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Old 04-01-2012, 06:01 PM   #1
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Default Reloading hard cast in a semi-auto 9mm

I have been reloading for a few years and have used a lot of hard cast in wheel, lever, and single actions with good results. Anyone using them in semi-autos and have you run into any issues? Primary reason is the cost effectiveness of hard cast vs jacketed or even plated bullets.

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A lot of semi auto handgun companies highly discourage use of those.
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A lot of semi auto handgun companies highly discourage use of those.
Is there a reason that you know of? I wouldn't run true lead bullets, but a good hard cast doesn't seem like it would be a problem at the velocities the 9mm generates. Figured I would ask, as I didn't find much online.

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The handgun companies discourage their use because of liability issues. They also discourage reloads of any kind. People who use handguns in competitions (IPSC, USPSA etc) use lead bullets all the time, yes, even in handguns with polygonal rifling like the Glock.
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The handgun companies discourage their use because of liability issues. They also discourage reloads of any kind. People who use handguns in competitions (IPSC, USPSA etc) use lead bullets all the time, yes, even in handguns with polygonal rifling like the Glock.

That makes sense. Not sure if I will eventually try it or not. I am running plated bullets right now (Berrys) but accuracy was marginal at best on my first outing. I am going to try a couple of different recipes since I bought 1000 of them. Although hard cast are cheaper, it is only $20 or so cheaper per 1000 over some FMJ and plated options which I would prefer to go with.
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I've been using the 124G hp from berry's in my 9mm with very good results up to 1100fps, and great substitute for the Hornady XTP in the same weight.
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Shot probably a 1000 out of my 45. Didnt have any money then either, I used old wheel weights. Swaged with wax for lube. Worked fine for me.
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im reloaded those......I have a small box of 250 if you want em......
No issues they run fine - that blue band of lube just is too much smoke for indoor range use
plus lead bullets will raise your blood levels up I hear so IMO its not worth saving 30 bucks a 1000
so I prefer to reload FMJs from Berrys or Delta Precision ..
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That makes sense. Not sure if I will eventually try it or not. I am running plated bullets right now (Berrys) but accuracy was marginal at best on my first outing. I am going to try a couple of different recipes since I bought 1000 of them. Although hard cast are cheaper, it is only $20 or so cheaper per 1000 over some FMJ and plated options which I would prefer to go with.
I use plated bullets, you may have to tune the length to get the best accuracy. Nothing wrong with them if you get it right. Like I said a lot of people use plated, lead and hard cast in competition and get good accuracy with them. With lead you don't want to push them too fast or you will be cleaning your gun a lot.
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