West Coast Bullet Data


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Silverback32
July 25, 2007, 11:58 AM
I recently bought a box of 500 West Coast Bullets(180 gr hp 40)

I understand this company is now X-treme bullets. Does anyone have reloading data for west coast bullets? Should I use X-treme data? Suggestions?

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NavyLCDR
July 25, 2007, 12:07 PM
Use data for lead bullets. If you have data from X-Treme bullets you can use that too. Hodgdon's data website didn't have much info for 180gr Lead, there was quite a bit at www.handloads.com.

The plating on these bullets is softer than a metal jacket so the bullet behaves pretty much like a lead bullet. If you can't find lead bullet data, reduce jacketed bullet data by 10% and work from there.

Yes, West Coast Bullets became X-Treme bullets but I don't know if they moved or are using the same facilities.

Walkalong
July 25, 2007, 12:42 PM
Plated bullets are in a class all by themselves. They do not behave like lead, nor like jacketed. Start in the middle of jacketed data and work up. I routinely shoot Raniers 115 RN at full jacketed data. I don't do that with all plated bullets, but I do use jacketed data as a guide and have never had any problems.

Lead data is too conservative for plated bullets. I do like NavyLT suggested, but generally start anywhere from 10 to 15% below Max. depending on the bullet and caliber.

trueblue1776
July 25, 2007, 12:46 PM
handloads.com has a fair amount of questionable data from unknown sources, I feel safer developing my own loads than using some internet yahoo's theoretical data.

Walkalong
July 25, 2007, 12:57 PM
I feel safer developing my own loads Amen

Guy B. Meredith
July 25, 2007, 02:24 PM
West Coast bullets was purchased by an Idaho firm and then returned to the original owner and location under the new name of X-treme Bullets.

Like the others I start with a lead load and work up. Could probably start higher as that is usually where it goes, but I am conservative. My current load just happens to be what the Lyman manual offers as the accurate load for 158 gr lead bullets in .38 spl. It is as accurate as I can make use of and goes fast enough that the steels drop with no question.

Walkalong
July 25, 2007, 04:33 PM
I am shooting the X-Treme 158 SWC at around 700 to 750 FPS. It is accurate and comfortable there as well as shooting slightly above POA in my Model 10 & Model 15 at around 10 yds. Well below max pressures, just effective for what I want.

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