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I've purchased some Berry's Preferred Plated Bullets, 185gr .45 HBRNDS and 230gr .45 HBRNDS for reloading in my Dillon 650. Hodgdon Titegroup was recommended however, I can't seem to find loading data for these "plated" bullets. Most data applies to hollow-point FMJ not round-nose and never for Berry's bullets. I'm also not sure of COL. Any suggestions? Thanks for your response in advance. :idea:
 

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I"ve been loading and shooting Ranier Ballistics bullets for a long time in my 1911s. I use middle-of-the-road jacketed bullet data for the cast & plated bullets. If I want really hot loads, then I use the exact bullet called for in the load data.

COL has never been a concern, as I load nothing but 230 grain bullets, and load to the same overall length as the 230 grain FMJ specs in the load data.
 

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I shoot Berry's in 357 mag. at mid-range velocities.

From their FAQ's: http://www.berrysmfg.com/faq.php

*How do I load Berry's Preferred Plated Bullets?
Plated bullets occupy a position between cast bullets and jacketed bullets. They are soft lead, but have a hard outer shell on them. When loading plated bullets we have found best results using low- to mid-range jacketed data in the load manual. You must use data for a bullet that has the same weight and profile as the one you are loading. Do not exceed mid-range loads. Do not use magnum loads.

*How fast can I shoot these bullets?
Velocities depend on the caliber, but as a rule of thumb, we recommend you don't shoot our plated bullets over 1200 feet-per-second. Our 44's actually shoot best around 1150 fps. 45's are generally good at 850-900 fps. Our bullets are not recommended for magnum velocities.

From Hodgon's site (max load): http://data.hodgdon.com/cartridge_load.asp

Bullet Weight (Gr.) 185 / Powder Hodgon Titegroup / Bullet Diam. .451 / C.O.L. 1.195" / Grs. 5 Vel. 892 (ft/s)


I too follow the recommended COL's and have no problems with wadcutters or round nose.
 

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I have been shooting Berry's bullets in 45acp, 40 S&W and 10mm for years.

Whe I shot USPSA,I used the 200gr fp @ 950+/-to make major with the 45acp and the 180 @ 1050 +/- to make major with the 40 S&W and 10mm.

They are a good product, very consistent, accurate and cleaner than cast bullets. No lube residue to build up and collect powder fouling. More costly than cast but less than jacketed (in most cases)

I just ordered another 1000 200 gr. fp for my 45acp.

I like 'em

Bil (Uturnwilly)
 

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Rainier suggests that you cut back standard lead recipes by 10% when using their plated bullets. I would suspect that you should do the same thing. At least until you do some testing on your own with your loads.
 

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I just started using Berry's plated bullets and I'm working up a load in 230gr .45acp. I clocked my current batch at avg 757.1 fps using 4.6 gr of titegroup.
 
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