Smith & Wesson Forum

Go Back   Smith & Wesson Forum > >

Reloading All Reloading Topics Go Here


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 07-16-2015, 05:51 PM
sigpro2022 sigpro2022 is offline
Member
What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets? What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets? What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets? What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets? What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets?  
Join Date: Sep 2013
Posts: 10
Likes: 12
Liked 5 Times in 3 Posts
Default What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets?

I have some 9mm - 125gr (.356") round nose bevel base from Shooter's Cast Bullets. What's a good powder to use to reduce leading?
I've got Unique, Bullseye, 231, Clays, Titegroup, & HS-6 to choose from. Of the powders listed above which would be the best to use?
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 07-16-2015, 06:12 PM
max's Avatar
max max is offline
US Veteran
What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets? What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets? What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets? What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets? What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets?  
Join Date: Mar 2001
Location: illinois
Posts: 5,696
Likes: 1,461
Liked 5,430 Times in 1,724 Posts
Default

I have never had any luck shooting lead in the 9mm. I know there are folks who do, but it isn't me. I am not sure the powder matters. I would stay with Unique, 231, Red Dot something like that.
Reply With Quote
The Following User Likes This Post:
  #3  
Old 07-16-2015, 06:12 PM
JBnTx's Avatar
JBnTx JBnTx is offline
Member
What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets? What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets? What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets? What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets? What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets?  
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Texas
Posts: 498
Likes: 515
Liked 511 Times in 219 Posts
Default

The type powder used has a very minimal effect on leading. Leading is caused by other factors.

Unique is a great cast bullet powder in many calibers.
Reply With Quote
The Following User Likes This Post:
  #4  
Old 07-16-2015, 06:15 PM
JBnTx's Avatar
JBnTx JBnTx is offline
Member
What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets? What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets? What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets? What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets? What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets?  
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Texas
Posts: 498
Likes: 515
Liked 511 Times in 219 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by max View Post
I have never had any luck shooting lead in the 9mm...
I had the same problem until I backed off on the powder charge and quit trying to get jacketed bullet velocities.
Reply With Quote
The Following User Likes This Post:
  #5  
Old 07-16-2015, 09:14 PM
MyDads38 MyDads38 is online now
Member
What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets? What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets? What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets? What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets? What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets?  
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Central Indiana
Posts: 1,855
Likes: 1,727
Liked 1,269 Times in 684 Posts
Default

I use TiteGroup for plated bullets and Bullseye and Red Dot for cast lead.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 07-16-2015, 09:28 PM
Moe Mentum Moe Mentum is offline
Member
What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets? What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets? What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets? What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets? What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets?  
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Central Florida
Posts: 779
Likes: 574
Liked 452 Times in 264 Posts
Default

My 1st choice for the powders you have listed would be W231, followed by Unique. But, my favorite for the 9mm would be Power Pistol.
Reply With Quote
The Following User Likes This Post:
  #7  
Old 07-16-2015, 09:44 PM
epj's Avatar
epj epj is offline
US Veteran
What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets? What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets? What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets? What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets? What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets?  
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Birmingham, Alabama
Posts: 4,333
Likes: 185
Liked 2,294 Times in 1,023 Posts
Default

I've used 231 with good results.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 07-16-2015, 09:49 PM
novalty's Avatar
novalty novalty is offline
Member
What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets? What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets? What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets? What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets? What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets?  
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Southern Maine
Posts: 13,620
Likes: 491
Liked 1,869 Times in 985 Posts
Default

So far I've used Unique, W-231, and Bullseye. Have to say it's a toss up between Unique and W-231.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 07-16-2015, 09:56 PM
fredj338's Avatar
fredj338 fredj338 is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Kalif. usa
Posts: 6,839
Likes: 2,668
Liked 3,923 Times in 2,366 Posts
Default

Leading is more about bullet fit than the powder, but some, like TG, burn really hot. TG has a rep for leading. Ime, if it won't shoot well with unique, it probably won't shoot.
__________________
NRA Cert. Inst. IDPA CSO
Reply With Quote
The Following 2 Users Like Post:
  #10  
Old 07-17-2015, 08:51 AM
Robert Palermo Robert Palermo is offline
Member
What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets? What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets? What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets? What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets? What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets?  
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Posts: 92
Likes: 22
Liked 43 Times in 23 Posts
Default

HS6 and Unique are two good powders for the 9mm. The mistake most people make with loading the 9mm is treating it like a low pressure round instead of the high pressure round that it is, so slower powders work better than the fast ones like BE and 231 etc.

