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Old October 23rd, 2010, 12:58 PM   #1
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FMP Bullets

Take a look at these: 9mm 115 gr FMP Plated Bullets - 500 pcs : Supplies at GunBroker.com

So in a recipe manual are these considered 115 Gr Copper Plated?

Anything good or bad about these?

Anybody have a book that lists recipe's for these w/ Unique or Bullseye powder? (I'm not showing any in mine)



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Old October 23rd, 2010, 01:15 PM   #2
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Just use FMJ loads and reduce by 10%? I'm comparing charts and can't seem to come up with anything concrete.
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These are plated bullets ... not jacketed. Use lead bullet reloading data for them or reduce jacketed data powder charges by 5~10%. Plated bullets are lead with a very thin plating of copper. The plating helps prevent lead vapor which is very important for indoor ranges. Plating does not behave the same way as jacketed bullets with much harder and thicker jackets.
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I'm learning about and doing more reloading, I find myself reading about and being more concerned with lead. I thought these would be worth trying as my shooting moves indoors for winter.

I've got some load data for lead, fmj, and copper. I was hoping that there'd be a nice pretty formula where all the loads would make sense. I read about the 10% rule and also using lead data. I was just concerned when I saw that the copper plated loads that are shown are even less than the lead loads for the same powder. Looks like I'll start off w/ 4.6gr of Unique since that seems to be the most forgiving powder that I have. I'll work up a bit from there if appropriate.

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These are plated bullets ... not jacketed. Use lead bullet reloading data for them or reduce jacketed data powder charges by 5~10%. Plated bullets are lead with a very thin plating of copper. The plating helps prevent lead vapor which is very important for indoor ranges. Plating does not behave the same way as jacketed bullets with much harder and thicker jackets.
May depend on the mfg. XTREME bullets are also plated bullets but have a thicker plating than say a Berry's plated bullet. The XTREME company recommends using SPEER FMJ loads for their plated bullets.
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The answers you've received are both correct. I use Berry's and reduce according to what Iowegan has said. For me it seems to matter what caliber, bullet, powder I'm loading so there is no hard and fast % reduction rule. I start a little below jacketed starting load weights and stop midway to the max charges and see what works best.
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