berry bullets - MP-Pistol Forum

berry bullets

This is a discussion on berry bullets within the MP Reloading forums, part of the Smith & Wesson MP Forum category; looking for info on loads for Berry plated bullets. Particularly 115 9mm. Any experiences, good or bad will be appreciated...


Go Back   MP-Pistol Forum > Smith & Wesson MP Forum > MP Reloading

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old May 1st, 2017, 03:07 PM   #1
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: east tennessee
Posts: 112
berry bullets

looking for info on loads for Berry plated bullets. Particularly 115 9mm. Any experiences, good or bad will be appreciated

Last edited by donhudd; May 1st, 2017 at 03:15 PM.
donhudd is offline  
Old May 1st, 2017, 08:59 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
PaPow's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2016
Location: NY
Posts: 1,295
Don,
i`ve had excellent luck with berry`s bullets, both the 115gr & 124gr plated round nose.
I been using hodgdon CFE pistol powder. It likes the load to be a tenth under the max.
I mainly shoot the 124gr with 4.9 CFE, winchester primers, 1,150 OAL w/taper crimp @ .379 at the case mouth.
Burns super clean, VERY accurate out of every 9mm pistol i have. You can start @ 4.5 if you want, but 4.9 works for me.
PaPow is online now  
Old May 2nd, 2017, 06:11 AM   #3
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2016
Location: Central Maine
Posts: 760
Sorry, not 115 or 124. But here it is anyway.

Berrys plated 147gr RN # 47636
3.2 gr 231
WW SP
1.160 LOA
BrianK is offline  
 
Old May 2nd, 2017, 06:35 AM   #4
Senior Member
 
PaPow's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2016
Location: NY
Posts: 1,295
Quote:
Originally Posted by BrianK View Post
Sorry, not 115 or 124. But here it is anyway.

Berrys plated 147gr RN # 47636
3.2 gr 231
WW SP
1.160 LOA
Brian,
do you shoot this load that you posted...????
Reason i ask is, i`ve got a ton of 147gr plated bullets sittin around here. Once i found the 124gr berrys to work excellent for me, i never really thought about using the 147`s.
I`ve also got a bunch of Frontier 147gr flat nose (9mm) that i bought in a buy-out. Got them for next to nothing, so i figured, hey, there bullets, nuffin like having extra lead sittin around.
PaPow is online now  
Old May 2nd, 2017, 08:38 AM   #5
G56
Site Staff
 
G56's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Oklahoma
Posts: 8,918
I've used Berry Bullets for years, good results overall. I switched to Xtreme Bullets about a year or so back, strictly for price reasons, the Xtreme are a bit cheaper with comparable performance.

I've been using the same load for the last 30+ years, my standard load in 9mm is 115 gr bullet, 4.6 gr of 231, I use the same load regardless of the bullet used, jacketed or plated, even lead bullets, but I rarely shoot lead in 9mm. For years it was jacketed hollowpoints, that way I had a load suitable for self defense even with my standard practice load, as long as I could get JHP bullets for a reasonable price. Those days are long gone now, so I buy plated bullets these days, I'm very pleased with their performance, first it was Berry's and then I found Xtreme, I really like their prices.

X-Treme BULLETS
G56 is offline  
Old May 2nd, 2017, 10:18 AM   #6
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2016
Location: MA
Posts: 15
Quote:
Originally Posted by G56 View Post
I've used Berry Bullets for years, good results overall. I switched to Xtreme Bullets about a year or so back, strictly for price reasons, the Xtreme are a bit cheaper with comparable performance.

I've been using the same load for the last 30+ years, my standard load in 9mm is 115 gr bullet, 4.6 gr of 231, I use the same load regardless of the bullet used, jacketed or plated, even lead bullets, but I rarely shoot lead in 9mm. For years it was jacketed hollowpoints, that way I had a load suitable for self defense even with my standard practice load, as long as I could get JHP bullets for a reasonable price. Those days are long gone now, so I buy plated bullets these days, I'm very pleased with their performance, first it was Berry's and then I found Xtreme, I really like their prices.

X-Treme BULLETS
What are you getting for a velocity with the w231 and 115gr? Just curious as I am fairly new to reloading.
rickflst is offline  
Old May 2nd, 2017, 11:50 AM   #7
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2016
Location: Central Maine
Posts: 760
Quote:
Originally Posted by PaPow View Post
Brian,
do you shoot this load that you posted...????
Reason i ask is, i`ve got a ton of 147gr plated bullets sittin around here. Once i found the 124gr berrys to work excellent for me, i never really thought about using the 147`s.
I`ve also got a bunch of Frontier 147gr flat nose (9mm) that i bought in a buy-out. Got them for next to nothing, so i figured, hey, there bullets, nuffin like having extra lead sittin around.
I don't shoot it anymore. I moved to 165g loads for the much slower shove the recoil gives. Yes, I've got a few k of lighter bullets too. I need to develop some loads that function my sub2000 and shoot them up in comp'.
BrianK is offline  
Old May 2nd, 2017, 03:23 PM   #8
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: Ohio
Posts: 184
I shoot Xtreme 147's over 4.5 grains of BE-86. Out of 5" M&P, 1038 avg FPS.

