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Old 03-19-2014, 11:14 PM   #1
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I have a bunch of 9mm brass, powder and primers and want to make up some loads for just plinking on the range and maybe some to run through my subgun. It looks like plated bullets can be had for $100/1000 or so. Does anyone have any experence with one brand or another and would you use them again?

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Old 03-19-2014, 11:15 PM   #2
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Berries bullets are whats available around here, and seem to work fine. I dont shoot at paper very often so I couldnt tell u the groups though

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I have used Berry's Plated bullets will good results. I have shot a lot of them.

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Rainier Bullets are OK. I've used them in .357 & 9 mm with good results. I used to grab them from Midway when they had a decent sale on them.
I've use HSM plated in .40 & .45 with satisfactory results. HSM (Hunter's Supply, if I'm not mistaken) are available off the shelf here locally. They weren't really much cheaper than jacketed in a store.
I still use plated on occasion, mostly because I have some on hand. I haven't been inclined to buy any plated lately.
IMHO, they're neither fish nor fowl. They perform similar to cast bullets (lighter charges), but with a cost near that of cheap jacketed.
Have a look at Precision Delta before you order the plated bullets. For similar money they sell proper jacketed bullets. When I get around to it, I will be ordering some 9mms from them. Their biggest issue used to be finding what you needed in stock. They appear to have progress in that area.
http://precisiondelta.com/index.php/products/bullet/9mm.html/
FWIW, I happily use mostly cast in all my handguns (.380, 9mm, .38/.357, .40, .45.)
Check with Missouri Bullets if cast interests you:
http://www.missouribullet.com/
They were swamped for a while but last I heard, they had grown enough to keep up with the "big panic" pace of sales. They used to have crazy fast delivery. However, I think with the recent growth, it's down to saner, but still satisfactory levels.

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I use Rainier for my 45's. For plinking they work great...

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Midway had some decent deals on .355 FMJ bullets. They had smaller packages but you had to buy 3,000 to get a very attractive price. They had a good deal on Hornady non expanding HP bullets.

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Rocky mountin reloading has some great deals on plated

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Midway has em in stock right know for 1.4 cents a piece..............

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I've used Rainier plated bullets in my 1911 (45 acp) with good results. Just make sure to load them with cast bullet data. NOT jacketed.

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Have a look at Precision Delta before you order the plated bullets. For similar money they sell proper jacketed bullets. When I get around to it, I will be ordering some 9mms from them. Their biggest issue used to be finding what you needed in stock. They appear to have progress in that area.
http://precisiondelta.com/index.php/products/bullet/9mm.html/
FWIW, I happily use mostly cast in all my handguns (.380, 9mm, .38/.357, .40, .45.)
Check with Missouri Bullets if cast interests you:
http://www.missouribullet.com/
They were swamped for a while but last I heard, they had grown enough to keep up with the "big panic" pace of sales. They used to have crazy fast delivery. However, I think with the recent growth, it's down to saner, but still satisfactory levels.
Thanks to everyone that responded. It doesn't sound like there is much advantage of using plated over cast other than maybe less leading if loaded on the warm side. I do shoot cast in some of my handguns and cast my own a lot of the time. I usually use Lyman #2 alloy which is 1 lb. of 50/50 bar solder and 9 lbs. of clip on wheel weights. Actually I need to get my metal detector out and go find some of my wheel weights. I had a old wheelbarrow full of weights and they covered them up with dirt by accident when they was building my house. I know about where they are and they couldn't be more than a foot or two down. I have another pile thats just under some pine straw so they are easy to get to. They should last me as long as I will need lead. I used to buy casted bullets from a company called Valiant Bullets out of Bynum, AL but don't know if they are still in business. I included a picture of some 250 gr .44 mag. gas checked, 250 gr 45 colt and 400 gr 45-70 hammers that I casted. Speaking of gas checks, I have loaded some shot cartridges for my 44 by figuring out what the pay load would weigh and picking a suitable powder and dropping a gas check cup up over the powder, dropping in the shot and then another gas check cup down and a slight roll crip to keep everything in place. The Precision Delta site looks interesting. 4K 9mm jacketed bullets for $372 delivered. I may have to give those a try. Thanks again everyone. Happy shooting.
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