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This is a discussion on Plated Berry s bullets reloading data within the MP Reloading forums, part of the Smith & Wesson MP Forum category; I want to reload 115 gr plated roundnose..can i use the LRN data ...im useing Longshot powder...cci primers and setting the col at 1.100?Thanks Rusty...


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Old July 8th, 2014, 06:38 PM   #1
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Plated Berry s bullets reloading data

I want to reload 115 gr plated roundnose..can i use the LRN data ...im useing Longshot powder...cci primers and setting the col at 1.100?Thanks Rusty
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Old July 8th, 2014, 06:46 PM   #2
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They recommend lead data for plated.
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Old July 8th, 2014, 07:30 PM   #3
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Plated bullet makers almost always recommend using lead bullet data. Your OAL looks a little short, most loading books recommend 1.125" OAL for 115 gr bullets, shorter OAL in pistol cartridges tends to spike pressures. My own personal experience with 9mm has shown that 1.125" OAL feeds well in 9mm also.
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I'm using Berry's RN 115 grn and the load recommended for lead with Titegroup with CCI primers. I'm seating the bullet at 1.125. I have not had a single failure of any kind with this load.

Be very careful with crimping the Berry's. The are soft and easily deformed if you crimp them too tight. Measure a few rounds very carefully after crimping at the rim of the casing to see that they are within spec.

Good luck.
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What is the powder load you are using with Titegroup? I am currently loading at 3.9 with an OAL of 1.14 - Berry's 124. I know its heavier but was just curious.
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I've been using 4.1 with the 115s. I'm about out of powder though, getting kinda worrisome.
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Old July 9th, 2014, 01:31 PM   #7
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I shoot 124 gr lead with 3.8 Titegroup right now was shooting 4.0gr.
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Old July 9th, 2014, 02:00 PM   #8
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Berry's website states the following:

FAQ: 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 1250 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 over 1250fps unless the bullet description denotes a thick plated bullet with a higher listed maximum for velocity.

I keep that in mind when I'm choosing how I want to reload. X-treme bullets I believe are rated slightly higher than Berry's. I use both and haven't had any problems with them.
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Old July 9th, 2014, 02:09 PM   #9
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Be very careful with crimping the Berry's. The are soft and easily deformed if you crimp them too tight. Measure a few rounds very carefully after crimping at the rim of the casing to see that they are within spec.

Good luck.
I've shot a lot of Berry's and I'm very happy with them, as mentioned above, they are very soft and overly aggressive crimping can cut through the plating, this isn't exclusive to Berry's, that advice applies to virtually all plated bullets.

I recently picked up some Extreme 115 gr bullets in 9mm, their prices are really competitive, I noticed they seem to be a little different shape, when I loaded them at 1.125" I didn't think they were seated deep enough in the case, so I loaded them a little shorter, I can't remember the measurement off the top of my head, but I haven't had a chance to test fire them yet.

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As far as crimping goes, I wouldn't even call what I do as crimping. It's more like just taking the flare out and straightening the case back up to spec. I usually seat the X-treme bullets 115 gr to 1.115" on the RN and the Berry's at 1.125" with a charge somewhere at the high end of LRN or low end of FMJ. I have used mostly 231 and Titegroup.
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Is nt that what LRN means lead round nose...i got the data from Hodgon....the oal is alittle deep..i thought.......Im loading Berrys and Extreme plated round nose
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LRN=Lead Round Nose
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Wrinkles - have you noticed any more smoke and carbon on the casings after firing? Your load is about what mine is and I do get some carbon build up on the casings.
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I'm using Berrys and using the LRN data from Hodgon as well. I have made up a few at the starting load for Longshot but haven't had a chance to test them yet, but I've done Tightgroup and 700X
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You know I hadn't even paid attention to that. I do know that my son's tangfugio elite doesn't cycle the 3.8 gr load reliably but my M&P and XD do. He needs to get a lighter spring. It's a nice accurate load.
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