38 special, berry's plated and Unique???


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rono
July 13, 2007, 11:11 PM
Just noticed in all my manuals, no one has a listing for 38 special with 158gr Berry's plated (RN) using Unique powder. Any reason for this? Anyone have a load to try?

Ron

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donttellthewife
July 13, 2007, 11:39 PM
Most of the manufactures of plated projectiles reccomend loading as lead. Go with the lightest possible crimp as to not go through the plating
This is from Berrys site



*How do I load Berry's Preferred Plated Bullets?
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. You must use data for a bullet that has the same weight and profile as the one you are loading. Do not exceed mid-range loads. Do not use magnum loads.

*How fast can I shoot these bullets?
Velocities depend on the caliber, but as a rule of thumb, we recommend you don't shoot our plated bullets over 1200 feet-per-second. Our 44's actually shoot best around 1150 fps. 45's are generally good at 850-900 fps. Our bullets are not recommended for magnum velocities.

*Can I shoot your plated bullets in my Glock?
Yes. We have a large contingent of loyal Glock shooters using our bullets. The plating is thick enough that you will not get lead fouling in your bore, which is the nemesis of polygonal barrels.

*How thick is the "jacket" on your bullets?
Depending upon the caliber, the thickness of the plating on our bullets ranges from 3.5 up to 8 thousandths of an inch of plating on each side. This is thicker than paper and ensures no lead in your bore. The bullets designed for higher velocities (45-70, 500 S&W etc.) have the thickest plating.

this is their web site
http://www.berrysmfg.com/
I haven't loaded Berrys, just Extreme and Zero

IDriveB5
July 14, 2007, 01:01 AM
I dont use unique, but I do use, and really like 231. These are the loads I shoot:
.38 Special
PURPOSE Target/Plinking
BULLET Berry's copper plated round nose
BULLET WT. 158 gn
POWDER Winchester 231
CHARGE WT. 4.2 gn
AUTO DISK 0.40
OAL 1.535"
PRIMER Winchester SP or CCI 500
CRIMP +1/2 turn


.357 Magnum
PURPOSE Target/Plinking
BULLET Berry's copper plated round nose
BULLET WT. 158 gn
POWDER Winchester 231
CHARGE WT. 6.6 gn
AUTO DISK 0.61
OAL 1.595"
PRIMER Winchester SP or CCI 500
CRIMP +1/2 turn

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