Getting lead bullets to shoot well is no big thing as long as the bullets are of the right size. A big issue with the 9mm as barrel dimensions can be all over the place from .355 to as big as .358 (a common issue with a lot of the Berettas).

Once the proper bullet size and the right powder speed is utilised one can get top notch performance from the 9mm.
Reply With Quote
The Following 2 Users Like Post:
  #11  
Old 07-17-2015, 09:00 AM
novalty's Avatar
novalty novalty is offline
Member
What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets? What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets? What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets? What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets? What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets?  
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Southern Maine
Posts: 13,620
Likes: 491
Liked 1,869 Times in 985 Posts
Default

As Robert mentioned diameter size is key in 9mm cast bullets. I run mine oversized at .358" and have not had leading or feeding issues in any gun that a I have shot them in: 5906, M&P full size, and Shield.
Reply With Quote
The Following User Likes This Post:
  #12  
Old 07-17-2015, 09:37 AM
m657's Avatar
m657 m657 is offline
Member
What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets? What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets? What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets? What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets? What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets?  
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: sunny Orygun
Posts: 2,910
Likes: 393
Liked 306 Times in 194 Posts
Default

I've used all those powders OP mentioned, with 'meh' results.

Lately been exploring 124 g RNL with HS6 with pleasing results so far in variety of recipes from low to high end of mfg chart.

Unsure of final claims to accuracy but as yet NO leading in any charge weight, using old P35 and newer P320.

Would love to try G34 with lead but that seems to be of considerable debate, while Glock Itself advises against it.
__________________
Dum vivimus Vivamas
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 07-17-2015, 10:24 AM
Nevada Ed's Avatar
Nevada Ed Nevada Ed is offline
Member
What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets? What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets? What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets? What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets? What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets?  
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Reno Nv
Posts: 10,543
Likes: 1,996
Liked 8,560 Times in 4,010 Posts
Default

"... a good powder to use to reduce leading? "

Poor bullet fit and fps cause leading.

I usually go with the Bullseye, AA2 fast powders for light, low vel. target loads.

Medium fast like w231 etc for standard target loads......

Medium slow Unique type powders for full loads with lead but....
you can get all powders to work with the little 9mm case, just
depends on how much powder you want to use and the pressures of the loads.

Its all good, using lead bullets.
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 07-17-2015, 10:43 AM
AveragEd AveragEd is offline
Member
What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets? What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets? What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets? What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets? What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets?  
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Enola, Pennsylvania
Posts: 3,183
Likes: 544
Liked 2,185 Times in 1,019 Posts
Default

I don't have a 9mm but I do have a .38 Super, which uses bullets just .001" larger. I currently use 5.5 grains of AutoComp powder with 125-grain lead semi-wadcutters and experience no leading and good accuracy. TiteGroup and W231 work well as does Clays but AutoComp seems to burn a little cleaner.

Ed
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 07-17-2015, 12:48 PM
Skeet 028 Skeet 028 is offline
Member
What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets? What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets? What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets? What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets? What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets?  
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Wyoming
Posts: 4,031
Likes: 3,739
Liked 4,584 Times in 1,872 Posts
Default

I have found that Unique seems to work the best for me been thinking of trying some Universal. But I have a lot of Unique. I have also found that bevel base bullets seem to lead a bit easier than flat base. Lately I have been shooting plated more and no leading with them. But I got 'em real cheap at an auction. 8000 bullets total in different calibers but sold the 40s. The only ones I have shot so far are the 9s and some hollow base 38 wadcutters
Reply With Quote
  #16  
Old 07-17-2015, 03:07 PM
venomballistics's Avatar
venomballistics venomballistics is offline
Member
What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets? What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets? What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets? What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets? What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets?  
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: between beers
Posts: 7,376
Likes: 3,737
Liked 4,837 Times in 2,428 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by sigpro2022 View Post
I have some 9mm - 125gr (.356") round nose bevel base from Shooter's Cast Bullets. What's a good powder to use to reduce leading?
I've got Unique, Bullseye, 231, Clays, Titegroup, & HS-6 to choose from. Of the powders listed above which would be the best to use?
best powders for eliminating leading go on the bullet, not behind it.
Harbor freight powder coating, all powder paints, powder buy the pound ....
after you figure out how to boil the lube off your bullets, and use the piglet method of application of powder coating, you can use any propellent powder you want regardless of prior reputation with cast.

