i'm preparing to load my very first rounds. i just purchased my first press and supporting hardware (lee breech lock challanger). the place i bought it from, cabelas' had everything on the shelf. though they didn't have the recepie componets i was looking for.
the salesman seemed very knowledgeable. he asked what i was looking for. i told him something that was close to the wwb fmj we had been shooting for the brass. he looked up a load in one of the 20 books they had. should have payed more attention myself, to busy looking through them also.
he suggested for the 9mm a win. 115 fmj fb. cci 500 primers and titegroup powder. he said to use the jacketed bullet loading data from the books i bought and what was printed on the powder container. also to start at the bottom of the scale.. he said this load closely matches the wwb rounds i have been using.
i bought the lyman handbook #49 and the lyman pistol & revolver handbook #3. these are the first books i have read so far.
looking at the data tables in both books, the label on the container and the load data supplied with the lee die set i purchesed. show only loads using jhp ammo. nothing with fmj. with a varying start and maximum load charge for this powder.
both the lyman books show the same loads for 115g 9mm using jhp xtp bullets.
titegroup powder loads
min. 4.0 max 4.5 oal 1.090"
the hodgdens container, along with there data listed on thier web site, lists. 9mm 115g speer gold dot hp's
site data min. 4.5 max 4.8 col 1.125
the container lists same bullet and only a 4.8 max. col of 1.125"
the card that came in the lee die set lists' "jacketed" bullet and this titegroup powder at:
min. 4.5 and max. 4.8 oal 1.125
i now know why people told me to reasearch several different data offerings before selecting a load.
if i start with a load of 4.5gn. i'm at min. spec. for one listing and at maximum at another.
where do i start??????????????????