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Old 04-17-2013, 10:25 PM   #1
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I am about to start reloading first time ever.. Starting with 9mm got the reload equipment, but not sure as to what kind of reasonably priced powder to use, and where to get it. I been seeing muzzle loader powder but don't know I it will work? Any suggestions

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Old 04-18-2013, 03:45 AM   #2
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Well you certainly don't want to use muzzleloader powder. You need to have something designed for pistol, and something recommended for what you're loading. You should get a reloading book or two - they have "recipes" with minimum and maximum powder charges for whatever particular bullet and powder you're using. Also a lot of this information can be downloaded from the different manufacturers websites. I tend to shy away from the loads that people list on the different sites. The info will also give you the proper cartridge maximum overall length, how much to crimp the case, and such information that is very important to know. Anyway, as far as powder, it's extremely hard to come by right now for obvious reasons. I haven't been reloading pistol for too long but after an excessive amount of researching I chose Accurate #5 which looked to be a good all-around powder for reloading my .40 S&W as well as several other calibers. Plus Accurate has their whole reloading data in pdf form on their website. I know I haven't been too much help but what I will stress to you most is read, read, read. my RCBS kit came with the Speer reloading manual and I read it a couple times before I started to really understand it all, and before I even attempted to load a round. It's very rewarding though once you get going. I find it very relaxing and it suits my perfectionist personality just fine. I weigh every charge and measure every round, but that's just me. I think that's all part of the satisfaction. Good luck and be safe.

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Welcome to the Forum, gents.
May I suggest the you stop by our "Introductions" area next time you log in and say "Hi"

Armed1 is correct about not using muzzleloader powder.

Stop by a Mom & Pop gun store and ask for reloading brochures.

The 9mm is not the ideal round to start reloading on. Something like the .38 Special is a little more forgiving.

Here is a link to Nosler: http://www.nosler.com/Reloading-Data/9mm-Luger-(Parabellum)-Handgun-115-Grains.aspx

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I would recommend getting either the Hornady or Sierra reloading books. This books have all the info you will need to reload. And the 9mm will ok to start on. I started reloading on the 45 acp and the 223 rem. You can also get reloading info from Hodgdon's wed sight.

For the 9mm I would use Blue Dot or Tight Group.

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9mm is easy to load, but can be troublesome to get the desired results. It is a bit finicky. Primers and bullets are hard to come by these days. Powder is a little easier. There are many powders suitable. I have used Unique, Bullseye, Red Dot, Green Dot, Blue Dot, 700X, W-231. There are probably 20 others that will work.

Issues you may run in to: Glock fired brass generally has a swelled base that is not corrected by standard sizing dies. Overall length can be CRITICAL. Load as long as the magazine will allow. There can be large variances in case thickness from the wide variety of makers, this can lead to large differences in pressures. Sort brass by headstamp. The 9mm has a tapered case that is a bit more dificult to process than a straight case like the .38 Spl. or .45 ACP.

Welcome to the "addiction". Prepare to spend just as much on ammo as you used to, you will just get to shoot a whole lot more.

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I would recommend getting either the Hornady or Sierra reloading books. This books have all the info you will need to reload. And the 9mm will ok to start on. I started reloading on the 45 acp and the 223 rem. You can also get reloading info from Hodgdon's wed sight.

For the 9mm I would use Blue Dot or Tight Group.
I'm absolutely new to reloading as well. I'm in an apartment but have some space I could use to reload. I'd like to reload 9mm, 40s&w, .45acp, 8mm mauser, and 12gauge. Do I have to buy a separate reloader for each caliber? I hope I don't sound retarded! I do have an OLD Hornady reloading book from my late father in law. I would have already been into this years ago but when he passed all of my wifes family swarmed the house and took all of his guns/ reloading equipment and what not. This was before I met her so.
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I'm absolutely new to reloading as well. I'm in an apartment but have some space I could use to reload. I'd like to reload 9mm, 40s&w, .45acp, 8mm mauser, and 12gauge. Do I have to buy a separate reloader for each caliber? I hope I don't sound retarded! I do have an OLD Hornady reloading book from my late father in law. I would have already been into this years ago but when he passed all of my wifes family swarmed the house and took all of his guns/ reloading equipment and what not. This was before I met her so.
You can handload the 9mm,40 S&W,45 ACP and 8MM with the same press, you will need a different set of Dies for each. Shotgun requires a different press.
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I am about to start reloading first time ever.. Starting with 9mm got the reload equipment, but not sure as to what kind of reasonably priced powder to use, and where to get it. I been seeing muzzle loader powder but don't know I it will work? Any suggestions
since I have not seen anyone else say it..have you read "The ABC's of reloading? Most here will tel l you to read that once, at least, before your put any equipment on your bench.
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No, do not use muzzleloader powder. Black powder is an explosive, smokeless gun powder is not. Use the correct powder for the correct application. For your needs you need to find Win 231 or H-38, that might be a bit hard today with the shortages. You could use some of the shotgun powders like blue dot or Unique. I would suggest you go to Hodgdon's web-site and check under pistol/9mm for the powders that they make for that round.

http://data.hodgdon.com/main_menu.asp

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