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    Steel Challenge Loads - 95 gr projectiles

    Pretty sure I had to get it direct from Wolff. www.gunsprings.com Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Steel Challenge Loads - 95 gr projectiles

    I load 95gr MG JHP over 6.4grs of HS-6 in my G17 Open Gun for SC. Gives me 1245 FPS. Have to use a 10lb spring to make it work, but shoots wicked soft. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    9mm COL advice ?

    Darrel just wrote a post about this several weeks ago. Many of us have have found, especially with JHP, that shorter COAL is often more accurate. I load my Precision Delta JHP for major at 1.070”. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    My Procedure to ladder test reloads.

    I’m no “Darrel” [emoji1] but if I may offer my 2 cents. I use nothing but mixed brass in 99% of my pistol loads across multiple firearms, calibers, bullets, and powders. And using methods and findings very similar Darrel’s I get extremely low ES’s and pretty consistent SD’s of 10 and lower. Usually single digit. This includes my 9MM major loads in my Glock Open Gun. Once I get a load dialed in. I have personally found recoil spring rates have a greater effect on on ES/SD all things considered. Doesn’t effect accuracy all that much but does effect The only thing I use new brass for is SD loads. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Problem with 9mm bulge

    What’s the head stamp on the brass from Everglades. Is it there own? I think you said you did the “plunk” test and it passed, right? Have you tried backing the bullets down in 0.010” increments just to see what happens? I run my PD 124 grs JHP @ 1.080” in my open gun. I tried longer OAL, but actually discovered shorter was better. Daryl just started a good post regarding this the other day. When I was loading the bullets longer I often found that my test round would plunk, but then several rounds in many would fail. I would find the “longest” most stubborn one, then, I just kept backing them down 0.010” at a time till it felt as though it was just into or just of the lands. Then I’d back it down another .010”- .020”. Now that I load shorter I don’t have the issue much any more after initial set up. I seat to length (1.080”), run it into the FCD, with the crimp plug backed all the way out. Then I screw the crimp plug down till it’s hand tight again the case rim. I pull the round and see if gauges and passes the plunk test. If not, which it usually won’t, especially with 9MM, I turn the crimp plug just a little and run it back into the FCD. Try it again. I repeat the process until it does. After I have it set I load several rounds and repeat the process with this handful of rounds incase there is one that is “bigger” than the others. Using mixed once fired brass after all. I make sure the “biggest” one fits and plunks, then pretty much guaranteed the rest will. I had to have the throat of my Lonewolf 9MM G34 barrel opened up. It was giving me fits with all different shapes and weights of bullets. But that doesn’t really apply to what’s above. Just a side note. I’m using a Glock 17 Open Gun, also with a Lonewolf barrel. Also very tight throat. Didn’t bother to open that up though. Shoots great at the OAL I want so didn’t see the need. If you want to run your round really long you might consider opening the throat. I just shorten the COAL thought. Seems much easier. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Problem with 9mm bulge

    Did you say what brass you’re using? I’m sorry if you did. I didn’t see it anywhere. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Problem with 9mm bulge

    It’s not that you have your sizing for set up improperly, you most likely do have it right. But, not all resizing dies size equally or the same amount. That was my rambling point. For whatever reason some sizing dies do a better job of sizing all the way down the case. In your case, sounds like it’s the top of the case after seating the projectile, which 9MM are especially know for. In which case something like the Factory Crimp Die will help. I promise. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Problem with 9mm bulge

