woodman522
woodman522
19 posts
Joined December 2012

Loads for plated bullets

Most of the reloading data I have doesn't address plated bullets. I can't find the article but I read that you should load for lead round nose. Can someone confirm that? For .45 ACP (Remington FMJ) I am using 6.4 GN of Winchester Auto Comp the load they list for lead RN is 6.0, is that a good starting load?
markwalter
markwalter
41 posts
Joined April 2008

RE: Loads for plated bullets

Contact the bullet manufacturer. They will advise you properly. I know of nobody that will tell you here what your load should be.
azgriz73rph
azgriz73rph
17 posts
Joined January 2013

RE: Loads for plated bullets

I too have not seen much loading info/data on the plated bullets, but remember seeing some information in an old Blue Press for Berry plated bullets and from what
I recall, they suggested to use a "mid-range" load for same weight 'jacketed' bullet
and not to exceed 1000 fps. Maybe you can find an old copy ? or Google Berry plated bullets ? Unless Dillon folks read this & can provide Berry's exact information that they printed in the past.
-> As for your loads, I don't know how the 'burn rate' of the Win Auto Comp compares with Unique, but I personally use 6 gr Unique behind a 225gr and it jacks'um out at about 850 fps.
hwcraig
hwcraig
51 posts
Joined August 2011

RE: Loads for plated bullets

For plated bullets I just use loads suggested for a similar
weight bullet that is pure lead.
 Not had any issues to date. I load 45ACP mostly. I tend to buy plain lead bullits(sic) more often due to cost but I do use plated Rainier and Berrys at times.
  My old Speer manual has some plated loads listed and I use those
as a reference at times, but only as a cross check.

I do chronograph my loads so I know I am where the data in some
book would indicate a given load may be. I adjust accordingly
and look for over pressure symptoms.

 Typically I find I can load to higher velocities than I would with non plated but don't do that often as there is no real need. This is for target practice
not some self defense jacketed round.
 
 All sources I see on the subject pretty much say the same, use lead
bullet load data. Do not use jacketed load data.
 I do not overly concern myself if a book doesn't list SWC VS the Flat
Truncated Buillit I have or whatever. I just go by weight and build up
from the suggested starting point. Having 4 or 5 differ load sources comes in handy. I use these books : old Speer, a new LEE, latest Hornady, Lymans latest plus Hercules/Alliant and WW handout data.
 Cross reference a lot and make my own loads up based on what I see.

 
 
 I loaded for many years without a chrono around. A few years ago I
went ahead and got one. They are so cheap now there is no real reason not to get one (at least the old school optical kind are). If one has the cash and loads enough, I suggest them as then you know that load x and gun z has y velocity. Load data in the book is ballpark.
 

 YMMV (Your mileage may vary).
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Jan_Z
Jan_Z
17 posts
Joined April 2013

RE: Loads for plated bullets

I load Berrys 200 plated and 200 cast... 5 grn Red Dot. Suggestion is to treat plated same as cast

http://stevespages.com/page8a.htm
Crazy_Dan
Crazy_Dan
6 posts
Joined February 2013

RE: Loads for plated bullets

I may be late to the party but. Hodgdon does list data for berry's plated bullets on their website reloading information.
anywhere here is a link
http://data.hodgdon.com/main_menu.asp

rkirby6768
rkirby6768
1 post
Joined February 2009

RE: Loads for plated bullets

Go to Accurate Powders web site. Click on load data and then click on view centerfire load data edition 5.0. down load. You can also buy the guide if you don't have access to a computer.
They cover most plated bullets including Rainier and Berry. Hope it help's.
Kahr
Kahr
7 posts
Joined July 2013

RE: Loads for plated bullets

Here is what Ranier say on the subject:

We, at Rainier Ballistics, recommend using Jacketed bullet load data when loading our bullets. There is no need for adjustment when using Jacketed bullet load data. Our bullets are jacketed using an electroplating process and are softer than traditionally jacketed bullets; Be sur to use ONLY load data that is published in a reputable reloading manual.
Kahr
Kahr
7 posts
Joined July 2013

RE: Loads for plated bullets

Here is what Ranier say on the subject:

We, at Rainier Ballistics, recommend using Jacketed bullet load data when loading our bullets. There is no need for adjustment when using Jacketed bullet load data. Our bullets are jacketed using an electroplating process and are softer than traditionally jacketed bullets; Be sur to use ONLY load data that is published in a reputable reloading manual.
pegrannan@gmail.com
pegrannan@gmail.c...
11 posts
Joined July 2010

RE: Loads for plated bullets

Has anyone used plated bullets from TheBulletworks. I cant tell if they suggest load data for lead or full metal jacket. Does anyone know