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Old 12-18-2006, 06:37 PM   #1
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Plastic or Rubber for practice ammo?

I recently heard about primer-powered practice ammo, and it sounds very attractive because of the cost and hassle of going to the range for practice.



I did some online shopping, and the X-Ring rubber bullets and the Speer plastic ones can both be had for about $6-7/50 from the cheapest source. But the Speer appears to require that you use their plastic cases, which doubles the price, while the rubber ones work with recycled brass (I have a drill press, so drilling out the primer hole is not a huge problem). It's hard to decide which ones are likely to last longer, especially not knowing what kind of plastic the Speers are made of.



Has anyone tried both? Especially for long enough to tell whether the Speers last long enough to make them worth the higher price?



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Old 12-18-2006, 07:22 PM   #2
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Plastic or Rubber for practice ammo?

Hello. I've tried both and found the rubber X-Ring bullets to work better than the Speer, at least in 9mm.



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Old 12-18-2006, 08:40 PM   #3
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Plastic or Rubber for practice ammo?

This rubber/plastic bullet idea for practice sounds cool. I've made up a few primer powered wax bullet loads for single action 45 colt.



I figured a primer only powered load would not cycle in an semi auto unless you replaced the recoil spring with a very light one. Is this what is done to shoot primer powered plastic bullets?

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Old 12-18-2006, 09:03 PM   #4
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Hello. No, you just cycle the slide manually between shots. It's strictly a "single-shot-and-rack-the-slide" proposition in autoloaders.



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Old 12-19-2006, 07:22 AM   #5
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Hello Mr. Camp,



I see. One shot at a time. I was thinking of draw from concealment drills that are not allowed at most shooting ranges. I
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Old 12-19-2006, 01:49 PM   #6
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Plastic or Rubber for practice ammo?

Rantallbott,



I've tried both and prefer the X-ring with factory brass. They are a little more work upfront to prep the flash holes, but I just had too many misfires with the Speer plastic cases, at least in the 38 and 45 loads. Just be sure you don't get the drilled out cases mixed up with other brass if you reload.



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