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Old 09-13-2007, 05:21 PM   #1
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Reloading Data For Copper Plated Bullets

The only manual I have that even touches these is the Lee Modern Reloading Second Edition. Are there any others I'm not aware of? ???
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Old 09-13-2007, 07:11 PM   #2
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I've used the Raniers, and I pretty much copied data for cast bullets, as the copper coating goes directly over lead and isn't very thick.



This is probably not the optimum method of working up a load, but it worked for me with 200-grain .45 ACP and 115-grain 9mm loads.



I'd be interested in seeing some loads recommended either by bullet or powder manufacturers. Like you, I never have seen either for the plated bullets.
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Old 09-13-2007, 08:10 PM   #3
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No, I said the Lee manual DOES have copper plated bullet recipes. But it is the ONLY manual I've seen so far with them.
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Old 09-13-2007, 09:29 PM   #4
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Howdy folks,



While Mr. LelandRay may not have known it, what he suggested is exactly what Ranier Ballistics suggests doing - using lead bullet data with their bullets. I took this off their website when calling up "Reloading Data":



"RainierBallistics

Reloading Data



We, at Rainier Ballistics, recommend using lead bullet load data when loading our bullets. There is no need for adjustment when using lead bullet load data. Our bullets are jacketed using an electroplating process and are softer than traditionally jacketed bullets; hence the recommendation to use lead bullet load data. If you only have access to traditionally jacketed load data, we recommend reducing maximum charge by 10%. A roll or taper crimp may be used with our bullets; do not over crimp.



Copyright 1993 Rainier Ballistics

All rights reserved."



I hope this helps you out when looking for loading data for particular powders, as long as the caliber you are loading has lead bullet data. Otherwise I would suggest following Ranier's suggestion to reduce jacketed data by 10%.



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Old 09-15-2007, 06:29 AM   #5
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It made sense, twoguns. I know the composition of the bullet, and for all intents and purposes, it's a lead slug without an added lubricant.



I hadn't seen the Ranier recommendation, and so far I've never found a set of instructions from a major powder manufacturer.
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Old 09-15-2007, 07:47 AM   #6
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Howdy Mr. LelandRay,



I have never used this type of projectile, so to be honest I had never really looked for loading data for it. I did have a couple of reloading manuals handy, and glanced through them. I did find a couple of specific loads using Ranier bullets in my Accurate Arms vol 2R, but it seemed not to have a lot that specified a Ranier bullet.



So that was when I decided to see what Ranier had to say, and checked their website. When I hit reloading data, that was the statement that popped up when the page loaded.



I agree sir, it does make sense to me as well. But it just proves you are smarter than your realized too.



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Old 09-15-2007, 07:53 AM   #7
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I don't know how smart I am, as I'm headed to the New Orleans gun show in another hour or so.



But I'm going well armed, and with like minded friends, so it might be a fun day. :)
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Old 09-20-2007, 06:28 AM   #8
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I used to use Rainiers all the time. Seemed like a good deal without leading up your barrel. I just kind of surprised that Lee was the only reloading manual I've seen that had specific data for copper plated bullets. Since then I've switched to moly covered bullets. Same non leading of the barrel and cheaper yet. I was wondering whether to use the Lee copper plated data for the molys, but I guess I'll just use the lead recipes instead.
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Old 09-25-2007, 10:54 AM   #9
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Hope this helps!





http://www.members.aol.com/scoll6310...nierMWdata.pdf
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Old 10-07-2007, 09:30 PM   #10
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That is good to know about Ranier
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