The Firing Line Forums

Go Back   The Firing Line Forums > The Skunkworks > Handloading, Reloading, and Bullet Casting

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old February 7, 2013, 06:24 PM   #1
smokiniron
Senior Member
 
Join Date: August 10, 2012
Location: Utah
Posts: 232
Berry's Bullets

Is there a thread discussing Berry's Bullets? I'm looking to reload .45 ACP, 9mm, and maybe rifle bullets in 30-06 and 30-30 for plinking, target, load work-up, and maybe 'just to have on-hand'.

Any thoughts?

Thanks!

-Smokiniron
__________________
"Figure Out What You Believe and STAND YOUR GROUND!"
Nemo Me Impune Lacessit
Lots of Cast Iron to Cook With...
and a few defensive firearms, too!
smokiniron is offline  
Old February 7, 2013, 06:33 PM   #2
LE-28
Senior Member
 
Join Date: September 24, 2012
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 374
There is proabably several hundred of them, go to the search at the dark blue bar on top of this page and type in Berry's then click the go button beside it.

I use Berry's plated bullets for 95% of my shooting, very pleased with them.
LE-28 is offline  
Old February 7, 2013, 06:33 PM   #3
smokiniron
Senior Member
 
Join Date: August 10, 2012
Location: Utah
Posts: 232
Excellent! Thanks!
__________________
"Figure Out What You Believe and STAND YOUR GROUND!"
Nemo Me Impune Lacessit
Lots of Cast Iron to Cook With...
and a few defensive firearms, too!
smokiniron is offline  
Old February 7, 2013, 07:41 PM   #4
Fire_Moose
Senior Member
 
Join Date: January 16, 2013
Posts: 206
They are great bullets. Good luck finding some right now. Box stores and the big reloading online stored might get some but Berry's had stopped taking orders for the time being.

Sent from my CZ85 Combat
Fire_Moose is offline  
Old February 7, 2013, 07:43 PM   #5
shootniron
Senior Member
 
Join Date: April 16, 2011
Posts: 1,147
I don't use them but have seen a lot of positive reviews of them.

But, as stated, probably pretty hard to find now.
shootniron is offline  
Old February 7, 2013, 10:03 PM   #6
notlikeyou
Member
 
Join Date: February 2, 2013
Posts: 47
@Fire_Moose Cabela's has some in stock at the moment sans 9mm
notlikeyou is offline  
Old February 7, 2013, 10:34 PM   #7
armoredman
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 22, 2007
Location: Arizona
Posts: 3,785
I use Berry's a LOT, great stuff - the Hollow Base Round Nose Thick Plate in 9mm are the best I've used in quite some time, and can be driven to normal jacketed velocities. I also use their excellent 125 grain plated bullets for 7.62x39mm with great results.
__________________
http://czfirearms.us/ same original CZForum, new location.
armoredman is offline  
Old February 7, 2013, 10:34 PM   #8
907arcticcat
Member
 
Join Date: January 15, 2013
Location: Eagle River, AK
Posts: 17
My favorite for plated bullets and I've shot thousands of them, but currently you can buy jacketed bullets cheaper at Precision Delta, Montana Gold or Zero. Most everything is backordered, but IMO plated companies are pricing themselves out of the market!
907arcticcat is offline  
Old February 7, 2013, 10:53 PM   #9
Canned Heat
Junior Member
 
Join Date: January 3, 2011
Posts: 8
They are backed up

Just went by their site and they are saying current orders 6 to 8 months out, and not taking any new orders till they catch up.
__________________
"Endeavor to Persevere"
Canned Heat is offline  
Old February 8, 2013, 06:39 PM   #10
Ozzieman
Senior Member
 
Join Date: December 14, 2004
Location: Northern Indiana
Posts: 4,964
First off, I’m a lead bullet fan and didn’t see the need for plated bullets. But hearing all the good things about them I ordered a couple of thousand before the CRASZZZZZY’s came to town.
All I bought were 44, 240 GR. They load nicely but you need to be careful on the crimp. You can deform the bullet if you over crimp. When they arrived they were very clean and the weights were amazingly consistent.
I was only pushing them to 850 FPS (est) and they proved to be a good plinking round. They are not as accurate as Penn’s wadcutter out of the 3 guns that I tried them in but they were acceptable. The load I was using was the same I worked up for the Penn bullet more than 10 years ago so with some work they might be better.
I will be buying more in the future since several of the indoor ranges in my city no longer allow lead to be shot. Berry’s makes a very good product.
http://www.pennbullets.com/44/44-caliber.html
__________________
“Peace is that brief glorious moment in history when everybody stands around reloading.” – Thomas Jefferson.

