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Old 09-22-2019, 10:03 AM
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Default Lead vs Brass/Copper bullet on pistol.

I saw the lead bullet it's about half price of brass/copper FMJ , but people still reload with brass FMJ , can you Aces tell me pro and con on lead bullet on pistol .

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Old 09-22-2019, 10:16 AM
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Generally people shoot lead bullets in lower velocity loads because they are cheaper. Lead bullets tend to foul barrels more and this increases with velocity. Lead bullets also can strip on the way down rifled barrels at high velocities resulting in a loss of spin (accuracy).

FMJ and other jacketed and plated bullets (Gilding metal or copper, not brass) can be shot at much higher velocities and foul barrels a lot less.

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Old 09-22-2019, 11:08 AM
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the only brass bullets ive see are the winchester winclean and they are just brass covering lead

most bullets are copper covered lead

there is another option called frangible bullets i bought a few someone had a special where they were cheaper than cast lead and worked ok

i cast my own bullets it is much cheaper than buying bullets and now that the idea of powdercoating has come there is very little fowling

as to why major manufacturers are not selling powedercoated lead in ammo i guess its cost savings is not enough to make a noticeable difference in the end price

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Old 09-22-2019, 11:55 AM
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Originally Posted by bohoki View Post
the only brass bullets ive see are the winchester winclean and they are just brass covering lead
KAK Industies makes them for rifles, as well as Lehigh, or at least Lehigh used to. Have never tried the Lehigh but I can tell you the KAK Industries shoot excellent from my .458 SOCOM. Terminal performance on them is amazingly, devistatingly, wicked too. I have a thread on them in the reloading section I believe.
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Old 09-22-2019, 1:10 PM
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Armscor has pistol projectiles with a "brass" jacket too. But yes, usually copper gilding metal jacket.
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Old 09-22-2019, 8:27 PM
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When I was reloading 30 years ago, lead bullets were much cheaper. They were smokey, but that may have been the wax ring.

Some indoor ranges don't allow lead bullets.
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The correct Brinell Hardness, bullet diameter and powder choices are necessary for a clean bore with lead bullets and leave little to nothing in the bore.

A hard bulllet of to small a diameter can make a real mess in a bore as can a to soft a bullet driven to fast or the wrong powder behind it.

I use polymer coated bullets now and they are cleaner than jacketed bullets, just powder fouling to clean up even after a 500 rd day.

I don't have a chronograph but my polymer loads are at the bottom end of jacketed bullet powder charges with no mess complaints. I do that to keep POA/POI similar to my carry ammo.
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Old 10-05-2019, 9:20 AM
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Powder coated lead bullets is what I usually use. I cast them myself and powder coat them, then size them. The PC acts like a jacket and lubricant and keeps the barrel clean. If you consider that I get my lead free, then my bullets after PC cost me about $.001 .

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