Thanks to my lovely wife, I got some 9mm reloading stuff for Christmas and just found some time to setup my Dillon 9mm dies, toolhead assembly and configure them to reload 9mm.
I did have a question to anyone who’s reading this who has experience reloading 9mm, here’s a pic of the finished product, OAL is 1.125 (as suggested by Hodgdon). Why is there a dip (or taper) in the middle of the ammo? Is that normal?
The diameter at the rear of the case is 0.388, the middle is 0.376 and the neck is 0.377-0.378.
Am I doing something wrong?
From various friends and forums, the Coca-Cola bottle / Hourglass shape of the 9mm round is normal, the case isn’t straight walled like a .40S&W or a .45 ACP. The round above though doesn’t have enough crimp. I’ve added more crimp and taken another picture to compare :
The neck is now .375-.376. Looks much better. That said, when I pulled the bullet, the crimp leaves a mark. I’m not sure if this is good or not.
I wanted to trade some of the .40 S&W brass (3,000) that I had for some 9mm brass that I intend to reload and decided to do it today. I started counting in batches of 5, but after 300 rounds, I can see that this is going to take a LONG time to complete. I decided to use the weight approximation method to count 3,000 rounds. Put 300 rounds on my weighing scale and to my surprise. 3lbs. HMM! Does that mean that 1lb of .40S&W brass = 100 rounds?
I took 10 rounds and weighed them, 1.5oz. Wow that’s pretty close. so instead of counting up to 3,000 which I suspect, would have taken me a good hour or so, I packed three ziplock bags, 10lbs each for a total of 3,000 rounds. approx
10mins and I’m done. Great! Back to some wine and TV.
Just installed some upgrades for my Glock 19 today :
Slug Plug – to plug the hole in the grip. I don’t know why Glock never bothered to fill this in the first place. WEIRD!
Stainless Recoil Guide Rod – this one is noisier than the stock polymer guide rod but more durable.
Extended Magazine Release – I also filed down the sides to give it a slight bevel so it won’t bite into my skin.
A Glock .25cent Trigger Job – basically polishing the metal areas to smoothen out the action. It works, just barely, you can tell that the trigger pull is slightly smoother, but you can still feel the polymer on steel drag during the pull.
A Scherer 3.5# Connector – Had to polish the heck out of this one. Look at all the imperfections. sheesh.
All done, except for the extended slide release which is on Backorder.
Finally caved into getting one. The venerable Glock. after looking high and low, asking lots of fellow shooters what would be the best, I settled on the Glock 19. Small compact frame in 9mm Luger.
Also bought a cheap Raven Concealment Holster off someone on a Forum that holds the gun tight and close to my body. This is a very popular holster that would take anywhere up to 18 weeks to be delivered. I got lucky!
Avid shooters would know which movie my title quote came from.