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Old 07-15-2017, 05:51 PM
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Originally Posted by MJFlores View Post
My point is, it's not soft, and the plating isn't fragile. Soft lead would have flattened and not penetrated hard wood.
Nothing against Berrys or any plated. Good plated bullets can be loaded almost to FMJ loads as you say, They are not going to fall aprt, But they still are soft and plated, Yes you can crimp them but need to be careful not to crack the plating
They are not fine china

Your loads are below their max so all is good.

Take one and smash it with a hammer, then smash a Hard Cast lead bullet.

But THEY are SOFT lead. Swagged bullets by design are softer than cast bullets.

From Berrys own website:

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Question: What is the difference between Plated/Jacketed/Cast bullets? Berry's Superior Plated bullets begin as a swaged lead core. The plating process works through electrolysis as the lead cores are tumbled in an electrically charged bath containing high-grade copper ingots. The copper clings to the lead and the longer the bullets remain in the bath, the thicker the plating. Our bullets are plated to the correct size and then taken out of the bath.

Jacketed bullets start with a copper cup, which is "drawn up" into the form of a jacket. Lead is then swaged into the jacket.

Cast bullets are made up of lead that has been poured into a bullet mould. These bullets come in various hardness levels depending upon the alloy of the lead. All of our cast bullets are lubed and all have the same hardness (about 20 bhu). We distinguish between Hardcast and Cowboy only in that our Cowboy bullets are often used in Cowboy Action Shooting events.


Jacketed Bullets: Generally are most expensive but can be shot at magnum velocities and require less cleaning than Cast bullets.
Plated Bullets: Not as expensive as Jacketed, cleaner than cast and will not lead your barrel. But you will have to stay away from magnum velocities when loading plated bullets.
Cast Bullets: Usually cost the least, but are very "dirty" and often cannot be used in indoor ranges

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Question: Why is the bullet diameter 0.001" bigger than my load book recommends?
Berry's Mfg sizes our .32 cal, 38 Super, 9mm, 40/10mm and .45 ACP a thousandth larger than the standard FMJ round diameter. It is completely safe to load, as our bullet is constructed out of a soft lead and then plated with copper, which does not cause the pressure spikes that an oversized FMJ round would. The plated bullet pressure curve resembles that of the hard cast or lead bullets.
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