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Old March 5, 2011, 11:16 PM   #1
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44mag and 240 grn Berry plated bullets

I am having a hard time finding data for Berry plated bullets. Anybody got anything for 44mag with 240 grn plated HP's . I want a plinking load with Unique. Will be shooting it in a Ruger SBH with 7.5" barrel I've heard load at about mid range for hard cast lead. Is this correct?
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Old March 5, 2011, 11:30 PM   #2
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I shoot these in my Model 29. If you're interested in a plinking load, then check out lead data for the .44 special or .44 magnum and load as you would for a lead bullet. If using jacketed data, then Berry's recommends not to exceed mid range load data, which to means me 5% under max. I start 10% under the jacketed data and go from there.

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Old March 6, 2011, 12:55 AM   #3
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You might find some folks that shoot more actual Berry's bullets than I do (maybe they shoot steel every week in competition), but only in volume. I don't know of anyone in this forum that shoots a larger variety of Berry's plated slugs than I do.

I shoot their .32 cal 71gr plated RN, the flat base 100gr .380 slug, two different 9mm plated slugs, a .38 cal plated flat point, a 180 grain .40 cal flat point, two different 200 grain .45 slugs and I love their .30 cal 110 grain bullet in .30 Carbine outta my Blackhawk.

But I don't anticipate using their .44 cal bullets... because when I load .44 Mag, it's .44 Mag. It's got a heavy crimp (as it should) and it's got nuts, as a .44 Mag ought to. Neither of these conditions is good for plated bullets.

Any kind of a real roll crimp (as the .44 Mag begs for) is seriously detrimental to any plated bullet. And Berry's suggest that all the typical handgun bullets don't exceed 1,200 FPS, which .44 Mag certainly does.

For .44 Special loads? Perhaps, but I don't shoot the Special.
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Old March 6, 2011, 07:08 AM   #4
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I load those at 8 gr of unique for plinking
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Old March 6, 2011, 10:20 AM   #5
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Thanks for the onfo guys
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Old March 6, 2011, 01:07 PM   #6
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I load them to the max with Unique and haven't had any leading problems. I have shot a ton of them.
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Old March 6, 2011, 01:50 PM   #7
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Any loads at all hot in 40sw or 10mm will cause my Berry's bullets to spin off jacket material and make the target ragged with little holes.

That would not be a good bullet design for my 44 mag loads.

... as much as I like to deal with the nice people at Berry's Bullets
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