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West Coast Bullet Data

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Silverback32, Jul 25, 2007.

  1. Silverback32

    Silverback32 Member

    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?
  2. NavyLCDR

    NavyLCDR member

    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.
  3. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator

    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.
  4. trueblue1776

    trueblue1776 Well-Known Member

    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.
  5. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator

  6. Guy B. Meredith

    Guy B. Meredith Well-Known Member

    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.
  7. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator

    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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