and the homepage for my powder to double check all my settings.

    Winchester, Alliant, Hogdon, etc.. all offer reloading data on their website. Also, has a great "Load Database".. most of it is just stuff consolidated from various manufacturers.. but some data is provided by users... as always.. Trust but verify.

    As far as finding the exact bullet thats in the loading manual... That's going to be difficult in many cases.... just do your best, and be safe.

    Last edited: Oct 28, 2010
  9. 03knives


    Oct 17, 2010
    bahama nc
    always try to use the reloading data for the brand bullet you are using, speer bullet/speer data, I load a lot of 9mm,and use power pistol for jacketed bullets,and I load a lot of cast bullets and use unique or win,231. I use a lonewolf barrel in my glock17when shooting lead.Bullet seating depth is very important with a auto pistol,and do not roll crimp the bullet.A lyman reloading book is always been a good all around book to use.
  10. mike6252


    Aug 6, 2010
    Thanks guys for the info, keep it coming!
  11. fredj338


    Dec 22, 2004
    You'll be hard pressed to find exact data for the components you can get affordably. Most reloading manauls use bullets from the majors, they aren't cheap. You won't find exact data for plated anything, maybe AA powders for some bullets, very little lead bullet data & not much if anything mentioned about bulk bullets like Winchester or PrecD, MG, etc. The best you can do is get several manuals, study them, compare the bullets you do have & match them to the best ability w/ the bullets in the data. Start just off the starting loads & work them up.
    IMO, stay away from uberfast powders, that is anything faster than WST. They can get a newb into trouble very quickly. Choose a medium burner like Unique, WSF, Universal & any 115-147gr bullet & start w/ 1# ONLY of that. AFter you have loaded your first 1400 or so rounds, you'll have a better feel for the process & can start exploring diff powders.
    Last edited: Oct 29, 2010
  12. Boxerglocker

    Boxerglocker Jacks #1 Fan

    Mar 6, 2003
    Lynnwood, WA
    Though generally this is good advice... always keep in mind that there are certain fixed varibles used when using manufactuers data. For instance Fred pointed out to me one time when asking for load data that a certain manufacter tends to seat thier bullets very short and would greatly affect pressures and velocity. That stated best to err to the safe side and watch for signs of problems, especially when approaching max loads.
  13. cole

    cole Millennium Member

    Dec 25, 1999
    OP: read this post a few times. Especially the part about choosing a medium burning powder to start. I'll add to start with FMJ before lead/plated.
  14. FLSlim


    Apr 12, 2010
    FL W Coast
    Listen to FredJ338. He does know his stuff.
  15. AA#5


    Nov 26, 2008
    You don't need to match components exactly (as to brand) unless you're loading maximum loads. You only need to match issues that affect pressure - mainly the weight of the bullet, the powder charge, the overall length of the cartridge and the type of primer (magnum or standard). Keep in mind that a "Hornady" or "Speer" manual will only provide data for THEIR bullets. They obviously want you to buy their overpriced bullets.

    As someone else posted, "Precision Delta" has great prices on 9mm FMJ bullets. Just use the data in your manual for whatever weight bullet you choose - and match jacketed vs cast lead. I'd start with a mid-range powder charge & only 50 rounds to check functioning in your gun before loading a few hundred.

    My favorite powder for 9mm is AA#5 because it meters very consistently & is clean burning. A normal charge also fills half the case - which makes a double charge easy to see.
    Last edited: Oct 29, 2010
  16. robin303

    robin303 Helicopter Nut

    Sep 27, 2009
    Austin, TX
    Jack is pretty darn good to. He has been reloading since the tail end of the civil war. :whistling: But if you live below 8000' look out for triple A and Flak.:supergrin:
  17. fredj338


    Dec 22, 2004

    Yeah, but Jack keeps trying to shoot BP out of his little Kimber. Just can't seem to get him to stop shooting it. Old dog, new tricks.:rofl:
    JMO, way too many rounds to load for first run at a new powder/bullet combo. When the first two have to be fired singleshot, now it's "hammer time" pulling 48 apart.
    I do load workups by using average middle data. Load 10rds, then 10rds +0.1gr & 10rds -0.1gr. Shoot them in order & note functioning, accuracy, pressure signs (either lack of or too much). The sweet spot is likely to be there or you can continue up or down in 0.1gr increments, It will tell you much more about your bullet/powder combo vs picking one load & shooting 50.:dunno:
    Last edited: Oct 29, 2010
  18. Toml


    Jan 1, 2003
    I like to chronograph loads to see where my loads fall in relation to the loads I'm trying to match in a manual, keeping in mind that barrel length affects velocity.
  19. fredj338


    Dec 22, 2004
    I do the same thing, BUT, keep in mind that all guns are diff, all bbls are diff. What one gun gets, another may not. I have 5 diff 4" 357mags. They all throw diff vel w/ the exact same load. One of them is a full 125-150fps slower than the average of the other 4. So trying to get "book vel" with that rev, well it would never happen.:supergrin: