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kdiver58 08-03-2012 12:31 AM

Plated bullets in Revolvers Accuracy ??
Has anyone used Rainier or Berry's plated bullets in their revolvers?
What is the accuracy like?
Local shop has 3 boxes of 41 cal plated bullets that are REALLY gathering dust. The want to unload them and I was thinking of using them for 41 special loads in my Model 57. 5.5 grains of Trail Boss in front of a 210 grain bullet.
People with plated bullets in their revolvers speak up please .. K

riverrat38 08-03-2012 01:33 AM

I have found it necessary to use the max load of TB with plated bullets. It takes more pressure to get good accuracy with plated bullets than with lead. Actually, I have gotten the best accuracy with plated bullets using WW231 and Universal. If they are cheap enough, I would buy them anyhow, as I would use them for fast or instinctive shooting, where they will for sure be more accurate than I am! Plated is all I use, as the indoor range goes over our ammo with a fine tooth comb and a magnet!
No lead or steel!


jag312 08-03-2012 01:46 AM

I use .44 caliber, copper plated X-Treme Bullets in my .44 Special. Razor edge accuracy.

nutsforsmiths 08-03-2012 01:48 AM

I have used these exact bullets and have had excellent accuracy. I use this bullet with Lil'Gun and they do just fine. Like RiverRat mentioned, I shoot at indoor ranges and I either use FMJ or plated, no lead.

Titegroups 08-03-2012 02:14 AM

Used them in my 657. Forget the puff and fluff powder unless you're shooting cowboy matches.

TSQUARED 08-03-2012 07:39 AM

I shoot Berry's 158 r. RN plated bullets in my S&W 627. I have observed that he velocity is ca 10% lower than for the same weight plain lead bullet. I use Trail Boss at the middle to upper end of the chrages listed by Hodgdon and have obtained 1 1/2 to 2 inch groups at 50 ft.

Kevin G 08-03-2012 10:41 AM

Plated is all I shoot, .32mag, 9mm, .38/.357, .41mag, .44spl/mag, .45acp.
I push BERRY'S .41, 210gr plated FP's w/7.5gr Unique. Relatively mild load.

Rogue686 08-03-2012 02:12 PM

I've used them in my Glocks and they have been fine. Just recently started using those in 38s and those are dead on accurate in my 357s.

1sailor 08-03-2012 03:39 PM

I haven't tried them in a revolver but was impressed enough by them in my M&P40 that they're all I'll use anymore.

JoeHatley 08-03-2012 05:53 PM


People with plated bullets in their revolvers speak up please
I used to shoot Rainiers, but for the last several years I've been using Berry's excusivly. I have nothing but praise for their consistent quality and price, especially when buying from Powder Valley.

RobsTV 08-03-2012 08:32 PM

Compared to jacketed, pretty close.

Compared to lead that are correct size for barrel, not very accurate.

I usually start with Berrys Plated when I get a new caliber to shoot. Always worked, but always seem lacking. But once lead is fed into same gun, the box of remaining Berrys goes onto a shelf, as the guns real accuracy come to life.

FloridaFlier 08-20-2012 12:25 PM

I've shot a ton of plated and just lead through a variety of .38's. My experience has been that plated was as good or more accurate, and they leave a bit less mess to clean out, if that bothers you. Also of note, all the Berry's bullets don't have the cannalure to work with when reloading, so your final stage on the press needs to be quite precise. If you over-crimp and cut the plating, accuracy goes in the toilet.


riverrat38 08-20-2012 02:04 PM

X-Treme Bullets do have a cannalur, and may cost a little less than Barry's. Also, I like that X-Treme makes a SWC bullet, which I prefer to RN or FP, as they seem to make better holes in paper.


Friar Whently 08-20-2012 03:08 PM

X-Treme also boasts that their plating is a few thousandths of an inch thicker than the competition. Not sure how accurate that statement is though.

On a related note, Berry's is offering double-plated bullets on select calibers. 9mm for sure and probably others. Not 38/357 at this point:(.

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