First Look: Nosler Custom Competition 9 mm Bullet

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posted on January 24, 2018
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For fans of 9 mm competition handloads, Nosler rolled out a new option in 2018, enabling competitors to load their range rounds with the Custom Competition 147-grain 9 mm bullet.

Nosler designed its Custom Competition bullet lineup to be the industry standard for precision performance, and each round is built to exacting specifications in order to provide premium range results for the end user. In competition, victory can hang on the performance of a single projectile, and Nosler ensures that its bullet line provides enhanced, consistent results that reloaders can count on.

Each Custom Competition projectile is constructed with a Nosler-designed hollow point, creating a meplat that enhances the overall ballistic efficiency of the round and minimizes drag. Each round uses a lead-alloy core surrounded by a consistently plated jacket for unequaled performance.

Prior to the release of the company's new 147-grain 9 mm option, the Custom Competition bullet lineup was dominated by rifle calibers. Indeed, the company's only handgun option up until 2018 was its 185-grain .45-caliber projectile. However, the wild popularity of the 9 mm cartridge necessitated the expansion of the company's handgun offerings, and the Custom Competition 147-grain 9 mm option was born.

The 9 mm projectile is a jacketed-hollow-point design with a true diameter of 0.355 inch. The company-provided data records a BC of 0.156 and an SD of 0.167. The overall length of the bullet is 1.120 inches.

In addition to the exacting quality standards of the company's Custom Competition lineup, consistency is also ensured through the quality-assurance system implemented through the manufacturing process. Specific factory equipment is dedicated to the production of these rounds, and each production lot is kept separate from other lots for added consistency. Each produced round is inspected visually by the company's trained quality-control technicians.

The Custom Competition 147-grain 9 mm rounds are currently available in packs of 250 rounds.

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