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    Shooting, Flying, Computers, Machining.
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    Darrell Louque

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  1. Bayou bullets were never powder coated the polymer coating was propietary and came from Austrailia. Anyone wanted to use the coating had to buy it from Donnie, including all the manufacturers using the coating today. Donnie sold the chemical. business to Alan Esterly and they have to. buy from him. So yes Bayou is the original polymer coated bullet.
  2. I found .358" Bayou 160 gr was more accurate in my 929. I had issues with accuracy and was pissed until I went back in my logs from 30 years ago and found that on a revolver you go .001"over the cylinder diameter to get more accuracy no mater the barrel's bore diameter. ( This is old school revolver experts from the past) I found that they shoot great in my CZ's and STI DVC. You have to bell the mouth more as to not shave the coating off while seating and use minimum crimp. Very soft shooting and in my 929 out of my ransom rest I went from a best of 2.75" 10 shot group down to 1.09" at 25yds. Also my reason for going to a heavier bullet is the 929 has a twist rate of 1:10 instead of 1:16 which mean it will shoot a heavier bullet more accurately. ( I found that out when testing my Colt 1:12 twist to my S&W 1:18.75 twist with 125 and 158 gr bullets. the Colt shot the heavy bullet more accurate than the S&W and the S&W shot the lighter bullet more accurate than the Colt. )
  3. Sport Pistol will be my TG replacement once I run out of TG. In my testing it has performs as good as TG and is cleaner. Vectan BA 9.5 is closer to N320 but there is no US distributor currently since Graf's gave up their distributorship. I received 36# of BR-5 from GIBrass recently and currently working up load for it. It is closer to Power Pistol than Unique in burn rate in my testing and has to be loaded to a higher power factor if you looking for accuracy. In my 124 gr JHP my normal 130-132 pf has to be loaded to 138-140 to be as accurate. Still leaves some yellow unburned powder residue though.
  4. Bayou Bullets is local to me. They had issues with casting machines and not having reliable employee's. They are cranking out bullets as fast as they can. Most of the machines are up and running now, but they really need a couple of more to keep up with demand. Bayou's are a great bullet and is the original coated bullet and I noticed that some of the coated bullet offering from other manufacturers are not the quality you get from Bayou. DG bullets and Brazos Bullets are two of the top I recommend. The sudden surge since Covid has impacted orders from everyone, primers being the hardest component to get right now, and prices have more than doubled on primers.
  5. 3.8 gr N320 200 gr coated bullet at 1.190" gives 826 fps and a PF of 165.2 groups 1.89" at 25yds and is very soft.
  6. I just bought 36# of BR-5 (Unique equivalent) from Gibrass to try. I already tested in 9mm and .45, will do .40 next.
  7. I tested Precision Delta 124 JHP's today with the BR-5 powder I got in (36#) and was very impressed. Best group 10 shots ransom rest 25 yd in CZ TSO 1.09". 5.4 gr powder 1.100 OAL, CCI primer and Winchester cases. .378 crimp. Power factor 138 avg vel 1114 fps. I will upload a new revision of my spreadsheet next week after I test to other bullets 124 FMJ, 115 coated, 135 coated, and 147 FMJ and coated. Then work on .40 and .45.
  8. I measure off the ogive, not the tip when comparing or checking OAL. Measuring all my PD bullets JHP, and FMJ's are within .002" off the ogive which is what will hit the rifling first.
  9. Updated yesterday, added Ed Brown M&P data. Brazos bullets also. Darrell's Load Data rev 050621.xlsx
  10. The DR920 with the flat backstrap points good for me, for carry optic I can use my DR, P320 x5, or my Ed Brown M&P. The DR is more accurate than the other two. In carry optics during the match I don't think the accuracy difference matters that much it's more what trigger you prefer. I prefer my M&P trigger but can shoot the DR just as well.
  11. I do almost the same. I have an OAL tester I made with Hornady OAL tool, I back off .015 and start from there. I look at max charge and subtract 10% and start there in .2 gr. My crimp is set at .378-.379. Once I chrono and accuracy test with my ransom rest, I take the most accurate one and start decreasing my OAL by .010, load 10 each at that powder charge and see if standard deviation and accuracy improves. ( i.e. Precision Delta loads their 124 JHP at 1.100, I found that that bullet is more accurate at 1.085 and that's what I use. Go look at my spreadsheet, I have OAL for different bullets in my guns and loads for the Shadow, Accu-shadow, and TS Orange.
  12. I took cases for 9mm, .40, and .45 and drilled and tapped them to use the Hornady OAL tester. Works great the way I do it. I use my CZ barrels to test with because they have the shortest lead of all my guns, if my load is accurate in the CZ's they are accurate in the others. Once I find the OAL to rifling I back of .015 or so depending on bullet ogive and magazine and work up my charge in .2gr increments. Once I find the most accurate load I start working the OAL down in .010" increments to see if accuracy improves. That's how I came up with my accuracy loads. For matches I load to a 130-135 power factor.
  13. The Zero 147 JHP at 1.100 (3.2 gr Tightgroup) will work great in your CZ's, the Acme will have to be plunk tested. My Bayou/Brazos 147 TC's are loaded to 1.130. I shot the Nationals with a CZ Shadow years ago when only three of us used CZ's. Now to be competitive in Production the CZ platform dominates. I have the Accu-Shadow for production and use a TS orange for local PPC matches. This year I'm dedicating myself to Carry Optics Division and shooting a P320 X5 Legion, or a Shadow Systems DR920. I currently shoot the DR920 better. Good luck to you. Check out my spreadsheet on this forum and it may give you some help picking a load.
  14. Just heard today that Graf's won't be the US distributor for Vectan Powders anymore. Hoping someone else decides to be a distributor because I love BA 9 1/2. I was told if you want to be a distributor your are required to buy a minimum of 35K pounds,
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