Recomendations on 9mm Bullets

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by cghamm117, Mar 5, 2013.

  1. cghamm117

    cghamm117 New Member

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    I have all my ducks in line, all I need to buy now are the actual bullets for reloading. I have heard good things about berrys bullets. But other than that I am not sure what I want to buy. Anyone have some helpful advise? I am not sure what grain to go with either, what are some advantages or disadvantages of one versus the other.
     
  2. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Berry's bullets are plated. Plated bullets should be loaded with cast bullet data. They may not be the best idea for a Glock. If you push them too fast they can cause the same kind of problems in Glocks as non-jacketed bullets.

    If you are loading for a Glock, keep the velocity down and they should be OK.
     

  3. GilaDan

    GilaDan New Member

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    cghamm117, first, good luck on finding some bullets. Surely they will catch up soon, hopefully.

    I use a lot of Berry's in all pistol calibers. Mostly for practice but they can serve well in the niche of a FMJ, if you are seeking penetration. For me, I prefer the 124/125 grain bullets. The 147 grain bullets are harder to get good accuracy, some even key-holing. The 115 XTP (defensive load) has worked great using 8.0 grains of AA#7. Have shot half inch groups at 16 yds with my CZ 75B.

    Still, over all, I mostly use 124/125 grain bullets. Besides Berry's, I really like Remington's 124 JHP; Montana Gold's 124 JHP; and for plinking I often load up some 125 from Precision.

    An interesting and accurate load can be found using the Winchester 125 grain bullet (SHP) .357 bullet. I use 5.5 grains Power Pistol with good groups. Using this bullet may require a good carbide crimping die - we have the LEE and have not had any problems with feeding. Good Luck
     
  4. grandpabear

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  5. cghamm117

    cghamm117 New Member

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    Thank you for the helpful information, I will be shooting mostly out of an M&P. I am going to Scheels this Friday in hopes to find something. I have my doubts honestly. I will be using most of this ammo for mostly target practice, so I believe I will go for 124gr and hopefully try to find some Hornady or Remington. As far as jacketed vs plated i am not real concerned on price and like I said I will mostly just be practicing with them. My real need is need in reloading will there be difficulties with either is one better to load than another, as I am a beginner and want to do everything to a T, and look into all variables. I honestly just wish the ammo hype would just go away, so those of us that have enjoyed this for years can get back to our hobbies.
     
    Last edited: Mar 6, 2013
  6. locutus

    locutus Well-Known Member Supporter

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    For a tiny bit more, you can buy bulk Remington or winchester FMJ.

    I buy cases of 2,000 Remington 115 grain FMJ. Inexpensive, and I can load them from target velocity to +P+ without worry.:):)
     
  7. hiwall

    hiwall Well-Known Member

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    cghamm117, one thing to think about is the factory loads you have shot in the past. If your particular pistol really likes a certain grain factory load bullet then why change to a different weight? My 9mm likes 115 grain bullets (most accurate) so that is all I buy.
     
  8. jpattersonnh

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    I load from 95grFMJ to 147grJHP's. I load alot of 124gr cast lead. I picked up quite a few protected Hp's, 135gr from Midway. There blemished and discontinued sales were great. I always keep 1000 124gr cast lead on hand minimum. I find that the powder is more important for accuracy in most bullet weights. Unique works for full power Jacketed loads while W231 is VG for cast lead and light weight bullets. I also use W231 and Unique in .380 and 10mm. W296 is my go to for cast lead or jacketed in .357.
     
  9. locutus

    locutus Well-Known Member Supporter

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    JP, try HS-6 sometime for your 9mm loads. Betcha you'll like it.:)
     
  10. barmanvarn

    barmanvarn New Member

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    As you certainly can't be too picky, due to the shortages, I started out w/ Rainier 115gn RN. It's plates so you have to use cast bullet data when loading. I've shot them through my Glock and my Beretta storm. They shoot great so far.