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Old 07-13-2012, 10:00 PM   #1
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When reloading pistol ammuntion does it matter the type of bullet as long as they are the same weight. Example, Can I use the same loading data for a 125 gr Lead Round Nose as I can for a 125 gr Full Metal Jacket? I know that loading lead one should stay under 1000 fps.



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Don't you have a reloading handbook?



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When reloading pistol ammuntion does it matter the type of bullet as long as they are the same weight. Example, Can I use the same loading data for a 125 gr Lead Round Nose as I can for a 125 gr Full Metal Jacket? I know that loading lead one should stay under 1000 fps.
1000fps is a rule of thumb, but not always correct. To cycle my 10mm w/ 175 or 180gr cast lead I am well over 1000fps. You did not state if it was for a semi or revolver. I use W231 for cast lead in most pistol cartridges. The burn rate is key in semi auto's, Revolvers being more forgiving Unique work well also.
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You cannot use Jacketed bullet data for lead bullets. Lead is slicker and will shoot faster for a given load than a jacketed bullet.
Lead round nose from where? My 125 gr hard cast lead round nose is routinely shot at 1150 fps and I have no problems.

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Same weight? How about length. If you have 2 bullets the same weight but different lengths I would think that ocl would come in to play.

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If I am loading lead and the books dont have a lead load for the wieght I am using I will use the starting load for a full metal jacket bullet. I do not use max for anything but what is listed.

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Don't you have a reloading handbook?
Yes, Hornady and Lyman, plus a fair amount of hand-load data I have found on the Internet from powder manufactures. Inconsistencies in the data available from these is why I asked the question in the first place.
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1000fps is a rule of thumb, but not always correct. To cycle my 10mm w/ 175 or 180gr cast lead I am well over 1000fps. You did not state if it was for a semi or revolver. I use W231 for cast lead in most pistol cartridges. The burn rate is key in semi auto's, Revolvers being more forgiving Unique work well also.
I load for both semi autos and revolvers. .380, 38 spl, 9 mm and 45 acp. Thanks for your input on this, every little bit helps.
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I load for both semi autos and revolvers. .380, 38 spl, 9 mm and 45 acp. Thanks for your input on this, every little bit helps.
Redsho, check out Lee's Modern Reloading manual. they list a lot of specific lead bullet loads for the pistol calibers.
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You cannot use Jacketed bullet data for lead bullets. Lead is slicker and will shoot faster for a given load than a jacketed bullet.
Lead round nose from where? My 125 gr hard cast lead round nose is routinely shot at 1150 fps and I have no problems.
Pushing lead too fast results in shearing. Lead will build up in the rifling, destroying accuracy and possibly causing over pressure.

But slicker is kind of right


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