Lead Vs. Jacketed

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by opaww, Aug 22, 2010.

  1. opaww

    opaww New Member

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    I been seeing and hearing a lot of negative talk about shooting lead bullets through handguns. I been shooting lead rounds in my .45auto’s for years and never had any problems with them. Though I do not use lead for my carry/self defense round I use them for range time and sense it is a cost savings for re-loads I will continue to use them at the range.

    Anyone else use lead at the range?

    What problems do you find with it if any?
     
  2. ScottA

    ScottA FAA licensed bugsmasher Lifetime Supporter

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    Only thing I ever noticed was more fouling from lead. Jacketed seem to keep the gun cleaner.
     

  3. masterPsmith

    masterPsmith New Member

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    I use lead bullets for most of my shooting, including some of my hunting loads. My typical 1911 practice session consists of 500 rounds or more. I would not be able to afford to use jacketed bullets at that rate.

    Jim..........
     
  4. joshfireart

    joshfireart New Member

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    all i shoot in my hand guns and pistols is lead both at home and the range
     
  5. Franciscomv

    Franciscomv New Member

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    I'm not a bullseye competition shooter, so I don't know whether there's an accuracy difference at super high competition level. For my needs, both work equally well.

    The only difference I find is when I clean my barrels, lead bullets tend to leave more deposits and require a bit more cleaning. Nothing too strenous, though.
     
  6. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    I cast .357 and .45 bullets from wheelweights. Only thing is, if you start getting into hot loads, you will need gas checks. But for target loads (148 gr wadcutter, SWC for the .45) lead does fine- and may be more accurate.

    Self defense is factory JHPs.

    Hunting with the .357 is a very heavy hard cast SWC. THOSE get gas checks- they are sitting on a case load of 2400 and magnum primers.

    Understand that there are instructions from certain makers NOT to use lead in barrels with polygonal rifling.
     
  7. Gatekeeper

    Gatekeeper New Member

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    Weren't real dirty out of my 1911, accuracy was fine.
    The only problem I had was trying to shoot through the smokescreen I was making at matches.
    Too much smoke obscures the targets especially on a sunny day.
     
  8. Rick1967

    Rick1967 Well-Known Member

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    I use lead from wheelweights too. I do not add anything to them. My favorite .45 ACP load is a 255 grain lead round nose flat point. I load it with magnum primers and 3.8 grains of titegroup. With my chrono I got a consistant 710-725 fps. It doesn't foul too bad. And when ever I do get a little fouling I use a chore boy pad cut up and wrapped around a 38 caliber brush. Chore Boys are copper. Don't use the cheap imitations. They are steel wool.

    I have run 44 mag at 240 grains up to 1200 fps with no problems. All pure wheelweight material.

    I use JHP for self defense.
     
  9. M14sRock

    M14sRock New Member

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    I use lead much of the time, even in my Glocks (gasp).
     
  10. NGIB

    NGIB New Member

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    Disclaimer.

    Whether it's a real issue or not, no gun with a polygonal rifled barrel is "supposed" to shoot non-jacketed bullets. While M14 does, he knows the potential risks and obviously accepts them...YMMV...
     
  11. M14sRock

    M14sRock New Member

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    Correct. I limit lead to about 500 rds per session. Checking build up every couple of hundred.

    Hard cast leaves little or no residue, BTW.
     
  12. stalkingbear

    stalkingbear Active Member

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    I use cast lead in all my practice loads. It's much cheaper and rewarding to cast your own bullets from freely obtained wheel weights than to buy jacketed bullets.
     
  13. rangeshooter

    rangeshooter New Member

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    Lead

    I use lead on the range pretty often. Very dirty, even have to wipe them off before putting them away or everything gets dirty. Lots of cotton wipes for sure. Some idiot congressman or woman or maybe its the EPA chief, intent on getting rid of lead. Better idea is to get rid of him/her in 2012. Every time I buy ammo, I read the same old posted news item on buying ammo in California. How sad.