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  1. I would not use a 9mm fcd with a .358 bullet. The die will stage down the bullet and accuracy will suffer. A standard crimp die turned down will work if you don’t have a 357 fcd DougC
  2. You could just have your chamber reamed so you can load longer. You should be fine but better to be safe.
  3. In the Revo you need a real big crimp so your last couple bullets in the cylinder don’t jump. A roll crimp is best but you can do about the same thing with a taper crimp too.
  4. In conventional pistol bullets the jacket hollowpoint is considered most accurate. If you look at a cross-section of the bullet the heaviest part of the bullet is in the rear and that is the last part that is stabilized as it leaves the barrel. Other bullet styles lend them selves to be in accurate. A 122 truncated cone bullet is very accurate due to a very short pointed bullet front and the rear of the bullet is constructed like a hollow point with all the weight at the back . There were tests back in the twenties that showed the 120ish grain bullet had great accuracy in 9mm with tc style bu
  5. 3.8gr W231 with 115jhp. 1.120 oal. Staple load. Enjoy!
  6. In iron sighted pistols I used coated lead. They are accurate and usually give better accuracy than plated. I can get .357-358 bullets to give me what I want for accuracy This is very true in 9mm. In open guns with comps I spend the money for jacketed. Plated is false economy and for the price you can spend a couple more bucks and get great performance and most importantly for me, accuracy. Plated looks like jacketed, almost costs like jacketed, but they ain’t jacketed..... DougC
  7. Yes, Jason. You should like the longer bearing surface on the 160s. Make sure they are .358 for best accuracy, and the rollcrimp will help as well. DougC
  8. It was the imported Aussie CLAYS that was packaged by Hogdon. It happened to me as well with a highly polished dillon powder measure that was examined after the fact and I pulled a bunch of them and found some light ones, like 2.1 instead of 2.8, etc. It cured me of using that load, especially when titegroup gave much tighter groups at 25 yards with the combo I was using. DougC
  9. Guys, be careful using CLAYS powder loading lower than 3.0 grains. SInce the flakes are bigger they can bridge when there is not enough weight (mass) of more powder bearing downward and you can have intermittent powder drops and squibs. It is well documented on old threads on here and is a thing. CLAYS is a great minor .40 powder and minor/major .45 acp powder. Accuracy in most bullet styles suffer in 9mm short case capacity loads. If you want a soft powder in 9mm loads try titegroup and 320 and ramshot competition among others. If you must use CLAYS some people put aquarium pumps on them
  10. AHI, thanks for sharing your experience and please continue to share. Post the info and let the chips fall where they may. All of this is a continual learning curve for ALL of us and having access to your information is important... PS......My 1x32 Schumann 9x19 barrel shot both 115jhp and 147s extremely well at long distance......;0) DougC
  11. I just read the American handgun article. From my testing I knew that the Zero Bullets would shoot better at terminal distance than the Nosler. The make up of the bullet makes a big difference. I know that for a 50 yard accuracy load zero or sierra pistol bullets will give the best accuracy once you get the load dialed in. For example using the same load and substituting Montana gold 115 JHP I get the same accuracy up to 35 yards and then the group opens up from an inch and a half to roughly 3 1/2 inches at 50 yards. I am not knocking Montana gold, They are good bullets but not as
  12. Loads of good info here...... I used to sell 50 yard accuracy ammo for competition.....A buddy won a world title in Germany with it. I still use the same loads in 9mm and 38 Super in Bianchi Cup matches. Here are some necessary things for accuracy. Consistency. Period. It has to be repeatable for consistent accuracy. In the 9mm a medium powder is best for accuracy due to it's small case capacity. Most Bullseye loads and the like are set up short, around 1.075 -1.080. Other loads shoot well at 1.110-1.120. Here is a couple loads for example. Match load using o
  13. Another thing that might be happening is not getting the bullet straight when it is being seated. If they tip any bit then you can have some shaving and they wont gauge either. DougC
  14. Hi Sarge, remember I only said the brass would "chamber"......lol. 9 Major is a complete different animal.....
  15. Thanks for the kind words, Jack. I now have elderly parents I care for along with a special at home, and am in my last three years of work for my pension so I have been a little bit busy......LOL
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