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I’ve loaded thousands of rounds of 115 plated for 9mm. Basically started just looking for a load that would function well and stuck with it.
Economically and time wise it probably doesn’t pay off, but I worked shift work in the PNW and found that on the many groggy rainy afternoons loading 9mm was a relaxing activity.
Now that I’m retired I find I shoot more often and reload less.

Some questions about 9mm:
What is your go to plinking load?
Do any of you load your own concealed carry ammo? If so, what bullet do you use?
Where is the best/cheapest place to buy bullets?


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Handloading is always rewarding no matter what caliber you load. I've been at it since 1981. Plinking load either 115 or 124 FMJ with Hodgdon CFE Pistol. I always read for concealed carry you should use factory. Because some a hole lawyer who may defend a criminal that you didn't terminate will try to use that against you some way. I buy from Midsouth Shooters, Midway, Natchess, Berry's etc. Enjoy!
 

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Only 9mm I reload is with homemade cast lead powder coated bullets because I already cast my own lead bullets for 11 other calibers and for me it's the only way to load 9mm for less than factory loaded ammo. Because I buy my powder in bulk and primers on sale my total cost per shot for 380 acp, 9mm and 38 spc is under 5 cents depending on the powder I use. For the lowest cost I use 700x powder, but bullseye is more accurate and almost as cost efficient as 700x. If I want more velocity I use longshot powder. Truthfully though I don't really load much 9mm anymore because I can buy factory loaded for $8 a box. Once in a while I will if I get bored with other calibers. I prefer reloading 38 special more because the empty brass casings don't go flying all over the place where I need to pick them up afterwards.
 

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I load 125 gr RN Blue Coated bullets or 124 gr JHP Montana Gold using either Sport Pistol or TiteGroup powder. The cheapest way to buy them is directly from the manufacturers as they have free shipping on certain quantities.

The cheapest place to buy commercial loaded ammo I know is Target Sports USA. Low prices and free shipping on quantities of 1000 on most brands.

My carry ammo is all commercial high performance +P.
 

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I cast my own bullets . 120 or 124 grain Truncated Cone , sizwd .357 .
with any of the following :

5.5 grains AA#5 (Accurate Arms)
5.0 grains Unique
4.9 grains HP38 / 231
4.1 grains Red Dot
4.0 grains Bullseye
3.8 grains 700X

My most favored load is a 124 Truncated Cone, cast lead and 5.0 grains Unique .
Have used this one for decades and still a favorite .
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Whatever is on sale at Xtreme bullets website when I run out of 9mm. Was using 700X but going to Titegroup or HP-38. I don't carry my handloads as stated above a slimy lawyer could make it seem it was preconceived there would be a shooting by my hand.
 

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ALDEMAN no i dont load my concealed carry ammunition, what i do is copy my Winchester Ranger 147 Gr JHP load by using all Winchester components and OAL. Using a powder that gives me the same recoil impulse along with the same point of impact as my carry load. This is what i practice with. 25-50 rounds per range trip, at 7-15 yards.
 

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For 9mm I use x-treme 124gr round nose and 5.1gr of Hodgdon CFE Pistol powder. Use CCI small pistol primers. Recently bought a used Hornady Ammo Plant. Use assorted range brass purchased from an inside range mostly. Works great...

x-treme bullets and sister company Freedom Munitions were both just purchased by a new owner after bankruptcy. Hopefully the quality and price stay OK.

I Conceal Carry with my own loaded ammo. No worries on my part.
 

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My go to range practice loads are 124 gr RN plated Berrys bullets loaded with 4.8 grains of HP-38. Used to use 115 gr RN plated Berrys bullets but the 124 gr groups a little better than the 115 gr bullets. Have used Power Pistol, AA#5 and BE 86 with good results also.
 

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I switched from Xtreme plated to Acme coated bullets. Cannot beat their price and shipping. I now reload .38 & .45, and they sell 9mm:

9mm

Good accuracy too. Only thing cheaper would be to cast your own,
 

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well, my go to load is a 115 RN or HP extreme with w231 I use this load in my pistols and rifles. For a defensive bullet I would look at the speer deep curl, its bonded, and its known to be good in that role by many LE units.

