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100 rounds Hornady 124gr 9mm XTP JHP and 100 rounds Hornady 147gr 9mm XTP JHP.
500 empties to load.
Let me tell you, it's slow going with the Lee Classic, about 25 to 30 rounds/hour (not in a hurry, and watching TV at the same time).
124 was done a couple days ago, I did the 147 today.
So here is what I got.
The 124 are perfect with 6 grains of HS-6 and OAL of 26.93mm. or 1.06"
The 147 are perfect with 4.8 grains of HS-6 and OAL of 27.95mm. or 1.10"
I checked every 5th cartridge for OAL and all are within +-.005" or 0.14mm.

I started at 4.6gr on the 147 and they were a bit soft sounding. (5 rounds)
I tried 5.0gr and got visible muzzle flash. (5 rounds)
4.8 is the sweet spot.

Not much difference in accuracy, they group about the same, considering I'm shooting standing 2 hands at 10 yards.
I did not want to use a rest, but get real world results of my shooting.

I've decided to stay with the 124 grain bullets simply because they are a dollar less than the 147 for a box of 100.

124 on the left, 147 on the right.

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FYI, to detemine the accuracy of your loads, using a rest and streching the distance is the only way to go. So if you shoot a 10 most of the time, use 15 yards to compare accuracy. 25 might be to long, but it's revealing. Keeping load development seperate from "real world results" is a good idea. Standing and shooting offhand makes it almost impossible to compare the accuracy of handloads themselves.

Once you have the most accurate loads in your gun, it does make a difference when shooting offhand. The difference in the end-result can be pretty impressive.
 

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I'm going to try a rest at 15 yards today.
Last nice day before the rain returns.
Will post results later.
 

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Are you using brand new brass? Looks good.
Once fired. Reloading Federal, but have 200 of RWS.
Cleaned and polished. It does look just like new.
 

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Have you ever considered hard cast bullets?

They're considerbly cheaper when bought in bulk, and due to less friction can be driven to higher velocities than jacketed bullets using less gun powder.
 

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I guess I'm having an off day.
Or too much coffee.
Anyway, here it is.
124gr on the left targets, 147gr on the right targets.
10 yards and 15 yards. Bench and standing.

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I'll try a few more this afternoon.
 

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Afternoon shoot. 15 yards with the 147 with bench rest.

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