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Plated bullet (Berrys) question

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Caliper_Mi, Jun 4, 2011.

  1. Caliper_Mi

    Caliper_Mi Well-Known Member

    OK, so I went and bought a bunch of Berrys bullets before I realized that plated and FMJ are not exactly the same... Reading their website they not totally clear on what load data to use.

    In one place ("how do I load these bullets") they say this:
    But, for "how fast can I shoot these bullets" says this:
    My confusion is that I am loading 38spl with 125 and 158gr bullets. In the Lyman manual, none of the .38 loads are over 1200fps, they are all well subsonic even at max. Add to that the gun they will be shot through has a 2.25" barrel and I am kinda confused. Are .38spl velocities just so low that it doesn't matter? The listed max velocities for the .38 are lower than even the starting load for a .357, so it doesn't make sense that the same bullet would have problems being shot at, say, 800fps from a .38 but OK at 1000fps from a .357.

    I'm looking at the same confusion on the .45's I bought; they claim 850-900fps is good for .45, but that is basically a max load according to Lyman which seems to conflict with their statement to stay at mid range loads. :confused: Really looking for advice from someone who has shot plated bullets and what load data you used because I want to get out to the range and start testing out different loads and powders!
  2. ColtPythonElite

    ColtPythonElite Well-Known Member

    For a .38, you will be fine using jacketed data.
  3. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator

  4. ReloaderFred

    ReloaderFred Well-Known Member

    Don't over think the use of plated bullets. They're just bullets, and in the two calibers you mention, you'll be fine with jacketed bullet data.

    When Berry's tells you to limit your velocities to 1,200 fps, that's a general rule for the bullets in handguns, not caliber specific. You're thinking strictly .38 Special, but when they put out a general rule, they have to consider that some people will use the same bullet in a round that is capable of pushing that weight bullet considerably faster than the .38, but the same bore diameter.

    I use lots and lots of Berry's bullets. There isn't any mystery about them. Work up your loads just as you would with jacketed bullets and you'll be fine.

    Hope this helps.


    PS: They will tumble at 1,450+ fps from a handgun..............
  5. Whitman31

    Whitman31 Well-Known Member

    Any issues with loading plated bullets for a 10mm?
  6. ReloaderFred

    ReloaderFred Well-Known Member

    I load Berry's 165 gr. and 180 gr. plated bullets in 10mm without any problems, but I keep the velocities down around 1,200 fps with the 165 gr., and about 1,100 with the 180 gr. I also load the Berry's 165 gr. in the .400 Cor-bon, and they shoot quite well.

    Hope this helps.

  7. eam3clm@att.net

    eam3clm@att.net Well-Known Member

    To add more confusion the berry do not have a cannlure so you cant apply a firm rolll crimp on the rounds. You have to adjust your dies to more so taper crimp. If you crimp too much you can break through the cooper jacket causing problems. But they do have to be crimped enough to prevent bullet jump. This shouldnt be an issue with the 38 but with higher end 357s you may have to play with a little.
  8. frankge

    frankge Well-Known Member

    I'm driving the .357 HPs at 1250-1400fps and nary a problem.
  9. Hondo 60

    Hondo 60 Well-Known Member

    ReloaderFred is right, don't over think it.

    Plated bullets need a bit more umph than lead, but not as much as jacketed.

    Just use common sense when figuring out the charge weight.
  10. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator

    I use a anywhere from a light to a medium taper crimp on Berrys in .38 Spl, and have never had a problem with the bullets pulling out further under recoil. Neck tension is what keeps them put, not the crimp. In heavy recoiling calibers that use a roll crimp, especially with heavier bullets, yes, the crimp plays a vital part in helping the bullets stay put under recoil.

    And use a taper crimp die to taper crimp. You can not properly taper crimp with a roll crimp die, period. :)
  11. armarsh

    armarsh Well-Known Member

    Here is a couple loads that work well for me:
    5.5 Grains of Unique

    6.8 Grains of VV 3N37
  12. zxcvbob

    zxcvbob Well-Known Member

    Yes. And adjust your crimp die so the case mouth *just* bites into the copper plating a little. (you don't want to cut all the way through it or deform the bullet any more than you have to)
  13. Caliper_Mi

    Caliper_Mi Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the feedback guys! Had a feeling I would be OK but figured it is always safer to ask...

    I still need a chronograph, so I'll rely on Lymans recipes for now. Will see how things go!
  14. GLOOB

    GLOOB Well-Known Member

    +1, just be careful with the roll crimp. In a revolver, too much crimp can lead to pieces of plating spitting out the cylinder gap at high velocity.... enough to draw blood if your shooting buddy is standing too close!
  15. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator

    I use taper crimps on all plated bullets.
  16. TonyT

    TonyT Well-Known Member

    IIn my limited expereince I keep the velocities of plated bullets to a maximum of 1050 fps and insure the use of a taper crimp to prevent damage to the plated shell.
  17. Berry's MFG

    Berry's MFG Well-Known Member

    Once we have published data (which is in the works) it will help answer most of the questions. I've shot many of our bullets through my 10mm's since I have four of them with no problems. I've gone above the 1200fps with them but I find they shoot best around the 1150fps mark.
  18. bergmen

    bergmen Member.

    I do too (.38 Special, 9mm, .45ACP, .45 Colt). On the .38 Special I use my 9mm taper crimp die, on the .45 Colts I use the .45ACP taper crimp die. They work perfectly. I love Berry's bullets.

  19. Berry's MFG

    Berry's MFG Well-Known Member

    I've got all Dillon dies, they use their Accu-crimp die for all the rimmed cases which is more like a taper than a roll crimp die.
  20. rfwobbly

    rfwobbly Well-Known Member

    All -

    Starting this JULY, the Hodgdon web site will have Berry specific load data for a lot of their powders in most calibers.

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