however, as many seem unaware of this, and suspicious of it after they become aware of it. Bullseye and Unique are your best bets from your list
__________________
it just needs more voltage
Reply With Quote
The Following 2 Users Like Post:
  #17  
Old 07-17-2015, 03:29 PM
DWalt's Avatar
DWalt DWalt is offline
Member
What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets? What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets? What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets? What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets? What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets?  
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: South Texas
Posts: 28,036
Likes: 32
Liked 20,859 Times in 10,729 Posts
Default

My best overall performance in the 9mm is 4.7 grains of Green Dot with a cast 124 grain RN bullet. But Green Dot is not on your propellant list.
Reply With Quote
  #18  
Old 07-17-2015, 04:31 PM
Vulcan Bob's Avatar
Vulcan Bob Vulcan Bob is offline
Member
What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets? What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets? What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets? What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets? What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets?  
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: central pa
Posts: 5,334
Likes: 2,712
Liked 2,473 Times in 1,176 Posts
Default

I only have one load for the 9mm, a RCBS 9mm-124-CN, 130gr with my alloy, sized to .358" and lubed with SPG over 5.0 Power Pistol with standard small pistol primer. Shoots very well out of my four 9mm's with zero leading. Clocks at 1,111fps 10 shot average out my SW M-39.
__________________
Stay safe people!
Reply With Quote
The Following User Likes This Post:
  #19  
Old 07-17-2015, 05:51 PM
fredj338's Avatar
fredj338 fredj338 is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Kalif. usa
Posts: 6,839
Likes: 2,668
Liked 3,923 Times in 2,366 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by m657 View Post
I've used all those powders OP mentioned, with 'meh' results.

Lately been exploring 124 g RNL with HS6 with pleasing results so far in variety of recipes from low to high end of mfg chart.

Unsure of final claims to accuracy but as yet NO leading in any charge weight, using old P35 and newer P320.

Would love to try G34 with lead but that seems to be of considerable debate, while Glock Itself advises against it.
Go ahead, it isn't going to KB your GLock. I have a 1st gen G17. Before the lead bullet warnings, I put 1000s thru it. Just clean the bbl more often than you would a non poly bbl.
Leading is rarely an issue other than poor fit. Not vel, not alloy, not powder or lube, fit is king. You need an alloy "tough" enough to withstand deformation under pressure, but vel isn't the issue. I can run a pretty soft, 8-10BHN bullet in my 45-70 @ 1500fps w/ little to no leading. Pressures are pretty low though, lower than 9mm.
__________________
NRA Cert. Inst. IDPA CSO
Reply With Quote
The Following 2 Users Like Post:
  #20  
Old 07-17-2015, 06:15 PM
Ed Fowler's Avatar
Ed Fowler Ed Fowler is offline
Member
What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets? What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets? What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets? What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets? What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets?  
Join Date: May 2014
Location: Central Wyoming
Posts: 1,164
Likes: 2,998
Liked 1,557 Times in 628 Posts
Default

Been using 700 X and love it, but don't tell anyone because it is hard to get. I find 122 grain TC lead bullets outperform the 115 round nose at long range (88 yards).
Reply With Quote
The Following User Likes This Post:
  #21  
Old 07-17-2015, 07:54 PM
Kframerbluvr Kframerbluvr is offline
Member
What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets? What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets? What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets? What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets? What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets?  
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Central Virginia
Posts: 625
Likes: 4,454
Liked 481 Times in 235 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by fredj338 View Post
Go ahead, it isn't going to KB your GLock. I have a 1st gen G17. Before the lead bullet warnings, I put 1000s thru it. Just clean the bbl more often than you would a non poly bbl.
Leading is rarely an issue other than poor fit. Not vel, not alloy, not powder or lube, fit is king. You need an alloy "tough" enough to withstand deformation under pressure, but vel isn't the issue. I can run a pretty soft, 8-10BHN bullet in my 45-70 @ 1500fps w/ little to no leading. Pressures are pretty low though, lower than 9mm.
Yep. Bought 122 grain FPL bullets sized .357 from Dardas last year and settled on a load of 4 grains of 231. No leading in Gen 2 G17 and G19 and Beretta 92FC, minimal leading in SIG P228.
I did have several issues of failure to chamber in both Glocks. My 9mm brass stockpile is mixed brands and I suspect some were thicker than others, possibly making the rounds slightly too large in diameter for the Glock's chambers. No chambering issues in either the SIG or the Beretta. I have switched to Berry's plated FP bullets in .356 diameter for 9mm reloading. No more chambering issues..
Reply With Quote
The Following User Likes This Post:
  #22  
Old 07-17-2015, 08:50 PM
bedbugbilly bedbugbilly is offline
Member
What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets? What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets? What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets? What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets? What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets?  
Join Date: Nov 2010
Posts: 381
Likes: 0
Liked 153 Times in 88 Posts
Default

