Lee , 9mm, 125 gr. RN, 2R

Ben

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I have the Lee , 125 gr. RN mould in a 6 cavity.
It will rain bullets.
I think I have found me a good load for my 9mm handguns and Ruger rifle.
This target was shot with this load at 40 yards with the Ruger rifle ( a full 17 rd. mag. in this target ) .











This load functions 100% in my S&W Model 59 , 9mm
and my Ruger 9 mm Rifle.
 
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Cherokee

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Great shooting Ben, and a good load. I have not found any 9mm load so far that will not shoot great from my Ruger PC.
 

Ben

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I will also add that My Ruger 9mm carbine has yet to display any tendency to jam on ANY 9mm bullet design. Functions 100% with any cast bullet that I feed it. The only critical comment I have is that my Ruger 9mm carbine is HEAVY. If you are looking for a light weight carbine , this isn't it.

Ben
 
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Cherokee

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Yes, its heavy. I like the weight of my M1 Carbines, but weight is a factor in blowback designs.
 

KeithB

Resident Half Fast Machinist
Ben, your target has the notation .3575" on it. Do they drop big enough to size to that diameter? I have a HiPower that uses lead that I size to .3575 to .3580". A lot of 9mm molds don't drop that big, so I either enlarge the mold or use bullets designed for .38/.357 cartridges. I like 6 banger Lee molds and like that design but I've held off because of the diameter issue.
 

CZ93X62

Redlands, Kalifornistan
My two Lee 9mm moulds (the RN 120 featured here and the 122 TC) both drop in 92/6/2 at .357 + a couple/three tenths. Both 'clean up' to .357" in a Lyman H&I die of that spec, and shoot well in my SIGs and Ruger P-89X. NOT as well as Ben's targets, but acceptably for service-grade pistols at 25 yards driving castings at 1200 FPS+ from fast-twist OEM barrels.
 

Ben

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Mine does drop that large.
But let's all remember that this mould is a Lee.
Does that mean anything as to the diameter of the next one that you might purchase ? ? Probably not.........
I wish Lee was as good on quality control as they were at painting things RED.

Ben
 
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KeithB

Resident Half Fast Machinist
I'd take the chance and buy one, if it came out too small I'd PC it. Problem is in Indiana "plastic coated" handgun bullets are illegal. I don't want to get busted for breaking a really stupid law.
 

Cherokee

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My Lee 356120TC w/lube grooves, using 3/3/94 alloy, drops at .3572 on the part lines and .360 90* from the part lines. The out of round bullets clean up nicely sized .357 and shoot great in the Ruger and my 9mm's out to 25 yd. But like Ben said, quality control is not Lee's strength.
 
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freebullet

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Lol, my Lee 356-125 2r drops at .359 & 129gr. Flip a coin....

It is very accurate out of almost anything. Ours is pretty worn, has dropped over 50k & been through 2 sprue plates.
 
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Kevin Stenberg

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Ben in one of your earlier posts. You told of using the same load of American Select. So i went hunting in my manuals and only found 1 entry of using A.S. in 4 books. Which doesn't mean a thing.
I sure wish my High Point was as jam proof as your Ruger. But I'm still working on that.
 

Ben

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American Select is a fairly new propellant.
I found my data online.
I'll admit that it will not been seen in a very wide selection of loading manuals.
However, my load is safe , clean burning, accurate, and economical.
I have an 8 pounder of American Select.
I introduced JW to Amer. Select.
He really likes it.

With all that said..........there could very well be 10 other powders that would do just as well or better in my 9mm pistols and rifles ? ?

Ben
 
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