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rsnyder55
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Posted - 01/06/2018 :  4:28:10 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I would like to know what ammo anyone else shooting this S&W 9mm revolver is using.

Aluminum cased is definitely a not because the crimp isn't strong enough to hold the bullets in cases. By the 6th round, the remaining rounds are definitely longer and a couple have fallen our of the cases entirely.

Thank you.

EDIT: I called Federal thinking I had a bad batch and evidently they have received many calls about this. I think maybe the aluminum doesn't grip the bullet as well as brass does.

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Edited by - rsnyder55 on 01/06/2018 5:17:15 PM

charliemeyer007
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Posted - 01/06/2018 :  5:12:06 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Read about lots of accuracy issues with them but you are the first with bullet pull problem.

When the 30 carbine Black Hawk came out, it shot factory military ammo just fine (sealed in bullets). Reloads were a PIA as there wasn't a crimp die made back then. IIRC we faced off a seating die a little.

If you want to keep shooting the cheap aluminium case ammo, you could get a Lee hand press and a taper crimp die and process the ammo first.

https://www.personaldefenseworld.com/2014/09/gun-review-smith-wesson-pc-model-929/
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rufe-snow
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Posted - 01/06/2018 :  6:23:14 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have been having similar problems. Loading for a Limely, S & W, Victory Model, chambered for 38 S & W. Using cut down, 38 Special brass.

The best/tightest crimp, was with a Lee 9mm, Factory Crimp die. As the case length of 9mm and 38 S & W are similar. All dies made for 9mm, work fine, for my 38 S & W.

.357 bullets, are plenty accurate in my Smith. If your loading for a barrel with the old .361 groove diameter. 9mm dies, might not work for you?

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rsnyder55
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Posted - 01/06/2018 :  7:15:41 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Fortunately, I reload 9mm so I have the die already and I have a Lee Handloader. I guess I will just run all the ammunition I plan on shooting in my revolver through this die before using it.

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rufe-snow
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Posted - 01/07/2018 :  12:18:44 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by rsnyder55

Fortunately, I reload 9mm so I have the die already and I have a Lee Handloader. I guess I will just run all the ammunition I plan on shooting in my revolver through this die before using it.




Pull one of the 9 mm bullets. And measure it's diameter with a dial caliper. Some of the various ones I've measured, have been undersized. By as much as a couple of thousand. Specially the military ones.

If the ones your trying to shoot, in your revolver. Are undersized? Might be the root cause of of your problem(s)?

Long as you have 9 mm reloading dies. Might have a go, with.357 diameter bullets. Cinched down, with the Lee factory crimp die.

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Laredo Lefty
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Posted - 01/07/2018 :  12:27:21 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
My 929 shoots well with 115 gr and 124 gr FMJ factory Win and Federal ammo.

Joe
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