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Old 04-09-2017, 09:15 PM
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Went to the gun show in town over the weekend. Came across a booth that had some polymer coated bullets made by blue bullets. Decided to pick up a pack of .45 230 gn 100 ct for 15 bucks. I was told to use a light crimp in order to not cut into the coating. Anyone used them and like them,
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Old 04-09-2017, 09:31 PM
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I've not used that particular brand but I have yet to use any coated bullet and not like it. But I'm curious why their website has them listed as high as they are. Hard to beat MBC's coated bullet prices.
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I do know the Acme red lipstick bullets give off a sickening stink if shot by a fairly stiff charge of 2400. I think they are polymer coated, but not sure.
I've heard of after-taste, I may coin the term "after-smell".

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I do know the Acme red lipstick bullets give off a sickening stink if shot by a fairly stiff charge of 2400. I think they are polymer coated, but not sure.
I've heard of after-taste, I may coin the term "after-smell".
That's a new one on me. I've used H110, IMR 4227, Trail Boss, Titegroup, IMR1680, all with powder coated bullets (Eastwood) and never noticed any odor other than that of the powder. I've melted powder coated bullets and noticed no unusual smells. The coating floats to the top and does not melt or burn.
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I use Bayou bullets coated 185 grain SWC for my 1911 bulleye loads they seem to shoot well and are nice to handle and they seem to run clean in my 1911. I don't notice any particular smell.
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I use the Blue Bullets and have had great results with them; .45 ACP, 9mm, and .38... I've used some coated bullets that would leave streaks of material in the barrel, but have not noticed this with the Blue Bullets. Accuracy is good, as well.

As a bonus, they make them local to me, so they are easy for me to get! I'm going to keep using them.
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Polymer coated bullets are all I use in my SIG's, Ruger's and Glock's.

I see NO need to ever buy another traditionally lubed cast bullet.

I like Missouri Bullet Company's Hi Tek coated bullets. They're reasonably priced, high quality and shipping is fast.

I get no leading and very little smoke, and accuracy is equal to any other kind of cast bullet.

I shoot them in everything from 9mm to 45 Colt.
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I use Bayou bullets too and push them to the max of cast bullet data and have no leading but do get that chemical smell. I roll crimp my 44 mag hard in the crimp groove and pulled a bullet or two and it doesn't cut into the coating.

My semi auto taper crimps are light and show no significant signs of breaking through the coating. I also went to separate seating and crimp dies to make it easier on me and easier on the coated bullets.

I know they're many plated bullet fans and they have the same issue as hi-tek coated. I get the impression some don't realize the coating is easy to cut into and can lead. I have no data to prove it but I believe hi-tek coating is slightly more forgiving than plated and less likely to cut the coating or leave any residue.
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I have had good experience with eggleston munitions. I ordered a sample bag for 9mm. Located in Colorado Springs, could be close to you.
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Just tried Missouri and Acme coated, and had minimal smoking and very easy clean up. The coating added .001 to the stated diam, and Missouri has a no groove 215 45 acp bullet with very wide flat nose. This bullet may offer good option for low recoil vermin load.
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Just tried Missouri and Acme coated, and had minimal smoking and very easy clean up. The coating added .001 to the stated diam, and Missouri has a no groove 215 45 acp bullet with very wide flat nose. This bullet may offer good option for low recoil vermin load.
I just tried some of those 215 wide flat nose "shop specials" from Missouri, I really like them out of my Model of 1955 using Starline Auto Rim brass.
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I have shot a bunch of coated bullets from various manufacturers. I am very happy with them.
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I've not used that particular brand but I have yet to use any coated bullet and not like it. But I'm curious why their website has them listed as high as they are. Hard to beat MBC's coated bullet prices.
This is very true, UNLESS whoever did the coating did a poor job.
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I pour my own bullets and powder coat them and have had no issues at all. And, NO LEADING!! Well, heat control was an issue during pouring. I finally got a Lee melting pot and get real nice looking bullets using dial setting 4. I had been pouring with a hand ladle but it was difficult to control the heat. I'm aiming for 720 - 740 for pouring. Nice shiny bullets with no frosting.
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I use Bayou bullets coated 185 grain SWC for my 1911 bulleye loads they seem to shoot well and are nice to handle and they seem to run clean in my 1911. I don't notice any particular smell.
Bayou a Hi-Tek coated, not poly or powder coated. They can have a slight brake pad smell indoors. I coat my own, both HT & powder coat. There are diff kinds of powder coat, but they all apply the same & seem to work the same on bullets. I load them like a lead bullet & shoot away.
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I use Bayou bullets too and push them to the max of cast bullet data and have no leading but do get that chemical smell. I roll crimp my 44 mag hard in the crimp groove and pulled a bullet or two and it doesn't cut into the coating.

My semi auto taper crimps are light and show no significant signs of breaking through the coating. I also went to separate seating and crimp dies to make it easier on me and easier on the coated bullets.

I know they're many plated bullet fans and they have the same issue as hi-tek coated. I get the impression some don't realize the coating is easy to cut into and can lead. I have no data to prove it but I believe hi-tek coating is slightly more forgiving than plated and less likely to cut the coating or leave any residue.
If you break the HT coating, you might get some leading, depends on vel/pressures. If you break the plating on a plated bullet, you will certainly get leading & poor accuracy as the plating strips off during the bullets exit @ high RPM. Easy to see, at close range, like 7yds, you'll find bits of copper stuck in the target paper.
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I have shot thousands of Bayou Bullets in 9mm, 38 spec, and 45 acp. No problems whatsoever, no residue, and as accurate as any cast bullet. I am sold on the powder coated bullets.
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I have shot thousands of Bayou Bullets in 9mm, 38 spec, and 45 acp. No problems whatsoever, no residue, and as accurate as any cast bullet. I am sold on the powder coated bullets.
Again though, not powder coated. It is a 2-3 part epoxy like matl. It has a color & catalyst with acetone as a carrier.
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I like the Hy tek far more than powder. The results seem much more consistent and less 'tricky' to do well as powder. There is a slight smell with coatings but the smoke and smell isn't nearly as bad as 'lube in groove' bullets. At an indoor range, that counts for something.
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I like the Hy tek far more than powder. The results seem much more consistent and less 'tricky' to do well as powder. There is a slight smell with coatings but the smoke and smell isn't nearly as bad as 'lube in groove' bullets. At an indoor range, that counts for something.
My short exp with both is the HT is easier to work with, less handling & care with the bullets, but bakes twice, so maybe a push time wise. PC will take higher vel with good accuracy, but HT is just easier to handle. I like both, kinda go back & forth for my handguns stuff, but if I had to pick one, PC is cheaper & not proprietary.
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