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Coated Bullets

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by barry benoit, Feb 27, 2019.

  1. barry benoit

    barry benoit NES Member

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    Has anyone reloaded using coated lead bullets ?....Pros and Cons ?
     
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    Tons of people here. They won’t lead your bore. Cost less than jacketed. I can’t think of any disadvantages.
     
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    Yes. Lots of USPSA competitors use them.
     
  5. barry benoit

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    Is there any particular choice of brand ?
     
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    M1911 Moderator NES Member

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    I've had good luck with Ibeji Heads: IbejiHeads I've only used the 9mm 147 gr flat-point.

    Blue Bullets also seems to be popular, but I don't have any direct experience: The Blue Bullets
     
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    I have used Blue Bullets and like them.
     
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  8. Michael J. Spangler

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    Coated are the new norm.
    Anything Hi-Tek is awesome.
    Most of the big casting companies now offer coated.
    Super clean and easy to work with. No sticky lube and very very low if any smoke at all.
    No leading. I push 357 with max loads from a carbine (1700 fps with my bullet and powder combo) with no leading and its accurate.
    As suggested above check the reloading forum and check the NES annual cast bullet seminar threads I started. You can see links back for years and there is tons of info on the coated bullets in there.
     
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    I have put about 20,000 rounds of the stuff through my guns, from 9mm, 38sp and 357 mag (14.5 gr of 2400). My friend uses them in his 45. 6 to 10 cents per round is a pretty good deal. Accurate and no leading.
     
  10. Dennis in MA

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    Back in the day, I used somethingorother in my .40's. Damned if I recall what they were. They might have been blue-colored, but not "Blue Bullets".

    They worked as advertised. I also used them copper-coated ones. Berry's, I think. Worked fine as well. Looked prettier. The targets never seemed to care one way or the other.

    A quick check of 9mm shows that Berry's is only $10/K more than Blue Bullet. I recall a similar not-too-large difference back in the day. (I actually think I used Copper coated for 45 and polymer-coated for 40.)
     
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    Just ordered some Blue Bullets...we will see how they do. Were is the best place to buy 223 bullets heads. ?
     
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    I shoot powder coated bullets in both pistols and rifles with great results. I do my own with a Harbor Freight spray gun and a cheap toaster oven. I have not tried Hi-Tec.
     
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    We're not going to talk about who does or doesn't ship.
     
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    It is a piece of lead, nothing more. [rolleyes] The coated bullets are VERY popular with handgun reloaders. I have used Ibijiheads, Blue and Bayou bullets all with excellent results.

    Good luck.
     
  16. Dennis in MA

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    I'd rather have a whole bullet than a bullet head. And a cartridge rather than a bullet. ;)
     
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  17. Michael J. Spangler

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    You need to try hi-tek
    Shoot me a PM and I’ll hook you up with a sample. Blows away powder coat
     
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    Will do. Do you have any coated 9mm's
     
  19. Michael J. Spangler

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    Oh yeah
    I’ll give you some hi-tek coating to try and a handful of 9 if you want
     
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    Nice! It's all I use for 9mm. I've shot tens of thousands of them with no issues. I run the 147 gr RN bullets.
     
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    There's a bunch of coupon codes floating around to get 5% off which helps. I bought one of their jerseys/patch to qualify for their sponsorship program so they give 10% off which is nice. They're significantly cheaper than berry's, for me anyway. I think my last order was 6 cents per bullet. Not bad.
     
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    I've had good luck with Xtreme hollow points. They are not true defensive hollow points but I've been told the copper coating is thicker than on their other projectiles. Not sure if true.
     
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    I've used thousands of Ibejis. They also make them in lots of colors. It's handy for different loads, different lots or just to be different. Gallant Bullets is another option. They've been an Area 7 sponsors the last few years. They come in black or gold.
     
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    Just for the record , you can just call them bullets because that’s what they are. When put together they are cartridges. Bullets are the actual projectiles.
     
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    Yup.

    I hate it the most when people call them pills.
     
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    acmebullets have those coated in hi-tek. good stuff
     
  27. AHM

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    How about "pez"?
     
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    How about "kibble"?
    (He was talking about what you feed a Poodleshooter.
    So he's got that going for him.
    Which is nice).
     
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    I use ibejiheads and love them. I will say I've found them slightly underweight at times by up to .8 gr. Doesn't really matter unless you're really riding the PF line. I also used Bayous for a while which were great and consistently a couple tenths of a grain overweight, which they do intentionally. I found Bayous to be a bit smokier using Titegroup than the Ibejis, but it was nothing that would keep me from ordering them again.
     
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    We have the same problem in Radio Land..... everyone calls these things pills.... it's a friggan bipolar RF power transistor. Or even just "transistor" would be fine...
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