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Are "non-plated" rounds harder on a semi auto handgun then plated rounds?
Not harder but they may leave excess lead fouling in the barrel if you are not a diligent cleaner. Non-plated rounds may also be prone to feeding issues in a semi-auto pistol...many .22lr chambered semis are extremely ammo finicky
 

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My 10/22 loves the Federal 510 ammo which is non plated. It is very accurate and feeds fine. Thats been my experience anyway. Its my go to plinking ammo and one of the few .22lr brands I like. CCI being the big dog IMHO. I always clean my firearms after shooting even if I shoot just 20-30rds so Ive never had the excessive leading problem associated with non plated .22lr ammunition.
 

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Not harder but they may leave excess lead fouling in the barrel if you are not a diligent cleaner. Non-plated rounds may also be prone to feeding issues in a semi-auto pistol...many .22lr chambered semis are extremely ammo finicky
Yeah, definitely with the 22lr pistols. Jackets are better feeding and easier cleaning. I won't do unjacketed with any caliber in any gun.
 

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Jacketed bullets will cause a slight increase in wear compared to lead bullets, no matter the caliber. Copper has a greater hardness than lead.
 

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Thanks for the responses everyone. At the advice of my lgs I have been using plated rounds. Recently I order some rounds on line but didnt realized they were non plated until they arrived. When shooting them I noticed they are much dirtier then even the cheap platted rounds so was a little concerned about other unwanted results. Sounds like i just need to be sure a do a really good cleaning.
 

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If you are looking for accuracy out of your ammo, you will notice that all match grade and target 22 ammo is standard velocity LEAD bullets. Not jacketed or plated. Jacketed bullets are generally better for high velocity ammo.

I shoot exclusively lead bullets and I shoot about 1000-1500 rounds a month through my guns in the warmer months.
 
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