I use either Bulls Eye or Red Dot - lot's of others work just as well. If you are shooting lead - you really need to get a copy of Lymans Cast Bullet Handbook - a great source for various grain weights and powder data.

If you are getting leading . . . as already stated . . . powder has very little to do with that. The speed you are pushing them does but even more, your bullet to bore fit. You are using .356 . . . what does your bore slug at? If you haven't slugged it . . start there. I shoot primarily my own cast . . in a Ruger SR9 I'm using the Lee 356-120-TC and the Lyman/Ideal 358-242 - 121 is grain RN. Both of those drop at .358 from my molds with using "range lead". I load and shoot "as cast" - no sizing - tumble lubed in Alox & Paste Wax. I don't load anywhere near "max load" - I work my loads up so the pistol will cycle - usually about half-way between minimum and maximum data and usually towards the minimum. Each handgun will be different though and 9mm bores can vary.
Reply With Quote
The Following User Likes This Post:
  #23  
Old 07-18-2015, 04:19 PM
sigpro2022 sigpro2022 is offline
Member
What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets? What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets? What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets? What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets? What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets?  
Join Date: Sep 2013
Posts: 10
Likes: 12
Liked 5 Times in 3 Posts
Default

Well I slugged my barrel and came up with .357" so the bullets .356" are too small hince the leading. So I decided I'm going to remove the lube and powder coat them. The coating will make these shootable bullets by increasing .001-.002 to the diameter
Reply With Quote
  #24  
Old 07-18-2015, 04:26 PM
sigpro2022 sigpro2022 is offline
Member
What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets? What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets? What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets? What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets? What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets?  
Join Date: Sep 2013
Posts: 10
Likes: 12
Liked 5 Times in 3 Posts
Default

Thanks for all the information. I'm going to buy the handbook by Lyman that many of you have suggested. I gotten some great ideas on here. Thanks again guys. My "home" gun forum is MSGO, Mississippi Gun Owners, https://www.msgo.com feel free to stop by and visit. I'm definitely going to be following & posting more here.
Reply With Quote
  #25  
Old 07-18-2015, 04:30 PM
rwsmith's Avatar
rwsmith rwsmith is offline
Member
What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets? What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets? What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets? What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets? What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets?  
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: (outside) Charleston, SC
Posts: 29,686
Likes: 38,913
Liked 27,516 Times in 13,089 Posts
Default I've had great luck lately......

I've had great luck with Red Dot and Acc #7. I wouldn't have tried them if it weren't for the shortage. No reason at all why Unique and Bullseye shouldn't do just fine.
__________________
"He was kinda funny lookin'"
Reply With Quote
  #26  
Old 07-18-2015, 04:51 PM
venomballistics's Avatar
venomballistics venomballistics is offline
Member
What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets? What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets? What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets? What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets? What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets?  
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: between beers
Posts: 7,376
Likes: 3,737
Liked 4,837 Times in 2,428 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by sigpro2022 View Post
Well I slugged my barrel and came up with .357" so the bullets .356" are too small hince the leading. So I decided I'm going to remove the lube and powder coat them. The coating will make these shootable bullets by increasing .001-.002 to the diameter
Yes, that's one of the many talents of the full plastic jacket treatment.
__________________
it just needs more voltage
Reply With Quote
The Following User Likes This Post:
  #27  
Old 07-19-2015, 11:29 AM
SMSgt SMSgt is online now
Member
What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets? What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets? What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets? What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets? What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets?  
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Florida
Posts: 4,164
Likes: 1,669
Liked 4,271 Times in 1,758 Posts
Default

