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Discussion in 'Reloading' started by George Kaplan, Jul 4, 2020.
Which do you prefer and why?
124 or 125, Brazos currently. 4.0 promo or bullseye
Most of my shooting is competition so I am a 147 guy but 135 are a close 2nd. The recoil impulse & blast are right in the sweet spot for fast shooting.
I make my own coated but have bought from DG, Bayou & Summers. I have time right now so casting like crazy to stock up.
I shoot between 15-20,000 95 grain 9mm’s per year. Why? Because they stretch my lead supply further and I like the way they feel and shoot through all of my race guns. I cast and powder coat my own too.
Don't really have 1 favorite. SD loads I use 124gr. gold dots or HST's for a little extra mass and keep the velocity up. Steel challenge and general plinking I load 115gr. coated. More bullets for the dollar. Shoot PCC bowling pin matches too and load 147gr. coated for that. They're fun in a handgun too. There really isn't a 9mm bullet weight I don't like.
Lately, I've been buying 135-138gr bullets. They're a bit cheaper than 147s, seem to be about as soft shooting, and probably a tiny bit faster slide cycling.
Whyni am warming to 135. Though cost isnt an issue making your own.
I ONLY reload Copper Plated RN bullets in 9mm, 115/124gr are exact same charge, OAL, etc..so either of those grains are ideal for 9mm.
I use a Lee 356-125-2R. A six cavity makes a pile of bullets in no time. Nice middle ground bullet weight. Makes the perfect, cheap plinking round.
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Going by weight, 150 is my favorite for minor and 124/5 for steel. 115's have always been too light for the PF, and 165's have too much elevation gain for the PF.
Just my personal preferences, though. Nothing massively scientific.
In terms of a general rule, I'd say impulse is more a function of burn rate and flip is more a function of how much of the PF is in the bullet weight. I like a fairly fast powder and fairly heavy bullet for the application, but not max fast or max heavy.
I haven't found a coated bullet in 9mm that I really like and I've certainly tried a few. I guess I'm spoiled by all those 125gr HAP's that a friend gave me. In 40, 10 and 45 I've liked quite a few coated bullets. I just don't know what it is about 9mm that I don't like the coated bullets to much. I ordered some more HAP's yesterday from Midsouth. They do cost more than coated but it's not so much that I really care.
A 145 Summers coated in front of 3.2 of Sport Pistol.
I loaded the summers 115 gr and was very happy with them. Still trying to work through 4000-5000 jacketed 115gr RN bought On sale from berrys years ago.
Unless you're recovering all your lead, getting it for free, or sitting on a lifetime supply, the 135s still save you something as they use less lead. Of course, you might use a 0.1gr or so more powder.
I really like the feel/recoil impulse of 147gr. I'm a fan of the ones at rozedist.com
True, but not really significant. I do get most of my lead for free, but even if i buy it, the diff is 1.5# per 1000 or 15# over the year. Primers are the most exp part of my reload at 3c each. 9/40/45 all use about the same 1c of powder. If I were looking to save lead I would shoot 100gr in 9mm.
I have maybe 1200# of diff alloy so lifetime, not likely, only about 60k bullets. So unless covid gets me, I'll keep scrounging.
Lyman 4 cavity 120 CN Pt# LY2670402, started with this mold years before I started coating, drop around 123-125 gr. with my alloy, once I got into coating, I cast and coated thousands upon thousands of these bullets, functioned thru every 9 mm firearm I owned, even worked pretty well in bunny fart 38 Spl. at short range
BBI 125 cone with W231
If you don't mind, what powder and load are you using g, I've tried doing 95 but always have cycling problems.
135 gr. is the lightest that I can keep subsonic and still cycle all my pistols reliably.