9mm Reloading - Seating \ Crimping Question

This is a discussion on 9mm Reloading - Seating \ Crimping Question within the Reloading forums, part of the Defensive Ammunition & Ballistics category; Originally Posted by heylin My test round came out at 1.14 OAL, ive also loaded at 4.3-4.4gr starting. Does this all sound OK ? My ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by heylin View Post
    My test round came out at 1.14 OAL, ive also loaded at 4.3-4.4gr starting. Does this all sound OK ?

    My Lee Perfect powder is quite consistant did 5 lots of 10 test loads and all averaged at 4.3 - 4.4 gr

    My 10 test rounds I loaded at 4.3gr weighed individually.
    Sounds good. Any rounds downrange yet????
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    Sounds good. Any rounds downrange yet????
    Nothing downrange yet, going to take them out this weekend and test, all going well I can start production and get a quantity into my stockpile.

    Got about 500 rounds sized, belled and primed ready to be charged.

    Will try and remember to bring my camera and take some photos of the results.

    Now which gun to use or mabey destroy if my scales were wrong
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    That little Lee scale that came in your kit is plenty accurate..

    Have a blast and let us know how your day went.

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    boscobeans is correct regarding the Lee Scale. There is something you must do however to use it safely.

    It relies on a level table and calibration of Zero to yield reliable results.

    If your table is not level and you shift position of the scale error will be introduced. You should verify Zero each reloading session to prevent error creeping in.

    Good luck
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    A word about crimping. If you want a good uniform crimp, you should trim your brass. New and once fired brass can be way out of spec. If the case mouth is uneven crimping will be erratic. Lee makes an excellent case trimmer/gauge that is so idiot proof that even I turn out great reloads.
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    boscobeans is correct regarding the Lee Scale. There is something you must do however to use it safely.

    It relies on a level table and calibration of Zero to yield reliable results.

    If your table is not level and you shift position of the scale error will be introduced. You should verify Zero each reloading session to prevent error creeping in.

    Good luck
    Yep I placed it on a heavy wooden chest with flat top, hung the basket and used zero poise to get perfect balance, then weighed a couple dozen test charges to get close to 4.3.

    I even re-zeroed the following day and rechecked a couple cases to make sure it was 4.3.

    So yep ive triple checked everything, those cases should have 4.3 in all of them.
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    tested my 10 rounds yesterday in my Glock 19, all chambered, fired and extracted fine.

    Load felt lighter than my factory reloads estimate the factory reloads to be around 4.5 - 4.6 grains

    Grouping was nothing to go by as I was a bit nervous shooting my rounds for the first time, 6" at 10 yards.

    Will make a couple hundred a of these at 4.3 and see how they go, then mabey move upto 4.5.
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    Glad your first shoot went well. How did they group compared to your factory rounds ?
    If they are in the same area you have a great round to use at the range.

    Range ammo is great for the range and SD rounds are for SD. If you are in the same ballpark with what you rolled at home (at 10 yards) you have it made.
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    Glad your first shoot went well. How did they group compared to your factory rounds ?
    If they are in the same area you have a great round to use at the range.

    Range ammo is great for the range and SD rounds are for SD. If you are in the same ballpark with what you rolled at home (at 10 yards) you have it made.
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    Well 3 of the shots were hole in hole on the 10, so I reckon its just as accurate as my factory rounds, made another 200 this morning so will do some more testing.

    Also made some lovely 123GR Lapua Megashock JHP at 4.5gr in shiney nickle cases.
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    Lapua Megashock..? Sounds like an interesting bullet. I don't come up with anything on it. But if it's Lapua it must be high quality.

    3 rounds, one hole. I bet you got a kick out of that.. I know I would.

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    Lapua Megashock..? Sounds like an interesting bullet. I don't come up with anything on it. But if it's Lapua it must be high quality.

    3 rounds, one hole. I bet you got a kick out of that.. I know I would.
    Pretty good price as well they were $24US per 100. I should post up some pics the finished rounds are quite nice looking.
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    Finally got some pics of my first reloaded JHPs

    - Cases are Federal nickle coated brass
    - Federal Premium 100 primers
    - Lapua 123gr Megashock JHP

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    Pretty!

    Weird hp design though...
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    Weird hp design though...
    Yeah it is rather strange design, I might shoot some water bottles and see if can retrieve an expanded round and post up pics.
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    say if you want to shoot a jug of water or into water to see how a hollow point expands how deep must the water be. I have a water trough outside thats around 2feet deep would that be deep enough where it wouldnt do all the way through the bottom of it??

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