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9mm long and short line loads

Post by Lightfoot on Wed Sep 28, 2016 12:38 am

I inherited a government model series 70 colt in 9 mm. I just took it to a local smith for a new trigger, trigger job, and slide to frame fit up. (Old school guy did great work for a low price btw). It shoots so much better now that I'm going to have him install adjustable sights too.

Well I figure why not monkey around a bit a find a load that will be competition worthy. I may never actually shoot it In a match, but who knows?

Anyone have input on a nice soft short line load and a tight 50 yd load?

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Re: 9mm long and short line loads

Post by LenV on Wed Sep 28, 2016 12:44 am

Nope, not really. I have been searching a long time for that nice soft short line load. None of the loads I found work as good as my snappy 50 yd load (6.4 gr power pistol and 115gr HAP) I have tried a lot of different loads. There are two or three that work but the hot load works better. I will post a link here as soon as I find it about the trials I did.

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This has most of the info.  http://www.bullseyeforum.net/t5860-9mm-bullseye-loads?highlight=9mm+loads

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Re: 9mm long and short line loads

Post by SmokinNJokin on Wed Sep 28, 2016 10:20 am

Lightfoot,
I have your recipes, will post them in a couple weeks when I get back home! They use WSF and 115gr bullets (HAP or XTP for long line and whatever cheapest 115FMJ you can find for short line).
Whats the twist rate on your Colt barrel btw?

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Re: 9mm long and short line loads

Post by Bill Treanor on Wed Sep 28, 2016 10:45 am

I just shot a personal best (278) in a leg match with my Beretta M9 this past weekend using two new loads: Hornady 115 HAP with 6.4 gr. Power Pistol for the long line and a Hornady 147 gr. FMJ with 4.0 Power Pistol for the short line. I know that using the heavier bullet weight on the short line seems counterintuitive, but I've found it to be less "snappy" than the 115 or 124 grain bullets, accurate enough (shot a 98-5 in TF), and functions reliably.

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Re: 9mm long and short line loads

Post by Christopher Miceli on Wed Sep 28, 2016 11:03 am

Bill Treanor wrote:I just shot a personal best (278) in a leg match with my Beretta M9 this past weekend using two new loads: Hornady 115 HAP with 6.4 gr. Power Pistol for the long line and a Hornady 147 gr. FMJ with 4.0 Power Pistol for the short line. I know that using the heavier bullet weight on the short line seems counterintuitive, but I've found it to be less "snappy" than the 115 or 124 grain bullets, accurate enough (shot a 98-5 in TF), and functions reliably.
barrel twist?

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Re: 9mm long and short line loads

Post by Bill Treanor on Wed Sep 28, 2016 11:22 am

I'm not sure. I know that it's a KKM barrel and the gun was built by David Sams. Hope that helps.

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Re: 9mm long and short line loads

Post by SmokinNJokin on Wed Sep 28, 2016 11:52 am

Probably the old 1:32

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Re: 9mm long and short line loads

Post by Saladman on Wed Sep 28, 2016 1:28 pm

If he's shooting 147gr loads then it's gotta be one of the newer faster twist KKM barrels.  Just speculation of course.  I have bad luck with 9mm.  Crying or Very sad

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Re: 9mm long and short line loads

Post by robert84010 on Wed Sep 28, 2016 1:31 pm

I agree that it is probably a faster twist. I heard that the 32 twist will put the 147 in sideways at 25 yards.

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9mm long and short line loads

Post by Pat Nemes on Sat Oct 01, 2016 1:43 pm

 I like Red Dot in my 9MM. 50yds 3.9 Gr with a 115 gr extreme plate HP and 25 yds. 3.6 gr with a 125Gr truncated plain lead bullet. CCI 500 primers and mixed range brass.

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Re: 9mm long and short line loads

Post by SmokinNJokin on Mon Oct 03, 2016 9:25 am

It seems like the general consensus that the heavier bullets make good reduced power short line loads? I though reduced 115 loads felt pretty good, but recoil is the enemy...

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