I have always loaded 124 gr. Bullets in 9mm, but recently thought about moving down to 115gr.
So that had me wondering which bullet weight most reloaders use for 9mm and why?
I prefer heavy & slow. 147gr black bullet international over 3.2 Gt of VV N320. Crawls out the barrel at 830 FPS and leaves a pile of brass right next to the ejection port.
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I like to reload to Federal (FBI, ATF, etc) specs. They use 124gr loads. So, that's what I try to load for. However, my wife prefers 115gr, so I load that for her!
I really have settled on the 145/147 coated bullets. 124/125 gr lead were the shiz for years, shot well in any 9mm pistol....but the heavies are what I use for Steel Challenge and USPSA. We also have had some great results with 160/165's.
124gr are my choice. The 115 give me a different POI with my gun.
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Same here, no matter the caliber. 147gr for 9mm.
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I use a 135 grain RNFP NOE mold, and powder coat. One of the best shooting bullets I've tried yet.
The 135's are growing on me as well. That weight in the Federal defense loading is very accurate, and my hand loaded test of Hi-Tek coated 135's has been most pleasing. We live in a great time for such supplies
I load mostly 115 FMJ bullets in 9mm brass.
115gr, usually cheapest Copper Plated available!
For competition I like 147gr, easier to make power factor & recoil impulse is push instead of twist. For general practice I like 124gr, it is what I carry.
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I load 98% 9mm 115gr. The other 2% 147gr for use in the suppressor.
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115 & 124 is what I primarily use.
I prefer the 124.
Depends on what's on special. I'm loading 147 grain right now, but tuesday I pick up 4,000 rounds of 124 grain. I've been doing a lot of 115 grain, largely because I'm cheap.
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