need help with a light 9mm load

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by Ricochet, Nov 22, 2013.

  1. Ricochet

    Ricochet New Member

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    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
     
  2. hiwall

    hiwall Well-Known Member

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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.
     

  3. Mercator

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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.
     
  4. John_Deer

    John_Deer New Member

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  5. Ricochet

    Ricochet New Member

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    I also have a Lee 158gr rn boolit
     
  6. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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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
     
  7. Mercator

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    Generally it is often true. The Fiocchi 158 actually recoils less. When my SIG X Five was new and tight, it failed to cycle.
     
  8. noylj

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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.
     
  9. Ricochet

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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.
     
  10. Ricochet

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    well, they were still too stout for her. i'm thinking maybe a LCR in .22mag might be a good choice for her
     
  11. Mercator

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    2" barrel + 22 mag = muzzle flash. Maybe an SP101?

    Edit. Sorry forgot there's no 22 mag but even 38 sp might do. The SP I think is unmatched for the excellent slim factory grip with a 4" barrel.
     
    Last edited: Nov 23, 2013
  12. Rick1967

    Rick1967 Well-Known Member

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    My wife is very recoil sensitive. She carries a S&W J-Frame in 22 mag. She shoots it pretty well. I would rather she carry a 22 mag that she is likes and practices with, then a 9mm she refuses shoot.