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Old 02-23-2014, 11:38 PM   #1
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Default Lead in semi autos

We'll I'm pretty new to reloading, been doing it for about 8 months now.
I've started reloading for my .45s and I've been using lrn bullets from Speer.

I've just been told I shouldn't shoot the lead bullets through my semi - autos.

My question is why?

They've been working fine , and my pistols are still shooting fine.
The reason I've been buying lead bullets are #1 they are cheaper ,and #2 I can shoot more often due to the cheaper price.

Is there anything I should worry about due to using lead rounds?


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Old 02-24-2014, 12:03 AM   #2
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A guy at the local gun range today, said lead bullets can be bad for the barrel . His reasoning was modern barrels aren't made to be used with lead.

It's the first time I've heard it , but I want to make sure I'm not somehow harming my barrels.


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Lead is only problematic if your using a polygonal barrel like a glock or hk usp.

In those kinds of barrels lead is smeared along the tube building up as more shots are fired until the gun kabooms.

Standard rifling its only a problem if the bullet is too soft for the speed your firing it.

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Plus 45s are generally slower speeds where leading isn't as much a problem as say 9mms etc would be.


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Thanks for the good advice guys, I can confidently keep using my lrn bullets


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Maybe the experts will chime in, but I have read also that by shooting a mag full of copper jacketed bullets when you are all finished for the day that they will help scrub out the lead in the lans of your barrel, etc

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Maybe the experts will chime in, but I have read also that by shooting a mag full of copper jacketed bullets when you are all finished for the day that they will help scrub out the lead in the lans of your barrel, etc

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I wouldn't do that. Its going to lay copper over lead making cleaning a problem. If your bullets are leading your barrel the mixture is not hard enough or your pushing the bullet too fast or both. In that case your going to need to remove the deposits before shooting copper jacketed rounds.

Properly made and lubed bullets won't leave lead and it won't matter.
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What he said. If I am running a hotter load w/lead bullets, I may have to use gas checks, but for average .45 ACP pressures, not an issue. Besides the polygonal rifling guns, certain GAS operated guns have specific instructions not to use lead bullets (fouling the gas port) Those are fairly rare guns.

Why in heaven's name would everybody and his brother that makes bullet MOLDS be making molds in .45? Yes, you met a gen-you-wine doofus. He heard something, remembered part of it, and became an expert.

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I shoot lead in everything but my AR15. I even shoot it in my SKS. I just clean the gas system more often.

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