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Old 11-22-2013, 12:34 PM   #1
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Default need help with a light 9mm load

fellow reloaders/casters, i'm having trouble finding load data for a light 9mm load. i need it for my wife to comfortably shoot my pf9, while cycling the action reliably. the powder and bullets i have available are: unique,hp-38 and 115 fmj, 130 rf cast from an Accurate mold. she doesn't like to shoot my pf9 with regular loads. my LGS has pf9s on sale right now for $249 and i'd like to her one, but only if i can come up with a load like this where she would enjoy it and feel confident with it. thanks, Joe

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Old 11-22-2013, 01:25 PM   #2
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The easiest way to reduce recoil is to go to lighter bullets. You could use 380 bullets. if you can not find load data you can always work up your own load. no one will be able to tell you if the loads will function your auto as each gun is different.

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What you want is Fiocchi 158 gr subsonics, but good luck finding them. There may be anothe manufacturer of those, you can look it up in the Shooters Bible.

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You have to have enough powder in the load to make the gun function. I wear wells lamont fingerless work gloves when shooting mouse pistols. They take the sting out of recoil and protect me from slide bite.

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Wells-Lamont-2-Pack-Suede-Cowhide-Leather-Palm-Work-Glove/21151531

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I also have a Lee 158gr rn boolit

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Normally a lighter bullet will have less felt recoil than a heavier one. WTS, there is "perceived" recoil. Perhaps a heavy (158 gr) bullet at moderate velocity will "feel" like it recoils less. Kind of the push of a .45 ACP vs. the snap of a .40.

Everyone perceives recoil differently. I would try a 100 - 115 gr bullet loaded midway between the start load and the max load and a 158 gr loaded similarly. See what she tolerates best

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Normally a lighter bullet will have less felt recoil than a heavier one. WTS, there is "perceived" recoil. Perhaps a heavy (158 gr) bullet at moderate velocity will "feel" like it recoils less. Kind of the push of a .45 ACP vs. the snap of a .40.
Generally it is often true. The Fiocchi 158 actually recoils less. When my SIG X Five was new and tight, it failed to cycle.
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1) Use a fast powder, a light bullet, and a lighter recoil spring.
2) Use a 147gn bullet and load down until gun just cycles (or get a lighter recoil spring)
1 gives you actual reduction in recoil. 2 gives you lower perceived recoil. Also, many times, it isn't the recoil but the noise. Ear plugs, ear muffs and light loads.

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Thanks for all the input! I loaded up some 3.2gr of HP38 with the 130gr cast RF. they are estimated to be around 850fps and cycle good. Gonna let her shoot them today to see what she thinks.

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Thanks for all the input! I loaded up some 3.2gr of HP38 with the 130gr cast RF. they are estimated to be around 850fps and cycle good. Gonna let her shoot them today to see what she thinks.
well, they were still too stout for her. i'm thinking maybe a LCR in .22mag might be a good choice for her
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