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Old 08-22-2010, 12:41 PM   #1
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Default Lead Vs. Jacketed

I been seeing and hearing a lot of negative talk about shooting lead bullets through handguns. I been shooting lead rounds in my .45auto’s for years and never had any problems with them. Though I do not use lead for my carry/self defense round I use them for range time and sense it is a cost savings for re-loads I will continue to use them at the range.

Anyone else use lead at the range?

What problems do you find with it if any?
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Old 08-22-2010, 12:59 PM   #2
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Only thing I ever noticed was more fouling from lead. Jacketed seem to keep the gun cleaner.

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I use lead bullets for most of my shooting, including some of my hunting loads. My typical 1911 practice session consists of 500 rounds or more. I would not be able to afford to use jacketed bullets at that rate.

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all i shoot in my hand guns and pistols is lead both at home and the range
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I'm not a bullseye competition shooter, so I don't know whether there's an accuracy difference at super high competition level. For my needs, both work equally well.

The only difference I find is when I clean my barrels, lead bullets tend to leave more deposits and require a bit more cleaning. Nothing too strenous, though.
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I cast .357 and .45 bullets from wheelweights. Only thing is, if you start getting into hot loads, you will need gas checks. But for target loads (148 gr wadcutter, SWC for the .45) lead does fine- and may be more accurate.

Self defense is factory JHPs.

Hunting with the .357 is a very heavy hard cast SWC. THOSE get gas checks- they are sitting on a case load of 2400 and magnum primers.

Understand that there are instructions from certain makers NOT to use lead in barrels with polygonal rifling.
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Weren't real dirty out of my 1911, accuracy was fine.
The only problem I had was trying to shoot through the smokescreen I was making at matches.
Too much smoke obscures the targets especially on a sunny day.
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I use lead from wheelweights too. I do not add anything to them. My favorite .45 ACP load is a 255 grain lead round nose flat point. I load it with magnum primers and 3.8 grains of titegroup. With my chrono I got a consistant 710-725 fps. It doesn't foul too bad. And when ever I do get a little fouling I use a chore boy pad cut up and wrapped around a 38 caliber brush. Chore Boys are copper. Don't use the cheap imitations. They are steel wool.

I have run 44 mag at 240 grains up to 1200 fps with no problems. All pure wheelweight material.

I use JHP for self defense.
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I use lead much of the time, even in my Glocks (gasp).


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Originally Posted by M14sRock View Post
I use lead much of the time, even in my Glocks (gasp).

Whether it's a real issue or not, no gun with a polygonal rifled barrel is "supposed" to shoot non-jacketed bullets. While M14 does, he knows the potential risks and obviously accepts them...YMMV...
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