Question about bullets


February 3, 2003, 08:26 PM
At Cabela's, why are the Rainier LeadSafe total copper jacketed bullets seem so less expensive than stuff from Remington/Speer/Winchester. And the same with the Berry's Preferred Plated Bullets, which are even less.

I was going to order normal jacketed bullets, but if these are less expensive... is there anything I should know about them?

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February 3, 2003, 08:30 PM
The difference is that they are plated vs. being jacketed. You will sacrafice smoe accuracy usually but results differ. Some people have real good luck with them.

February 3, 2003, 08:47 PM
These are soft lead bullets with a thin plating, they are very good for plinking, and can be very accurate.
A couple of things, they do have velocity limits. These vary bu brand and caliber, but they do not perform well above these limits.
They do not take a heavy crimp well, this can break the plating, causing erratic performance.

Other than that treat them like lead. If you load them like lead you can get a lot of economical fun out of it.

February 3, 2003, 09:50 PM
Sounds like they will work for me. I don't think the pieces of paper, cans, and plastic bottles will really mind being hit with these. Nor was I going to try to break any velocity records with my .45 nor the 9mm. Thanks for the info.

February 3, 2003, 09:53 PM
Before you order a bunch, try a few and then decide if you want to pay for a couple of thousand; in my Glocks, I found that plated bullets absolutely would not stabilize in some calibres, but that may just have been my pistol.

February 4, 2003, 06:06 PM
It was NOT your Glock only............

I had the same results in my Glock 9mm with West Coast Plated.

West Coast puts out a BEAUTIFUL bullet
that works great for me in any of my guns in any caliber


Glocks with the Poly whatever rifling and plated Bullets do NOT
Go well togeather.

They Tumbled for me.

February 4, 2003, 07:33 PM
That's weird, Renaissance. My 17 stabilized the 147-grain West Coast plateds just fine, but the 180-grain plateds wouldn't work in my 22; I ended up giving up on the plated bullets and went all-jacketed, but if I was just shooting 9mm, I probably would have stayed with the plated bullets.

February 5, 2003, 02:27 AM
If the plated bullets don't work for me, I'll pawn them off on the guy at work who reloads. Hopefully they work though, for the price, I'll be very happy!

February 5, 2003, 05:40 AM
I made about a zillion Rainier-bullet loads for Glocks.

Worked great great great.

Jeez, maybe its ME! :what:

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