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Berry's Plated 30-30 Win bullets?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by TFin04, Jan 3, 2008.

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  1. TFin04

    TFin04 Member

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    Anybody used these?

    http://www.berrysmfg.com/386.php

    Good pricing, but the low velocity of 1700fps is interesting.

    Another user also mentioned that Berry's doesn't recommend a firm case crimp, yet 30-30 usually requires a good crimp.

    Any input?
     
  2. ReloaderFred

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    I haven't used the .30-30 bullet from Berry's, but I've shot thousands of their pistol bullets in several calibers, along with their excellent 350 grain .45-70 bullet. I'm pushing the .45-70 bullet hard and it's proven to be the most accurate bullet I've shot through my 1895 Marlin rifle. You can crimp them, just don't get excessive. Also use good neck tension, which I consider even more important than crimping. Berry's rifle bullets are plated heavier than the pistol bullets, so they will take a little more crimp.

    Hope this helps.

    Fred
     
  3. fourrobert13

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    It's a good price until you add it to your cart and see the lead surcharge.
     
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    The problem with plated bullets is that the plating flakes off if the velocity gets too high, and the bullet can literally lose all direcitonal stability in-flight.

    I don't find the delivered price difference betwen Berrys and standard 30-30 150gr bullets (purchased from, say, Midway or Natchez or Midsouth) to be sufficient to warrant using the Berry's.
     
  5. zxcvbob

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    I have a box of them that I bought 2 years ago and haven't used yet. I got them for .30-06 light loads. I've been very pleased with all the other Berry's bullets I've used -- and I have pushed some of the very hard.

    They are usually cheaper to buy from Cabela's than buying them direct. Cabela's shipping charges are very reasonable, and the lead surcharge is already rolled into the price.
     
  6. Roadkill

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    Bought a box, loaded them in a 30-30 using IMR 4895, did not do well at all. Using standard load for 150g sps (don't have book here) they went all over the place. One would be right on, next three wouldn't hit the paper at 100 yds. I loaded up the next twenty using reddot and lead projectile load, also loaded ten in 30-06 using reddot. Will try them this weekend.
     
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