Lead Bullets in a M&P?

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Old April 29th, 2012, 06:29 PM   #1
 
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HI,

I was wondering if you can use lead bullets in the M&P? I have looked through the manual online and it doesn't talk about it. Just use commercial ammo in it...
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Old April 29th, 2012, 06:59 PM   #2
 
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I shoot nothing but lead in my .40 pro works great and its cheap.
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Old April 30th, 2012, 03:29 AM   #3
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Works fine. Only Glock barrels (and maybe Kahr) advise against.



Use a good de-leading solvent when you clean, or just follow each session of lead with a few jacketed bullets!



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Old April 30th, 2012, 08:38 AM   #4
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Lead works great in the 45's.
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40s too, I just don't like handling it.
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Old April 30th, 2012, 10:43 AM   #6
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When you have washed grease off your hands with leaded gas as much as I did in years past you don't worry much about lead poisening. I have also learned how to easily clean lead from barrels. I save around $120 per thousand by using lead and am a tight wad. That $120 builds another thousand. Also 99% of my shooting is in open air.
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I pay about that just for the bullets, another $20 for 1000 primers, but still prefer to avoid ingesting any lead at all. I hate the smell of gasoline, and while not often confused with a tightwad, usually get awesome deals.
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M&P's got a standard rifled barrel not the polygonal rifling that most of your glocks,HK,KAHRS will have. to my knowledge leads A-OK
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Old May 2nd, 2012, 04:12 PM   #9
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My 45 does just fine with lead. Very little deposit of lead in the barrel. Rarely even have to use a brush. If you reload, for almost the same price you can reload with plated bullets.
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Old May 2nd, 2012, 09:28 PM   #10
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My 45 does just fine with lead. Very little deposit of lead in the barrel. Rarely even have to use a brush. If you reload, for almost the same price you can reload with plated bullets.
Don't know where you are getting your bullets from but after many years of reloading I have yet to find plated bullets close to the price of lead bullets.
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Old October 24th, 2012, 06:21 AM   #11
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I know this is an older thread but any reloaders out there worried about lead build up might give Precision Bullets a try. I started using em back when I was into CAS about 12 years ago. Great bullet, fair prices and I've never had leading issues.
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Old October 24th, 2012, 02:50 PM   #12
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Good to know since my next pistol purchase will probably be an M&P 9MM
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Old October 24th, 2012, 02:58 PM   #13
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lead is the least expensive followed by molys,plated and FMJ. I personally prefer molys these days. I find them to be just as accurate as FMJ without the messy lube associated with pure lead bullets. Run 100% in all my guns.
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Old October 25th, 2012, 12:27 PM   #14
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Lube IS an issue to me, and the only lead bullets I've ever purchased turned out to be a massive PITA due to lube migration onto everything freeking imaginable. I pretty much solved this problem by running into a lube that stays put (Jake's Purple Ceresin), but after a few thousand rounds, still need to clean out the seating die. But, that takes seconds--the cold lube comes out as a chunk or two using a probe (I use tweezers).

Now, the only reason for me to shoot lead bullets is the case where I cast them myself. In that case I believe they're about $0.03 each, cutting the price of handloads in half or more over other bullet choices. Buying them at $0.10 each or more doesn't make much sense to me, when plated are the same price and much more fun to handle.

If I could find cast lead bullets with decent, hard lube for $0.06 each, I'd likely never cast another bullet unless I couldn't find the bullet I wanted,
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I shoot nothing but lead in my .40 pro works great and its cheap.
Which lead do you shoot? Re-manufactured or your own reloads? Powder? Velocity? etc?

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