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Army GI
07-06-2008, 10:46 PM
Well guys, I've been a 45-man for years now and I swore to myself I would remain faithful. But the 10mm has caught my eye and now I can't stop thinking about powerful semi automatic pistols. I'm a reloader so I'm gonna order some brass and dies and I was wondering what was the best/most popular all around bullet weight for this caliber? The 230g is the most popular for 45ACP and the same goes for the 124g for the 9mm. But what about the 10mm?

JTROKS
07-06-2008, 10:53 PM
180 grain, it seems to be the best balance for speed and weight.

sargenv
07-07-2008, 7:53 AM
The 200 gr bullet at 1200 fps was the original Norma Load. The 180 at 980 ish fps was the load asked for by the FBI and then re-configured as the 40 S&W. I prefer the heavier is better route for full power 10 mm ammo. You can still find 220 gr bullets for the 10 mm here and there.

asgalindez
07-07-2008, 3:06 PM
There's not really a "best/most popular all around bullet weight" being that the 10mm isn't a popular caliber for many shooters. I consider it more of a "specialty caliber." Select your bullet weight(s) according to it's use. I personally use:

135-155gr JHP for SD (Summer/Spring)
165-180gr JHP for SD (Fall/Winter)
165-180gr FMJ for practice/plinking
200-230gr for woods/4-legged predator protection

SD ammo is Double Tap. Practice ammo is DT and Georgia Arms.

Army GI
07-07-2008, 5:27 PM
Hmm, I might reconsider 10mm, then..

Riodog
07-07-2008, 5:37 PM
Hmm, I might reconsider 10mm, then..

Why? A 180g jhp loaded hot is just fine for anything found in this state. I haven't had a reason to go to 200g but just might give them a try for say..... a hog that sorta looked like my x-wife. lol. You know, hard to penetrate!:D
Rio

Army GI
07-07-2008, 5:58 PM
HAHAHA, that's my new sig

Corbin Dallas
07-07-2008, 6:03 PM
Well guys, I've been a 45-man for years now and I swore to myself I would remain faithful. But the 10mm has caught my eye and now I can't stop thinking about powerful semi automatic pistols. I'm a reloader so I'm gonna order some brass and dies and I was wondering what was the best/most popular all around bullet weight for this caliber? The 230g is the most popular for 45ACP and the same goes for the 124g for the 9mm. But what about the 10mm?

180-200g is what most of us use.

dwtt
07-07-2008, 6:03 PM
The 10mm has a wide range of bullet weights that will work well for what you want it to do. Part of the fun should be in experimenting and trying different
bullets and powder to see what suits your needs. I shoot paper only, so I don't need a hot 200gr load. It's not like the 9mm where I have a choice of 115gr, 124 gr, and 147 gr bullets.

Army GI
07-07-2008, 6:11 PM
Yeah, I'm liking the 180gr weight mainly because I like to standardize and it seems like the best choice for self defense. I won't use these for hunting so I don't see a need for any 200gr+ bullets.

I'm really frustrated by the fact I can't find load data to match some of the ballistics of Double Tap ammo. I wonder what kind of wunder powder they might be using for their 45ACP with a 230gr at 1010fps?

asgalindez
07-08-2008, 12:47 PM
Hmm, I might reconsider 10mm, then..

Don't reconsider! Since you're gonna reload, just bite the bullet (pun intended) and jump on the 10mm bandwagon. You can "standardize" with a 180gr load, but eventually you'll think "What can I do with these other bullet weights?":43:

ETA: Have you checked out 10mmtalk.com? Good stuff from great people who love the 10mm. Take a look-see at the Home Brew (Reloading) Forum for some load ideas.

Turbinator
07-08-2008, 1:49 PM
I also did some research before picking up any components and settled on the 180gr. Seems like the lighter bullets might be safer for beginners to load as there isn't as much concern around hitting excessive pressures. If you're a competent and capable reloader, which I presume you may be, then I don't think this will be a concern.. but for my first trip into 10mm land, I opted for a lighter bullet weight.

Turby