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Old February 26th, 2011, 07:10 AM   #1
 
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Anyone shoot plated bullets? - .357/.38

I have some of Berry's Plated 158gr bullets, I'll be using .357 mag brass and Unique powder. Any one care to suggest a charge? Berry's advises to keep velocitys under 1200 fps, but I do wanna go faster than most of the cast bullet data that I have.



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Old February 26th, 2011, 07:30 AM   #2
 
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Plated bullets are not jacketed so if I were you I would listen to what Berry's have to say. Best advice I have found with plated bullets is to use data for lead bullets. If you want to run faster buy jacketed bullets.

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i dont use them in my 357 but i do reload them in my 45acp , 40 S&Wand 9mm- berry's and rainiers.
if im loading 165gr HP's in the 40 i just use the starting load and so far no problems. i just loaded 1000 with 6.0 of powerpistol
i do the same thing with the 45acp &9mm just hover around the starting load data

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Plated bullets are not jacketed so if I were you I would listen to what Berry's have to say. Best advice I have found with plated bullets is to use data for lead bullets. If you want to run faster buy jacketed bullets.

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This is REALLY good advice. They should be loaded like lead bullets only.

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What is wrong with hard cast,try some,make sure they are hard enough for the vol. you want.
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I guess I worded things wrong. I surely will take Berry's advice on keeping velocity under 1200 fps.

Based on referencing 3 loading manuals, I've decided on 6.0 gr of Unique. Out of a 4" GP 100 that should keep me well under 1200 fps.

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I use Rainers in 9mm and .45ACP. I have found that somewhere between max lead load and min jacketed data is where they work the best.
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Thanks TMD, that is helpful. Berry's website says this:

Plated bullets occupy a position between cast bullets and jacketed bullets. They are soft lead, but have a hard outer shell on them. When loading plated bullets we have found best results using low- to mid-range jacketed data in the load manual.

I was hoping some one else had tried the .38's with Unique, oh well.
Thanks for the input everyone.
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I really do like this forum.....I have 250 of the Berry for my 45 ACP I never noticed they were plated until now. I will be sure to keep the on the cool side!

Thanks for bring this up Belt Feeder!
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Old March 2nd, 2011, 06:37 PM   #10
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I have used Berrys with some satisfaction. The warning is true. If you drive plated bullets too fast the plating WILL fragment, often spraying the shooter with small chunks. How do I know? Once I pushed some too fast and I shot them anyway. I felt the spray and when I got home I have many bloody pocks on the old face. Nothing permanent, but I was glad the eyes were protected. Some guns won't spray the fragments like others, depending on how well sealed the chamber is.

Load 'em close to lead recipes and you will likely be OK. Follow the directions from the maker. BTW lots of load data now includes plated loads...

I load 38/357 and 45 acp. In fact I was impressed with how well Berrys Hollow points mushroom open so well.
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I have used Berry's Plated Bullets with complete satisfaction. Only problem with the 357 as you said was keeping them under 1200 fps. I shoot their 41's and 44's all the time right at 1200 and accuracy is good. Nothing wrong with hard cast but I've found Berry's to be a bit cheaper and they are delivered right to your door.
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