I have a Smith 952 in 9mm. I looked at Lee, Lyman, Midway's 9mm load book and a few other manuals to get starting and max loads.
My pistol will kick the brass at 4.0gr of 231, under a 122gr LFP cast bullet, but the load won't lock back the slide on the last round. I bumped the load to 4.1gr thru 4.3. At 4.3, it will occasionally lock back.
My concern is that in some of the manuals I've consulted, I'm starting to get toward max loads if I go much further. I'd rather not do that.
Lyman's mentions 4.4 gr as max for a 120gr lead alloy bullet with 231. Another type of allow bullet of the same weight is shown at 4.1gr of 231 is the top. And a jacketed 125 gr bullet's load maxes out at 4.4gr of 231.
I was speaking with the Smith tech on the phone and he's a reloader. He consulted the Hornady book and said my load is light at the max listed there is 5.2gr of 231.
With a match the weekend after next, I'd rather start at ground zero with load development.
Any of you guys out there work out a good load for 231 in this bullet weight?
The Smith 952 is modelled after a 1911 and it has a heavy stainless steel slide to push.
I'd like a nice accurate load, but right now, will be satisfied with a safe load that will also lock back a heavy slide without being hot.
Can anyone give me an idea of which of the of the competing load data is right? Anyone use a 122gr cast lead bullet with 231? Can I increase the load more without getting close to hot?
Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.