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Old 11-14-2010, 10:47 AM   #11
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I reload plated bullets in both 357 and 45 acp for practice.
Use Factory ammo for SD carry.



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Old 11-14-2010, 11:17 AM   #12
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Ok it looks like plated is safe to use. Thanks alot you all.



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Old 11-14-2010, 01:01 PM   #13
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When using platted bullet you want to keep the velocities down to lead levels. That means use the reloading data for cast lead bullets. You will have good nice shooting loads that are accurate.

I use 200 gr Plated
5gr Titegroup
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what ever primer I have on hand.

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I've just started reloading .40 S&W with Ranier plated bullets and the results are excellent.

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45 acp 230 grain loads dont get going fast enough out of a 5inch barrel to cause any fouling issues with plated rounds. 38 special is the same thing. 9mm 357mag can get going fast enough to cause fouling problems.

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I like using plated bullets. You can push them faster than cast lead without the associated leading. No issues with copper fouling in my .357s, but I'm not near max.

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I like plated bullets because you aren't handling lead as much and they can be used at any range. I also like them because the reduce leading in the barrel and the price between plated and lead is minimal. I'm going to echo Tango and say you need to keep the velocity down with plated ammo and your loads should be on par with cast bullets.
I use only Rainer bullets for my 45 and 38 range loads but for my magnum loads I use a jacketed bullet.

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Another +1 for plated.

The Speer Gold Dots are plated, and then machined. Plating helps keep the jacket from separating from the lead, apparently.

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I reload plated 200gr SWC exclussively in .45 ACP--5.3 grains of WW231 or HP-38 (same powder) is a great practice rounds, and move up to 5.7 grains and you make major for IPSC competition.

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I've loaded a bajillion Rainier rounds in 9mm, 40, and 45ACP. So far so good. Guess I'll keep going



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