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Old January 8th, 2013, 03:03 PM   #1
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reloading with bullseye powder.

Hi! Im new to reloading and though I would start with 9mm. I have berry's 115gr. rn bullets and bullseye powder. I am using a Lee deluxe turret press. My problem is trying to find load data for this combo. Its has some load info in my lyman load book but it is for a 115gr. hp bullet. It doesnt have a listing in the Lee book. Do you need to use data specifically for the profile of the bullet or does that matter as long as its the same weight? Im not sure what to use on it. Can anyone help here?

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Old January 8th, 2013, 03:33 PM   #2
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Finding good data for plated bullets is always difficult.

I have a similar same setup, and have loaded this combination with success.

I would caution you to keep checking around for other 115gr lead bullet recipes to compare it to, so use with caution.

I use 4.5 grains of bullseye, 115gr rn Berry plated, 1.13" OAL, CCI 500 primer and a light crimp. They've shot well out of a XDm, but that's about all I've tried it on.

I also have loaded these bullets with W231 which is what I use in all my other calibers other than 357.

Good luck!
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The 8th edition of the hornady reloading manual does list bullseye and 115 grain HP-XTP and 115 FMJ-RN bullets. If you are new to reloading, be very careful when loading with bullseye powder. It doesn't take much and depending on the cartridge, you could have a double charge of powder in one of the cases and not be able to tell looking at the charged cases in a loading tray. Be sure you double-check yourself on every step to ensure you have done it all right. I hope your die set uses a "taper-crimp" instead of a roll crimp die as this cartridge head-spaces on the mouth of the case. Also be sure you have the seating depth of the bullet right (short enough to fit in the magazine) but not too short. I am not trying to spook you.....just be very sure you know what you are doing. (If you can get an experienced reloader to work with you the first time you assemble any ammo....that would go a long way towards keeping you out of trouble). The bullet shape is not as much concern as the bullet weight and dia. For 9MM, bullets should be of .355 dia. and round nose bullets feed more reliably than "bucket-mouth" hollow-points.
Hornady shows ,for 115 grain Jacketed bullets of .355 dia.

Starting 3.9 grains Bullseye @1000 FPS from a 4" barrel
Maximun 4.6 grains Bullseye @ 1,150 FPS

Always start at or very near the starting load and SLOWLY work your way up looking for signs of pressure along the way. You will most likely get flattened primers well before you get to a max load.
If your first load does not cycle your pistol, you may need to increase the powder charge 2/10 or 3/10 of a grain at a time until it functions.
Good luck, and NEVER just duplicate someone else's load-data with out consulting a good loading manual to make sure it is within safe limits.

You will find that by reloading, you will save money, shoot more often, and find satisfaction in developing loads that will shoot and function better than any factory ammo you can buy....................................
>>>> Good Luck....and Good Shooting <<<<<..........Don in SC
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