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USPSA load question

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by Billy_Ray, Sep 22, 2012.

  1. Billy_Ray


    Aug 6, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    I have been running my USPSA load as follows for production:

    9 mm - 124 grain FMJ
    4.2 grains of Titegroup
    OAL 1.13

    I had figured based on others comments and the reloading manuals that this would produce approximately a 127 - 129 power factor, giving enough safety margin to always be over. But at a recent match, they had a chronograph setup and my load chroned at 1103, 1105 and 1106. Meaning my load is running a PF of 137. Based on this I think I can drop my powder to 4.0 grains of TG. I know that this is just one data point, but I am looking for some input, what say you?

    Thank you,
    Billy Ray
  2. SJ 40

    SJ 40

    Jan 17, 2011
    I think the best thing to do would be invest in a chronograph. For what you are doing it will give you the answers you are looking for,without waiting until you get to a match to find out. SJ 40

  3. jdavionic

    jdavionic NRA Member

    May 1, 2008
    Here is some of the data that I recently posted. All fired from a G19 in an indoor range (temp 74).
    124 gr MG PHP
    Titegroup 4.1g
    Avg OAL 1.117
    Avg vel 1107 fps
    PF = 137

    124 gr Ranier PHP
    Titegroup 4.1g
    Avg OAL 1.127
    Avg vel 1100 fps
    PF = 136

    124 gr Ranier PHP
    Titegroup 3.9g
    Avg OAL 1.127
    Avg vel 1054 fps
    PF = 131

    Be mindful that I am using different bullets than you are. With that said, I agree with the other gent (SJ40). If you're trying to fine tune closer to the minimum PF, you should get a chronograph.
    Last edited: Sep 22, 2012
  4. Zombie Steve

    Zombie Steve Decap Pin Killa

    May 31, 2007
    Old Colorado City
    Helps to know what gun / barrel length you guys are shooting from if you're posting velocity. May not translate well from one gun to another.

    Where's Little Stevie? He's all about them squeaker loads.

  5. Hoser

    Hoser Ninja

    May 22, 2002
    That is almost my exact same load, only I use the 124 JHP.

    Maybe bump it back a hair, but if it is working and accurate, dont change a thing.
  6. shotgunred

    shotgunred local trouble maker

    Mar 1, 2008
    Washington (the state)
    Back when I used tight group my load was 4.1 tg with a 124gr at 1.125 OAL. It chronos around 1110 at sea level.
  7. Colorado4Wheel


    Nov 2, 2006
    I wouldn't drop it more then .2gr. Personally I would drop it .1 and call it good.
  8. Billy_Ray


    Aug 6, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    I am shooting a Glock 17 if that helps.

    I was thinking of lowering the charge by either 0.1 or 0.2 grains. 0.1 is probably the best way to go.

    Thank you all for the feedback.

    Billy Ray
  9. shotgunred

    shotgunred local trouble maker

    Mar 1, 2008
    Washington (the state)
    Do you think you would notice the difference of .1 grain?
  10. Boxerglocker

    Boxerglocker Jacks #1 Fan

    Mar 6, 2003
    Lynnwood, WA
    I have run 4.0 TG with a 124 FMJ at an OAL of 1.135 since I started loading for IDPA/USPSA.

    Chronos 1150 Fps average out of my G34 (142 PF) in my G19 back-up (carry it will drop to about 1080 (134 PF).
    Last edited: Sep 23, 2012
  11. km625


    Sep 26, 2005
    Upper NYS
    Your G34 velocities and PF are correct for 115gr bullets. With 124gr bullets they come out at 142PF. Only noticed because I use 124gr at 1100pfs (3.9 TG) and that yields 136.
  12. Boxerglocker

    Boxerglocker Jacks #1 Fan

    Mar 6, 2003
    Lynnwood, WA
    Your correct. I copy and pasted the wrong load out of my reloading data spreadsheet. Post changed. Thank you
  13. sciolist


    Nov 11, 2009
    My 34 runs fine on 130-132PF. I've experimented with 124 loads from the high one-teens up to 150PF or so, for USPSA and Steel. There's a pretty noticeable difference in feel between low 130's and high 130's.

    Low 130's works well for me.
  14. MoNsTeR


    Aug 24, 2003
    Lakewood, CO
    I think you could safely drop it a tenth, but a little more power is going to take down poorly-calibrated poppers just that much better.