I have a question thats always bugged me. Let say you by some chance were carrying your personal reloads as defensive rounds. Highly unfortunately you have to defend yourself with your firearm. So my question is how is anyone gonna know that the rounds your firearm is loaded with is a reload, and not factory? All the bullets are the same ones used by manufacturers, the powders are the same, and pressures and powder charges are saami listed which reloaders and manufacturers both use. So how can the difference be determined? Im not saying it cannot with the advancements in forensic science, however if you don't say it, who is gonna know otherwise? I would imagine that if they are looking at you that closely, you already done for anyways. Not trying to highjack the thread, just want some others opinions on this since its stated alot, here and everywhere else too. Thoughts?
 

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I have a question thats always bugged me. Let say you by some chance were carrying your personal reloads as defensive rounds. Highly unfortunately you have to defend yourself with your firearm. So my question is how is anyone gonna know that the rounds your firearm is loaded with is a reload, and not factory? . . . Thoughts?
Mas Ayoob wrote about this some time back, and the dangers of an attorney painting a reloader as a crazed nut in court, but as I've studied the issue, I find the evidence is anecdotal at best.

Still, FWIW, I use factory rounds in my self-defense guns, in the home or carried. My reloads resemble them enough to provide good practice.
 

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Mas Ayoob wrote about this some time back, and the dangers of an attorney painting a reloader as a crazed nut in court, but as I've studied the issue, I find the evidence is anecdotal at best.

Still, FWIW, I use factory rounds in my self-defense guns, in the home or carried. My reloads resemble them enough to provide good practice.
I totally understand the reasoning behind carrying factory loads or reloads, I would just be awestruck that anyone could prove the difference without spending alot of greenbacks on scientific research for a moot point, the same results. I mean theoretically if your a reloader who's to say that they won't say you used reloads instead of factory ammo, who can prove otherwise. Just a nagging question, thoughts?
 

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I carry my reloads with my own cast bullets. My sr9c shoots much better with bullets that are a little fatter than factory. If you have a justified shooting, does it matter which ammo you use. For that matter, if you used a 45, could they then say you weren’t trying to stop the threat, but to kill. These are 9mm bullets, and no I don’t load them in the 45c cases in the background.
 

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. If you have a justified shooting, does it matter which ammo you use.
I agree with your point, I do not see that it does, I also do not believe that its totally easy to prove the difference between factory and handload, and if they could prove it, why would they want to? Stiffer sentence? What would be the point? You either were defending your self from a crime, certain death or traumatic bodily harm, or the other side ( perpertrator) you were commiting a crime against someone intending certain death or severe bodily harm. Results seem to be the same either way, and no less or more greater if using factory ammo or reloads? Thats kinda the perspective I have looking from the outside.
 

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I’ve loaded thousands of rounds of 115 plated for 9mm. Basically started just looking for a load that would function well and stuck with it.
Economically and time wise it probably doesn’t pay off, but I worked shift work in the PNW and found that on the many groggy rainy afternoons loading 9mm was a relaxing activity.
Now that I’m retired I find I shoot more often and reload less.

Some questions about 9mm:
What is your go to plinking load?
Do any of you load your own concealed carry ammo? If so, what bullet do you use?
Where is the best/cheapest place to buy bullets?


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I have been loading 3.9 gr of CFE Pistol for 147 gr coated or jacketed 9mm. Shoots just fine. Any of the CFE mid range loads work fine for me from 115 to 147 in my Glocks and AR9s.
I like Bayou for coated and Everglade for jacketed projectiles.
 

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One I really like is Gallant 115gr coated round nose over 4.0gr of Titegroup.
COAL is 1.100" and I use what small pistol primers and brass I can find.
Really good range load.
 

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well, my go to load is a 115 RN or HP extreme with w231 I use this load in my pistols and rifles. For a defensive bullet I would look at the speer deep curl, its bonded, and its known to be good in that role by many LE units.

I have a question thats always bugged me. Let say you by some chance were carrying your personal reloads as defensive rounds. Highly unfortunately you have to defend yourself with your firearm. So my question is how is anyone gonna know that the rounds your firearm is loaded with is a reload, and not factory? All the bullets are the same ones used by manufacturers, the powders are the same, and pressures and powder charges are saami listed which reloaders and manufacturers both use. So how can the difference be determined? Im not saying it cannot with the advancements in forensic science, however if you don't say it, who is gonna know otherwise? I would imagine that if they are looking at you that closely, you already done for anyways. Not trying to highjack the thread, just want some others opinions on this since its stated alot, here and everywhere else too. Thoughts?
They would know what ammo you were using because they would ask you and since you are under oath you would have to tell the truth other wise you would be guilty of perjury. I carry my reloads in my CCW.
 
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