Favorite "cheap" bullet

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by Apex-Predator, Oct 12, 2013.

Favorite cheap bullet

Poll closed Nov 11, 2013.
  1. Hornady Interlock

    4 vote(s)
    44.4%
  2. Speer Hot Core

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    0.0%
  3. Winchester Power Point

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    0.0%
  4. Remington Core-Lokt

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  5. Sierra Pro Hunter

    5 vote(s)
    55.6%
  1. Apex-Predator

    Apex-Predator New Member

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    Some of the most die hard bullet fans I have know have loved some of the cheapest bullets, maybe there really is something to flat base cup and core that high tech bonded poly tips cannot recreate. What is your favorite "cheap bullet"
     
  2. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    cast lead.

    i can get 20 rounds of soft point brown bear non corrosive 200grain 7.62x54r softpoints for about 12.99 for hunting.
     

  3. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    personally, i am partial to Sierra and Hornady bullets. i use a lot of them for working up loads with. my father used a lot of Sierra bullets when he reloaded, so if they were good enough for Dad, they should work fine for me!:D
     
  4. Apex-Predator

    Apex-Predator New Member

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    The way I have always thought of them is.
    The Winchester Power Point is the softest of the bunch, they seem to expand very rapidly, but weight retention is below par.
    Sierra is the most accurate, I load Sierra bullet in more firearms then I care to count and they perform very well in ALL of them. If there was one gripes I have heard about the Pro Hunter it was their BC and they are a little on the hard side when it comes to expansion.
    The Core-Lokt was always middle of the road on everything, expansion was reliable but not shocking, penetration was always adequate but did not always leave an exit. Accuracy has been hit and miss so to speak, some guns love them other just don't.
    The Interlock seems to ride between the Core-Lockt and Power Point on the hardness scale, good expansion even at modest speeds but at leased partially held together even on hard impacts.
    The Hot Core always seemed to be the tough one of the bunch, expansion alot like the Pro Hunter but with the added assurance of a non-lubracated core which resists slipping better then any conventional cup and core. Extra penetration always seemed good for mixed bag hunts.
    That is the way I see them anyway but I could be wrong I don't claim to be an expert on the subject. How do you see them?
     
  5. gr8oldguy

    gr8oldguy New Member

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    For those of us who cast our own bullets, we can't vote. But had you asked, my favorite cheap bullet cost just about .037 cents per round. It's a 148 Lee wadcutter. With 2.7 grains of Bullseye, it's very accurate.
     
  6. Steel_Talon

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    For me it would be Hornady....I've probably shot a metric ton of them;) since I was a young hand loader. Cheap to buy, excellent tolerances, accurate ,held together well on impact...
     
  7. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    i use a lot of Hornady pistol bullets. Hornady makes some great bullets for sure.
     
  8. Steel_Talon

    Steel_Talon New Member

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    I agree same here....I still load with Hornady, although not as exclusively as when I started out. They were the be$t buy at the time...

    Sad to say I never really embraced casting my own lead bullets as many did back then. I just didn't want to spend the time or space in doing it. (plus I had enough friends doing it)

    I've always kept myself busy / immerged into many "many" things could never stand "idle hands" as they say.... But casting just didn't interest me.
     
  9. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    i use Hornady primarily on pistol loads and sometime Speer if they are on sale. but i still prefer the Hornady pistol bullets. i just really like their XTP line of bullets. those things are awesome.

    i used mostly Sierra for rifle loads with some Hornady and some Speer bullets as well. i have been thinking about trying out the Barnes bullets for my rifle loads. they look pretty interesting and have heard lots of good about them.
     
  10. Apex-Predator

    Apex-Predator New Member

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    I like XTPs too, never used them much on anything but paper but they sure do cycle and shoot really well in 9mm, 40 and 44 Magnum.
    Barnes TTSX is a tricky bullet to get to work right, or maybe Sierra just has me spoiled. I worked up a load in my Swede and tried in my 308 and 30-06 they seem to be hyper sensitive to seating depth. If I need more penetration I'll stick to my Partitions, Deep Curls, or Accubonds they are MUCH easier to get them shooting good.
     
  11. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    the XTP bullets expand very well. i have dug some out of pine stumps and the expansion is great along with penetration. definately not something i would want to be shot with!

    and yes, they do feed very well in my 1911's. all of them, with not one issue ever. i also load them in 44 Spl. and 44 Magnum as well.
     
  12. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    I, too, am a bullet caster. For inexpensive "banging" ammo, nothing says cheap like a cast, gas check bullet.

    Jacketed? Hornaday Interlock is a fine bullet. The 165 gr BTSP .308 is great in the .30-06. Remington 150 gr SP or the Winchester 150 gr PP both do well in the .308. The Winchester 64 gr PP in .223 is badazz in 'yotes and was chosed by one of the more popular gun rags as the best "patrol rifle" cartridge. Load over 25 gr of W-748 and shoot sub 1" all day.
     
  13. Steel_Talon

    Steel_Talon New Member

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    Well I'm about to load up some Barnes TSX in 7mm-08 and .308 this coming week I'll keep you posted on my initial thoughts of development. My Girls deer hunt is mid November....
     
  14. SRK97

    SRK97 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Same here but 3.0 grains of Red Dot