Lead bullet vs FMJ, .45acp, 230 grain

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by JWagner, Apr 23, 2012.

  1. JWagner

    JWagner New Member

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    Lead bullets are quite a bit cheaper than the FMJ bullets for reloading. I am wondering what the downside would be if I loaded lead bullets rather than FMJ for my Rock Island 1911. Would it require more cleaning of the bore with an all-lead bullet?
     
  2. Overkill0084

    Overkill0084 Active Member

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    Shooting cast is a bit dirtier that jacketed or plated. You have to deal with a bit of leading on occasion and the vaporized bullet lube creates it's own brand of residue. Yes, it's a bit grungier. You will need to do more than run a bore snake through it, but it's not that big of a deal. The worst leading I get scrubs out with a bronze brush & Hoppe's. Try it and see. I think the savings is worth it. YMMV.
     

  3. jpattersonnh

    jpattersonnh Active Member

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    Lower velocity in some cases. I really find no more fouling shooting cast lead compared w/jacketed, unless you are talking a carbine/rifle length pistol or rifle caliber.
     
  4. Staestc

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    I had feed problems with LSWC in my XDm 45 that I have not solved yet. I would suggest round nose or truncated cone bullets to start with. Or see if you can get some LSWC to try first before you buy a bunch of them. If you can't find a small box of them and want to try them, PM me and I will send you some to test.
     
  5. Overkill0084

    Overkill0084 Active Member

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    Try some of these in your XD:

    http://www.missouribullet.com/details.php?prodId=78&category=5&secondary=13&keywords=
    They ain't SWC, but they are a pretty good bullet.
     
  6. Staestc

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    Lol :) I have an order in with Missouri Bullet company all ready! When I started looking for folks with similar feed issues that bullet can up over and over again. I have not given up on the LSWC yet though, since the XDm is supposed to have fixed the problems the XD had with them. But I have not had time to load and test any new rounds yet.
     
  7. Staestc

    Staestc New Member

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    Oh, and thanks for posting the link anyway!
     
  8. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    You should wear nitryl type gloves when cleaning lots of lead residue. A box of them will last a really long time.

    Some indoor ranges ban exposed lead bullets

    Thats about it
     
  9. Silvertip 44

    Silvertip 44 New Member

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    A better way is to get yourself a Lee bullet mold, Lee bullet sizer, some tumble lube, a melting pot and find a good supply of tire weights.