I've used HP-38 (WW231) with 9mm cast bullets in 124/125 grains from several bullet makers and all have shot well, no leading. HP-38 will get sooty in the lower half of the data range while the upper half of the data range will burn noticeably cleaner.
Reply With Quote
The Following User Likes This Post:
  #28  
Old 07-19-2015, 12:44 PM
fredj338's Avatar
fredj338 fredj338 is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Kalif. usa
Posts: 6,839
Likes: 2,668
Liked 3,923 Times in 2,366 Posts
Default

I consider w231/hp38 as the slow end of fast burners or the fast end of medium burners. A useful powder for general reloading, but works best at midrange & up.
__________________
NRA Cert. Inst. IDPA CSO
Reply With Quote
  #29  
Old 07-19-2015, 06:07 PM
springer99's Avatar
springer99 springer99 is offline
Member
What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets? What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets? What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets? What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets? What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets?  
Join Date: Jun 2015
Location: Mid-Pa aka Pennsytucky
Posts: 183
Likes: 66
Liked 176 Times in 80 Posts
Default

Bullet fit is much more important than powder selection in preventing leading. I've found that cast bullets sized .357 solved ALL my leading problems in 9mm and 38Super. I like W231/HP38 alot for target loads with HS6 being a bit better when going for higher velocities. HS6 will also burn cleaner at higher velocity and with heavier bullets. YMMV.
Reply With Quote
  #30  
Old 07-20-2015, 01:23 PM
gwpercle's Avatar
gwpercle gwpercle is offline
Member
What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets? What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets? What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets? What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets? What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets?  
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Baton Rouge, La.
Posts: 5,908
Likes: 5,787
Liked 6,493 Times in 3,034 Posts
Default

Sized .357, leaves no leading . .355 and .356 didn't work that well .
Have loaded the following :
105 gr. Semi Wad Cutter
120 gr. Truncated Cone
125 gr. Round Nose
All cast with Lee moulds and all sized .357.
Accurate and no lead out of three different 9 mm handguns.
Used : Unique, Red dot and 700X powders. At velocties that would reliably function all the guns, these were not maximum loads.
Driving lead too fast with a soft plain based alloy can cause leading.
Gary
Reply With Quote
  #31  
Old 07-20-2015, 02:06 PM
dave_g dave_g is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 105
Likes: 6
Liked 32 Times in 18 Posts
Default

Another vote for 231 and Unique, both of which work well in 9mm. I suppose there are a lot of powders that do.

As already stated, the most important thing to avoid leading in 9mm is the bullet diameter. For many guns .356 is too small. My 39-2 didn't lead a lot, but accuracy was poor until I went to .357. Some guns may need .358.

Once you get the right bullet 9mm is great with cast lead.
Reply With Quote
  #32  
Old 07-20-2015, 02:48 PM
paragain paragain is offline
Member
What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets? What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets? What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets? What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets? What is a good powder to use loading 9mm cast bullets?  
Join Date: Nov 2014
Location: Triad NC
Posts: 390
Likes: 693
Liked 753 Times in 169 Posts
Default

I use 231 and am happy with the results.
Reply With Quote
  #33  
Old 07-20-2015, 07:51 PM
rockquarry rockquarry is online now
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 4,388
Likes: 4
Liked 4,861 Times in 2,337 Posts
Default

I'm unfamiliar with Clays, but I would try all the powders you have on hand and use the largest diameter bullet that will freely chamber, probably .358". However, I've found these fat bullets don't work well in an H&K or a Glock. Someone mentioned the Lyman Cast Bullet book. It's a necessity.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
First Time Loading Cast Bullets in .45ACP Semi-Auto sonofthebeach Reloading 27 02-01-2015 02:09 PM
Loading for Hard Cast bullets with Gas Check cpatbay Reloading 18 02-03-2014 04:18 AM
Loading data for laser cast bullets cpatbay Reloading 4 01-13-2014 08:35 PM
new to loading cast bullets Infidel_319 Reloading 7 04-19-2013 11:34 PM
Best powder for 9MM cast bullets. Waldo Reloading 14 12-09-2009 10:59 PM

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3
smith-wessonforum.com tested by Norton Internet Security smith-wessonforum.com tested by McAfee Internet Security

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 11:17 PM.


Search Engine Optimisation provided by DragonByte SEO v2.0.42 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2021 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
Smith-WessonForum.com is not affiliated with Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation (NASDAQ Global Select: SWHC)