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Plated bullet ?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Muddydogs, May 2, 2013.

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  1. Muddydogs

    Muddydogs Member

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    Question on plated bullets. There are a lot of places selling what they call plated bullets some say you can load them at mag velocitys and some say to use lead load data, companys like Speer say there Gold Dots are plated as well. There is even hollow point plated bullets. So I guess not all plated bullets are equal and some must have thicker plating? Would a HP plated bullet perform the same as a regular HP bullet? I find the hole plated thing confusing.
     
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    A good search would probably give you plenty of information as this question is asked once or twice a month... With that said, it can be confusing.
     
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    Calling Speer Gold Dot bullets plated is a technicality. The process they use to bond the core with the outside jacket is the same as when putting light plating on a bullet but they are by no means the same. (IMHO of course)
     
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    For Berrys, Ranier, X-Treme, and Powerbond the answer is no. Their HP bullets are not intended for nor will they perform like a jacketed hollow point.

    Berrys is however, coming out with a plated bullet that will be a performance oriented defensive type HP.

    It sure can.
     
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    These two statements are not mutually exclusive. Lead bullets are used for magnum pistol loads.

    Generally, the thicker the copper plating, the more the bullet will shoot like a jacketed bullet. The ones with a really thin plating seem to shoot like cast. Just like cast bullets, they will attain HIGHER velocities than jacketed, given the same charge.
     
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