Do you have a 9mm accuracy load?

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  1. Shopfox

    Shopfox Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I'm curious what powders and bullets are used to get really exceptional accuracy out of a 9mm at 50 yards (with a carbine)? I completely understand, "it may not be safe in your particular gun", "your gun may not like it, etc."

    I just want to get a feel which powders are common among the accuracy junkies, esp. w. using 115gr bullet as a rough guideline.
     
  2. elfmdl

    elfmdl Active Member

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    I’ve never really loaded 9mm for really good accuracy. Just lots of rounds for plinking steel. But I’m interested in what others have to say as well!
     
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  3. PaBushMan

    PaBushMan Well-Known Member

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    I have been doing well with Alliant sport pistol across the board with my carbine and 1911's and compacts. 115 grain bayou bullets. Just started using it not long ago. I was having leading from tite group. Got sick of scrubbing.
     
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  4. partdeux

    partdeux Well-Known Member Supporter

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    9mm --- carbine????

    And you're looking for accuracy?
     
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  5. locutus

    locutus Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Never tried to load for accuracy. but I've had very good luck with 115 FMJ and 7.4 of HS-6, and 6.4 of Power Pistol.

    These loads are hot. They are safe IN MY WEAPONS, but might not be in yours.
     
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  6. oO_Rogue_Oo

    oO_Rogue_Oo Well-Known Member

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    I don't load 115s for my carbines; just 147s but my powder of choice for those loads is 700x. It's a flake powder so not very popular because it doesn't meter well but I weigh every load so not a factor for what I do. I've found it to be VERY consistent. Not uncommon for me to get single digit standard deviation.
     
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  7. Shopfox

    Shopfox Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Yep. I figure 9mm ballistics are on par with 22lr, so theoretically should be able to find or make something in the 1" to 1.5" range for 50 yard shooting with magnified optics and a steady rest. Why not?

    Put another way, I figure if I can get my 44 mag to shoot 1-1/2" +/- at 100 yards, that level of accuracy should be doable at 50 yards with 9mm.
     
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  8. Shopfox

    Shopfox Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Those 2 powders are top of my list to check out. As an interesting note, Power Pistol at 6.3gr was excellent for this guy with 124gr. It's not a duplicate to yours, but interesting to note good acccuracy was achieved with that powder in that charge weight range.

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  9. Shopfox

    Shopfox Well-Known Member Supporter

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    @locutus check out his groups with HS-6 and power pistol (starting at 23:00 and 27:00).
     
  10. PaBushMan

    PaBushMan Well-Known Member

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    Speaking of 700x. It was the 1st powder i started with. The 1st calibers were 9mm and 45 acp. I was using the lee loaders. The wack-a-mole ones lol.
     
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  11. locutus

    locutus Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Shopfox. Excellent video. Thanx for posting.

    My HS-6 loads are used in a Glock 17, Beretta 92, SIG 226, SA Range Officer and CZ P07.

    My 7.4 HS-6 averages 1325 to 1375 in these weapons. Winchester SP primers, LC MilSurp brass, and Remington 115 FMJ "hardball."

    Again, safe IN MY WEAPONS!

    No question in my mind that anything I shoot with this load will stay shot!
     
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  12. partdeux

    partdeux Well-Known Member Supporter

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    9mm is not generally considered a distance bullet. I've seen huge differences in accuracy and and std dev in bullets alone. Powder is the least of your worries... Get a good metering powder and start working up the load.
     
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  13. Paul Betz

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    I use 124 plated or coated bullets and found Winchester AutoComp to be very accurate to n my 9mms
     
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  14. locutus

    locutus Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Lotsa "old timers" used mid-range loads with Red Dot for their practice ammo.
     
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  15. Shopfox

    Shopfox Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I ended up finding a Bullseye Shooters forum that gave some additional insight. I've settled on using the 115gr Hornady Action Pistol (HAP) bullet. It's basically the same as the XTP, but doesn't have some of the cuts to aid expansion. Bullets run about $0.11 each, and seem reasonably available.

    I wanted to use Vihtavuori N330, but cannot find it anywhere locally. I'm either going with Power Pistol or Winchester WSF. Right now I'm leaning towards WSF. I want to research some more and find out if any of the recommended powders will work in other things I'm reloading.
     
  16. Ghost1958

    Ghost1958 Well-Known Member

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    You guys make me jealous sometimes.
    I've got powder and a lee reloaded sitting in the back room I've never got a chance to set up.
     
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  17. locutus

    locutus Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I think you'll find Power Pistol useful in a great variety of loads, as long as it's loaded fairly "heavy."

    It can duplicate factory "duty" type loads in several calibres and bullet weights.
     
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  18. partdeux

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    I was using 125 HAP, it was a great bullet. Moved on to extreme 124g target bullet. Found it to be a touch more accurate
     
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  19. harkersislandnc

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    Granted this is a factory load but I just bought a bunch of Geco 124gr that has really impressed me accuracy wise. Having no issue busting clays at 25 yds with a CZ 75 BD.
     
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  20. Shopfox

    Shopfox Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Is the 125 gr HAP .356? If so, does the .001" make any practical difference?