View Full Version : 9mm Reload Screw up. Need Suggestion

09-20-2009, 06:07 PM
I have been reloading for quite a few years. I reload for practice only and reload mostly 45acp.

I have screwed up before but not like this.

While reading the reloading data that I have for 9mm using a 115 gr. RN, I looked at the wrong page and used the loading data for .380. Yea, I know, I should have double checked with my 9mm documents (yes, I keep records of all loads I have every done, See I told you it was stupid![smilie=b:).

Specs: 4gn of Unigue : 115 gr rn

So Now I have 500 rounds of very under powered ammo. I am trying to determine if
1. I should scrap it all and start again
2. Use this very carefully!
3. Put it in a corner and forget about it
4. ???


Don "Ho"

09-20-2009, 08:35 PM
Yes, it's about a grain less than one would like to start with, but, if they will cycle in your pistol I see no reason not to shoot them up. You've got nothing to lose by giving them a try, and I don't see any danger. That's one hell of a lot of bullets to pull, so if they function, I would just shoot them and be happy you weren't on the .357mag page. ;) If the recoil spring in your pistol is light enough, they may shoot without a problem. If they don't cycle, it would be a real pain to load them one at a time. To pull them, I don't think you could get a collet to close on those bullets without damaging them (at least mine wouldn't), so that would leave you to be pulling them with a kinetic unit, and that could take an hour or two of rather tedious hard labor. On the positive side, I bet you won't ever make that mistake again.

09-22-2009, 12:51 AM
heck i'd shoot them unique is pretty forgiving.
the load might just be one you like and it isn't dangerous.
if it doesn't work the slide save a bunch for a new shooter or for rack and tap drills.
i make some underpowered loads for my acp's so i can slip one in at random for the clear and go drill.

09-22-2009, 09:14 PM
I used 4.2 and 4.5 grs of a similar powder with 125 LRN's as my regular target load for a few years.
1911's, CZ's and clones, S&W etc would all cycle.
CZ's wouldn't group with anything, pffffff....

I couldn't find a lighter load in my notes though... let us know how it turns out.


09-23-2009, 09:03 PM
Shot about 150 rounds today with only one stovepipe. All my shooting is 12 yards and closer so I dont think accuracy could be measued correctly. Going out on Friday and do some Chron test and will report back in case anyone is interested.

Thanks for the help

Don " Ho"

09-24-2009, 02:37 AM
cool!! i'm glad that worked out for you..... i would be interested in what the chrony says.......... i load some really anemic .38 spls for the missus to shoot in the colt det spl snubbie she inherited from her late father.......... but then you have a revolver instead of an auto........


10-14-2009, 03:20 AM
:lol:You just nailed the reason I have a 9mm cylinder for my Ruger .357 Blackhawk.

Lord knows anybody who hangs around a shooting range long enough can accumulate a lifetime supply of 9mm brass if you can bend over. I don't load anything special for it, but I shoot a bunch of 9mm in autos, and some of them are finicky. Every now and then I have a run of 9mm reloads that don't suit whatever I'm shooting at the moment, and they go into the bag of 9mm ammo I save for the Blackhawk when I go plinking.

Come on... you really want a Ruger Convertible..... don't you?