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I don't do three gun, just USPSA & IDPA. I prefer American Eagle as it's clean and doesn't give me trouble. I used to get 147, then switched to 124 due to price and availability. I'm not good enough that the ammo will make that much of a difference.

I'm just beginning the process of reloading.

 

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2 hours ago, JackDaWack said:

I dont run competitions, but I find standard factory ammo like American eagle is fo awful innacurate. 

I had no idea and thought it was me until I got into reloading. 

Giving me hope. 

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10 minutes ago, Mr.Stu said:

Typically the heavier, slower bullet will give the softest felt recoil impulse. This usually makes it easier to get back on your sights for the next shot.

I agree, the 147s felt slightly softer recoil to me at least

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44 minutes ago, Mr.Stu said:

Typically the heavier, slower bullet will give the softest felt recoil impulse. This usually makes it easier to get back on your sights for the next shot.

Yep, I shoot 147 gr reloads for exactly that reason.   Quicker splits.  Especially in events with no power factor floor, where you can load very light.

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On 6/28/2020 at 2:53 PM, 70gto said:

Just doing research,  Im looking into 3 gun comp, with glock 34. I normally shoot 147 gr 9mm, what are you guys shooting for the folks that compete?

I'll give this advice with the risk of knowing that these other guys have more competition experience than me, but I think they will generally agree:

Starting out, your loads are really not going to make a difference and that is a refinement for later.  You will initially be slowed down by your stage planning (what to shoot in what order, when to reload), foot work (safely and quickly getting from point to point), target acquisition, firearm transition, and reloading speed (especially shotgun).  Focus on those things first, and as you gain experience you will figure out what hardware you need to change.

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147 @ ~880 FPS.  You could slow it down even more as there's no minimum power factor for 3-gun but at major matches you could be faced with ~100 yard pistol targets and I didn't want to be sending rounds like a mortar :p it's not like you're going to gain much more by going as low as reliably possible.

It's super flat shooting as you can see in the photo

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4 hours ago, tomk62 said:

I'll give this advice with the risk of knowing that these other guys have more competition experience than me, but I think they will generally agree:

Starting out, your loads are really not going to make a difference and that is a refinement for later.  You will initially be slowed down by your stage planning (what to shoot in what order, when to reload), foot work (safely and quickly getting from point to point), target acquisition, firearm transition, and reloading speed (especially shotgun).  Focus on those things first, and as you gain experience you will figure out what hardware you need to change.

Makes total sense to me. Thanks.

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Currently I reload and am trying out the 130gn RN from Ibeji.  Seems to work ok.  

My buddy that doesn't reload uses Freedom Munitions and loves it.  I think he's running 124 and has no issue.  He's a lot faster than me (which isn't saying much).  It's inexpensive and functions well in his pistol, a CZ Shadow.  

Good luck.

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I’ve loaded everything from 115 grn to 147 grn all using Ibeji heads — the difference in recoil is so minimal that it’s hard to notice — all fired from single stack 1911’s 

the post above is more spot on for starting out — your ammo won’t matter — stage execution will be the biggest challenge you face for quite awhile

 

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