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Old 10-12-2012, 04:06 AM
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Does any one have experience with the copper clad/ plated bullets? I'm hesitating because of the .451 diameter, rather than the more usual .452 or .454.

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Old 10-14-2012, 11:26 AM
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i use the plated bullets for 45 acp in my bullseye gun

I switched from the pure lead to the plated 45 ACP bullets. The lead bullets were leading up the barrel a lot. I do have to load more powder that I did for lead bullets to get the velocity right. My bullseye gun is set up for downloaded wadcutter bullets.

Holding the velocity down in the 24 inch barrel is a problem. I am not sure where leading starts, but I don't use lead bullets for > 1000 fps. My lead 357 mag loads which give about 1000 fps in a pistol (7.5 in barrel) do about 1600 fps in the 24 inch Rossi. Normally I use jacket SP's in the Rossi. I don't know what the max velocity is for the Cu plated bullets.
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Old 10-14-2012, 04:52 PM
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I'm currently getting around 1800 FPS using a gas checked, wheel weight alloy, LBT Blue lube ,sized .453, there about, 300 grain SWC.
I don't believe that the velocity is the problem as much as it's the diameter of the bullet.
I did fire lap the barrel shortly after getting the rifle home, so leading has never been an issue using my cast bullets.
Thanks for your input.

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Old 10-20-2012, 06:49 PM
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IIRC, Berry's plated bullets mention on their site to shoot their bullets at mid-range velocities which translates to me being under 1000 fps. Berry's states that anything over that may cause the plating to strip off the bullet leaving the plating in the bore. Please correct me if my information is incorrect.
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Old 10-21-2012, 05:01 AM
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I intended to do my usual work up, starting with loads for the Colt model P and see how far up the tree I could go.
My main concern was the diameter of the plated bullets, .451.
I bought a box of 500 .451 200 grain plated bullets to use in my S&W model 25 45 auto rim. Accuracy was mediocre and that's being charitable. I'll use these .451 bullets in my Colt Gold Cup and see how they do.
I'm thinking that .451 is never going to be very accurate in any 45 caliber revolver, I'll stick with .452 to .454 cast bullets.

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Old 10-21-2012, 01:54 PM
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Berrys claims on their website that their 45 cal bullets are .452". I've shot thousands of them in both my custom Glock G21L and my Springfield 1911 and see decent accuracy, however, that is at pistol range shooting. I've used Berrys plated 30 Carbine, 38/357, 40/10mm, and 45acp for years with good results.
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Old 10-21-2012, 02:05 PM
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What got me interested in plated bullets is the new indoor range that wants plated or jacketed bullets, other wise I'd be shooting my home made lead bullets.
I'm going to try the Berry's 200 grainers in the 45 auto rim and see how they do.
Thanks for your help.
I'd sure like to try some 250s and 300s plated slugs just to see if they do any better then my own.

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Old 11-25-2012, 05:38 PM
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Thanks Gentlemen;
I found 300 grain blemished jacketed .452 bullets at Mid South, for just a bit above the .451 plated bullets. I'll give you all a posting on how the jacketed bullets do.

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Old 11-28-2012, 05:52 PM
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Loaded up 25 rounds of the 300 grain jacketed, .452 slugs over top of 20 grains of H110. I took them to the indoor range this evening and shot them. Recoil was negligible as was the muzzle flash. Accuracy was good but I was shooting at a 25 yard range. I'll be encouraged and with hold judgement until I can do some work at 100 yards.

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