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Question about bullets

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by WhoKnowsWho, Feb 3, 2003.

  1. WhoKnowsWho

    WhoKnowsWho Well-Known Member

    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?
  2. Jeeper

    Jeeper Well-Known Member

    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.
  3. jjmorgan64

    jjmorgan64 Well-Known Member

    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.
  4. WhoKnowsWho

    WhoKnowsWho Well-Known Member

    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.
  5. SDC

    SDC Well-Known Member

    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.
  6. renaissance

    renaissance Well-Known Member

    For SDC ( and others)

    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.
  7. SDC

    SDC Well-Known Member

    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.
  8. WhoKnowsWho

    WhoKnowsWho Well-Known Member

    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!

    WESHOOT2 Well-Known Member


    I made about a zillion Rainier-bullet loads for Glocks.

    Worked great great great.

    Jeez, maybe its ME! :what:

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