Copper plated .44mag ?

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by targa, Sep 10, 2019.

  1. targa

    targa Active Member

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    Hello all, I currently load light to mid range .44mags using lead cast bullets with Universal that chronograph at 860 FPS (7 grains) and 1130 FPS (9.8 grains) out of a 5.5” barrel Ruger SBH.
    Do any of you run copper plated bullets such as Berry’s or Rainier’s at similar loads? The lead cast Missouri bullets are excellent for these loads but I would like to clean things up a bit with the copper plated for the indoor range.
    It looks like Berry’s are good up to 1250 FPS and the Rainiers 1500 FPS.

    Thanks, Darrin
     
  2. austin92

    austin92 Well-Known Member

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    I don’t have a 44 mag but I have loaded a lot of plated 40 s&w and 357 mag. No complaints.
     

  3. PaBushMan

    PaBushMan Well-Known Member

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  4. targa

    targa Active Member

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    Outstanding, thank you for the link. I just ordered them.
     
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  5. freefall

    freefall Well-Known Member

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    I have fired a few thousand plated .44 mags at about 850 fps.
     
  6. Gatoragn

    Gatoragn Well-Known Member Supporter

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  8. Mouser

    Mouser Well-Known Member

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    My main plated bullets are Extreme for all the standard calibers. I load for plinking mostly so low velocity copper plated works good. Just now getting into 45 LC so my first order of lead bullets are from Acme though similar to Gatoragn, my next order will likely be from Bayou bullets; coated variety
     
  9. PaBushMan

    PaBushMan Well-Known Member

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    Targa you're welcome.:)
     
  10. JTJ

    JTJ Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I have used a lot of plated bullets in 9mm and 357. They will separate at velocities in the 1400 fps range. I tried a few in a rifle to see if they would hold together. They didn't. I stay at 1200 fps or less to stay safe. I have one gun that will not take them but have shot thousands of rounds in other guns without problem. I load a 158 grain hp plated Berry in 38 spl for subsonic in a 357 single shot rifle. Really have to watch it on the rifle barrels because of velocity gain.
     
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  11. targa

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    ^^Good to know, thank you.