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    Problem with 9mm bulge

    Couple of things. If you want to skip my ramblings. 1) brass selection 2) Use a Lee Factory Crimp Die If you’ve already tried these things disregard. For my ramblings read on. I apologize ahead of time for bad grammar and typos. I don’t care enough to proof read. You get the point. 9MM brass is crazy inconsistent (which I’m sure you know) from one manufacturer to the next. CBC and Aquila I have found are thicker and require much more force to resize, and seat on the initial resizing. If you’re using mixed brass and want to buy, and or sort brass you could start there. I shoot to much and don’t want to sort 9MM brass. I enjoy reloading but it consumes enough of my life as it is. After trying several brands of dies, including the Dillon (I use a 550B), I found that the Lee pistol dies do the best job of resizing once fired brass “fully”. The seating dies work well and are easy to adjust. The real beauty of the sets is the Lee Factory Crimp die, and it will probably solve your problem. It does one last full pass over the length of the case with a carbide ring and has an adjustable crimp ring as well. I can tell when I run a piece of the afore mentioned brass though it. You can feel the difference in resistance from the other brands of brass. I can tell no perceivable difference in performance or accuracy, good or bad after using the Lee dies and the FCD. But I never have a finished bullet fail to “plunk”. I used mixed brass through out all my various calibers and many shapes and weights of bullets. I will say that they are either FMJ or JHP. The only plated I shoot are 147gr 9MM for subsonic. I gave up on lead and coated bullets several years ago. Again, if used properly, which isn’t tough, the Lee FCD will not damage your bullets. The only thing I use new brass for is self defense (no lectures please) rounds and I do resize before use. Lots of people poo poo Lee stuff and specifically the factory crimp die. The fit and finish isn’t as good as the other brands. To be honest, there aren’t a whole lot of Lee products I would buy. But their dies are cheap, and they do what they are supposed too, and they are cheap. I get consistent velocity and low SD’s (like single digit low), and excellent accuracy. So I don’t think you can say that the cheap Lee dies affect any of these things fo 99.9% of people. Maybe a few bullseye shooters might take issue, I don’t know? People like what they like and every one has their reasons. In reloading, while many people are sure they have the correct and only answer, there are usually more than one way to skin a cat. I’m not claiming this is the only way to solve your issue, but I’m pretty sure it will. And it’s inexpensive and effective. The Lee FCD is cheap. Buy one off of amazon and see if works for you. If not, you’re out less than $20. Hell, amazon will probably take it back. Say it doesn’t work as advertised. I load and shoot a a lot, so this is my observation over thousands and thousands of round, through a dozen different handguns, over a period of time. Your mileage may vary. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    My Procedure to ladder test reloads.

    I do. I fly for a living. On the way back to Scottsdale from Anchorage as we speak. WiFi at 39,000 feet, it’s a crazy thing. Saw a ton of seaplanes yesterday. Our hotel was right across the street from the largest seaplane base in the world, or so they said. I haven’t ever flown a seaplane, but if I ever got another rating that would be it. Flew for the airlines for many years. I’m typed in the B767/757, Embraer 145/Legacy, Embraer 500 Phenom, and Challenger 604. I also have of time in the Dornier 328 (turbo prop), and De Havilland DHC-6 Twin Otter. And of course thousands of hours of various other piston singles and twins. I fly a private jet for a family now based out of SDL. I have a lot of years left so I may go back to airlines at some point. With the pilot shortage and all the retirements the airlines are making it hard to pass up with pay and benefits. I’m a quality of life guy at the end of the day. I’ll do whatever gives me the most amount of time and money to play with guns, and enjoy the great outdoors. Oh, and hang out with my family. Tell my wife I put that one first. Beats working for a living. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    My Procedure to ladder test reloads.

    Reassuring that you have discovered the same thing in all your testing. I too have found that more often than not, shorter (to a certain extent) pistol rounds tend to produce the best balance of accuracy and velocity, and super low SD’s to boot. Doesn’t seem to matter the pistol, caliber, nor bullet. And when I say “shorter” it is of course relative to the caliber, bullet weight and shape. Seems when I read a lot of the forums most people tend to run their cartridges on the longer side, so for a while I tried that as well. Seems to make sense, works pretty well with rifle cartridges after all. But I always ended up getting disappointing results and inevitably went back to my shorter COAL. (Yes, even adjusting for powder due to varying COAL) All things being equal, shorter just seems better. That’s what I told my wife at least. Anyway, my COAL with 124gr PD JHP Major is also right at 1.070”. With Silhouette I am just shy of 1400 for a 173 PF, and have consistently gotten SD’s in the single digits over 15-20 rounds fired. I have found many of your posts very helpful over the years and appreciate your contribution. Ryan Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    What 9mm bullets are you using for major?