Very happy with Xtreme's prices and shipping. Often they run specials.
lhawkins is offline  
Old May 2nd, 2017, 07:40 PM   #9
G56
Site Staff
 
G56's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Oklahoma
Posts: 8,918
Quote:
Originally Posted by rickflst View Post
What are you getting for a velocity with the w231 and 115gr? Just curious as I am fairly new to reloading.
Average velocity of 1125 out of a Beretta Mod 92 which has a 5" bbl.
G56 is offline  
Old May 2nd, 2017, 08:23 PM   #10
Senior Member
 
PaPow's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2016
Location: NY
Posts: 1,295
Quote:
Originally Posted by lhawkins View Post
I shoot Xtreme 147's over 4.5 grains of BE-86. Out of 5" M&P, 1038 avg FPS.

Very happy with Xtreme's prices and shipping. Often they run specials.
BE-86, VERY nice powder... i use to use it alot... very similar to unique powder i believe. But its very limited where i live and i cant see the point with ordering it on the internet, the hazmat fees make it very expensive. Thats why i shoot hodgdon CFE-Pistol powder now... tons of CFE around my area. I love how clean the CFE burns, recoil pulse is very soft too... actually quite a bit softer than the BE-86. If you havent tried the CFE powder, you should. Loads work up really easy... its very forgiving.
PaPow is online now  
Old May 2nd, 2017, 08:25 PM   #11
Senior Member
 
PaPow's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2016
Location: NY
Posts: 1,295
Quote:
Originally Posted by G56 View Post
I've used Berry Bullets for years, good results overall. I switched to Xtreme Bullets about a year or so back, strictly for price reasons, the Xtreme are a bit cheaper with comparable performance.

I've been using the same load for the last 30+ years, my standard load in 9mm is 115 gr bullet, 4.6 gr of 231, I use the same load regardless of the bullet used, jacketed or plated, even lead bullets, but I rarely shoot lead in 9mm. For years it was jacketed hollowpoints, that way I had a load suitable for self defense even with my standard practice load, as long as I could get JHP bullets for a reasonable price. Those days are long gone now, so I buy plated bullets these days, I'm very pleased with their performance, first it was Berry's and then I found Xtreme, I really like their prices.

X-Treme BULLETS
Thanks John, i`ll look into the xtreme bullets
Back when i bought my berrys 124grRN last fall, i got them on sale for $300 for 4,000 bullets (free shipping to my door)
PaPow is online now  
Old May 2nd, 2017, 09:11 PM   #12
G56
Site Staff
 
G56's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Oklahoma
Posts: 8,918
If you subscribe to Xtreme's emails about every couple of months, and every holiday I can remember, they have free shipping over $50 as I recall. That deal will be coming up for Memorial Day, 4th of July and Labor day, then Thanksgiving and Christmas. I usually wait for the free shipping to order mine.

Downside, they send you an email every day with the deal of the day, doesn't bug me too much I just delete them.

Not as bad as some, one shooting outfit started sending me emails, I hadn't asked for them and had never done business with them, those jerks were sending me 3 to 5 emails every day. I unsubscribed a few days ago, so far so good.
G56 is offline  
Old May 2nd, 2017, 09:24 PM   #13
Senior Member
 
PaPow's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2016
Location: NY
Posts: 1,295
Quote:
Originally Posted by G56 View Post
If you subscribe to Xtreme's emails about every couple of months, and every holiday I can remember, they have free shipping over $50 as I recall. That deal will be coming up for Memorial Day, 4th of July and Labor day, then Thanksgiving and Christmas. I usually wait for the free shipping to order mine.

Downside, they send you an email every day with the deal of the day, doesn't bug me too much I just delete them.

Not as bad as some, one shooting outfit started sending me emails, I hadn't asked for them and had never done business with them, those jerks were sending me 3 to 5 emails every day. I unsubscribed a few days ago, so far so good.
John, thank you so much for the heads up... i appreciate that very very much!!!
PaPow is online now  
Reply

  MP-Pistol Forum > Smith & Wesson MP Forum > MP Reloading

Thread Tools
Display Modes


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Polymer Coated Bullets dkelly27 MP Reloading 10 April 12th, 2017 06:34 PM
Statistics... lethality vs stopping ability BrianK MP Ammunition 13 December 14th, 2016 03:04 AM
Different Bullets...?????? PaPow MP Reloading 14 November 1st, 2016 12:30 PM
Ammo Shelf Life: How Long Are Bullets Good For? BigfootGunBelts Bigfoot Gun Belts 0 September 13th, 2016 08:13 AM
Bullets & Butterflies - 11yo IDPA MrDonivan Competition 0 August 22nd, 2016 06:41 AM



Powered by vBulletin 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
SEO by vBSEO 3.6.1
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2017 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
Copyright © 2006-2012 MP-Pistol. All rights reserved.
MP-Pistol is a M&P pistol enthusiast forum, but it is in no way affiliated with, nor does it represent Smith & Wesson Holding Corp. of Springfield, MA.