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Can you resize 38/357 bullets to 9mm?

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by Gunner3456, Jul 2, 2009.

  1. Gunner3456

    Gunner3456 Salem Well-Known Member

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    OK, another newbie-to-casting question please?

    Since there is just .002 inch difference in a 9mm and 38/357 bullet, could I run some .358 (357/38) cast bullets through the .356 (9mm) sizing die and use them in a 9mm?

    FWIW, they are round nose 140 grn with a single lube groove. They are already lubed. They aren't the type which takes a gas check.

    Thanks!
     
  2. exblaster

    exblaster Woodland Wa Member

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    yes that works.

    Exblaster
     
  3. toys

    toys PDX Member

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    have fun
     
  4. Gunner3456

    Gunner3456 Salem Well-Known Member

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    Thanks. I'll give it a go.
     
  5. motoman98

    motoman98 Gresham, OR Active Member

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    That should work, just be careful in working up your loads.
    Nines are sensitive to bullet infringment of the case cap. ie. if the bullet is pushed back into the case before firing, it
    can lead to higher pressures.
    I suspect that a heavier than average bullet(longer) could do the same.
     
  6. Gunner3456

    Gunner3456 Salem Well-Known Member

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    So, would you crimp the case?
     
  7. Randini

    Randini Salem Member

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    I'am thinking motoman98 is talking about 150gr or so bullets that you would have to seat deeper to fit your mag. 9mm can be taper crimped but I myself dont think you'll need too. I shoot SWC in my 9mm and my 45ACP never had any problem with the bullet moving I just run a brush down the barrel every two mags. I also have read and believe that a faster burning powder is better with lead. any way just my .02's
     
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  8. motoman98

    motoman98 Gresham, OR Active Member

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    Re: crimp. Taper is the only acceptable one for the nine. Test your crimp by pushing the loaded round *hard* against your bench. No bullet movement and you're fine.