    Psst Silhouette Set: 446 Created: 02/22/18 14:08 Description: Precision Delta 124gr JHP 9MM G17 Open Notes 1: Precision Delta 0.355 JHP 35571 124 0.576 Notes 2: 6.7grs Silhouette 1.070 13lb ISMI Distance to Chrono(FT): 10.00 Ballistic Coefficient: 0.145 Bullet Weight(gr): 124.00 Temp: 59 °F BP: 30.17 inHg Altitude: 0.00 # FPS FT-LBS PF 10 1408 545.94 174.59 9 1387 529.77 171.99 8 1403 542.07 173.97 7 1399 538.98 173.48 6 1400 539.75 173.60 5 1398 538.21 173.35 4 1401 540.52 173.72 3 1407 545.16 174.47 2 1400 539.75 173.60 1 1393 534.37 172.73 Average: 1399.6 FPS SD: 6.2 FPS Min: 1387 FPS Max: 1408 FPS Spread: 21 FPS Shot/sec: 0.5 True MV: 1407 FPS Group Size (in): 0.00 -------------------------------------------- Set: 443 Created: 02/22/18 13:58 Description: Precision Delta 124gr JHP 9MM G17 Open Notes 1: Precision Delta 0.355 JHP 35571 124 0.576 Notes 2: 6.7grs Silhouette 1.070 13lb ISMI Distance to Chrono(FT): 10.00 Ballistic Coefficient: 0.145 Bullet Weight(gr): 124.00 Temp: 55 °F BP: 30.17 inHg Altitude: 0.00 # FPS FT-LBS PF 10 1400 539.75 173.60 9 1416 552.16 175.58 8 1402 541.29 173.85 7 1391 532.83 172.48 6 1394 535.13 172.86 5 1406 544.39 174.34 4 1405 543.61 174.22 3 1408 545.94 174.59 2 1409 546.71 174.72 1 1411 548.27 174.96 Average: 1404.2 FPS SD: 7.7 FPS Min: 1391 FPS Max: 1416 FPS Spread: 25 FPS Shot/sec: 0.5 True MV: 1412 FPS Group Size (in): 0.00 Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    What 9mm bullets are you using for major?

    This [emoji1312]. I did the same song and dance a several years ago when I built my G19 open gun. I’ve loaded Berry’s, Xtreme, MG, and PD in both 115 and 124gr varietals. I crunched the numbers six ways from Sunday, and at the end of the day for a couple cents more (if you buy in bulk, which you should) you can be shooting top of the line JHP instead of plated. When I started reloading I used exclusively lead projectiles. I even tried the coated lead. But now I don’t even bother. The only thing I even still use plated for is 147gr 9MM subsonic. For some odd reason FMJ or JHP don’t have the same ratio value that other calibers and weights do. 147gr .355 in JHP or FMJ are exorbitantly more expensive. Everything else is either FMJ or JHP. Well, that’s not entirely true. I shoot coated lead in my 300 Blackout Subsonic cause I’d go broke buying 220gr Jacketed Bullets to shoot in bulk. Precision Delta or Montana Gold are tough to beat. I have a box of 4500 95gr MG because that was the best deal on that weight and caliber at the time, and thousands of Precision Delta FMJs and JHPs because Precision Delta was cheaper on those weights and calibers at the time. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Glock major with cfe pistol

    What velocity are you running the 115’s at? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Glock major with cfe pistol

    I didn’t realize that CFE and WAC were the same powder? Exactly? I thought CFE was some new formulation? I third the HS-6 verdict. That’s what I tried originally in my open gun before I moved to Silhouette. I’m just finishing loading SD rounds for 380 and 9MM with Lehigh Xtreme Defense and CFE. The CFE gives me a 100 FPS more than the other listed powders. I’ll have to try it in the open gun when I run out of my 10 pounds of Silhouette [emoji51] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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