Politician's are like diapers.
You need to change them often,,,,, for the same reason!
Ozzieman is offline  
Old February 9, 2013, 06:44 AM   #11
bamiller
Senior Member
 
Join Date: January 3, 2010
Location: NW Ohio
Posts: 455
I currently reload only 9mm and .45 ACP. Used to use Precision Delta and have switched to Berry's. Happy with them thus far.
bamiller is offline  
Old February 9, 2013, 10:06 AM   #12
907arcticcat
Member
 
Join Date: January 15, 2013
Location: Eagle River, AK
Posts: 17
I'm curious why you switched from a cheaper priced jacketed bullet to a plated bullet where you don't have the option to drive them as fast and have to watch your crimp? Bullet quality and/or accuracy?
907arcticcat is offline  
Old February 9, 2013, 11:05 AM   #13
Ozzieman
Senior Member
 
Join Date: December 14, 2004
Location: Northern Indiana
Posts: 4,964
I'm curious why you switched from a cheaper priced jacketed

Since I use the 44 bullets in 44 specials, velocity is not an issue. The other reason is that Berry's is a soft hollow point that has a good chance working better at slower velocities than jacketed bullets do. And Berry’s are a lot cheaper than quality jacketed.
I was impressed by the expansion into wet a wet phone book at less than 800 fps out of a charter arms bulldog. (not the best medium)
Attached Images
File Type: jpg DSC_0063.JPG (225.1 KB, 32 views)
__________________
“Peace is that brief glorious moment in history when everybody stands around reloading.” – Thomas Jefferson.

Politician's are like diapers.
You need to change them often,,,,, for the same reason!

Last edited by Ozzieman; February 9, 2013 at 03:20 PM.
Ozzieman is offline  
Old February 9, 2013, 05:00 PM   #14
Sevens
Senior Member
 
Join Date: July 28, 2007
Location: Central Ohio
Posts: 8,771
I use tens of thousands of them in .380, 9mm, .38 Special, light .357 Mag, .38 Super, .40 S&W, .45 Auto and a few in .45 Colt.

I've used many in .30 Carbine.
My buddy has had good luck with them in .500 S&W Magnum.

As far as I know, they don't make a bullet that would be appropriate for .30-06 unless you were talking about a very light load.

I don't use them in 10mm or full bore .357 Magnum loads. The slug I use in .38 Super is their thick-plate and the .30 Carbine bullet is rated to like 1,900+ fps and I use then in a .30 Carbine Blackhawk.

I've even use a few of their teeny 71gr plated .312" slug in .327 Federal, but with a very light charge.
__________________
Attention Brass rats and other reloaders: I really need .327 Federal Magnum brass, no lot size too small. Tell me what caliber you need and I'll see what I have to swap. PM me and we'll discuss.
Sevens is offline  
Old February 9, 2013, 05:26 PM   #15
Mac Sidewinder
Member
 
Join Date: March 2, 2012
Posts: 69
I also love Berry's in 9mm, .38 and .357. I have loaded thousands of them. Berry's have a thicker plating on them than other manufacturers which even let you run their thick plated (TP) bullets up to 1400fps.

My favorites are the 124gr HBRNTP (Hollow base round nose thick plated) in 9mm, and the 158gr for .38 and light .357 use. If I want a full magnum then I stick with jacketed.

Mac
Mac Sidewinder is offline  
Old February 9, 2013, 07:01 PM   #16
smokiniron
Senior Member
 
Join Date: August 10, 2012
Location: Utah
Posts: 232
Sevens....

Quote:
As far as I know, they don't make a bullet that would be appropriate for .30-06 unless you were talking about a very light load.
I can't see their catalog at the moment due to the backlog. That said, I've thought about downloading my '06 for 110-125 gr higher velocity rounds for some varmiting... coyotes, etc.
__________________
"Figure Out What You Believe and STAND YOUR GROUND!"
Nemo Me Impune Lacessit
Lots of Cast Iron to Cook With...
and a few defensive firearms, too!
smokiniron is offline  
Old February 9, 2013, 07:04 PM   #17
smokiniron
Senior Member
 
Join Date: August 10, 2012
Location: Utah
Posts: 232
SIdewinder....

Quote:
My favorites are the 124gr HBRNTP (Hollow base round nose thick plated) in 9mm,
That's kinda' what I'd like to get for my 9mm. I understand that the hollow base is a bit longer at a given weight, so is a bit more stable down the tube.

Possibly true?
__________________
"Figure Out What You Believe and STAND YOUR GROUND!"
Nemo Me Impune Lacessit
Lots of Cast Iron to Cook With...
and a few defensive firearms, too!
smokiniron is offline  
Old February 9, 2013, 08:57 PM   #18
Sevens
Senior Member
 
Join Date: July 28, 2007
Location: Central Ohio
Posts: 8,771
Quote:
That said, I've thought about downloading my '06 for 110-125 gr higher velocity rounds for some varmiting... coyotes, etc.
Plated bullets have an ultra-thin copper plating, fractionally as thick as a jacket. The idea is that they are NOT meant for speed. Using a lighter bullet in .30-06 would be asking for more velocity.

If you can concoct a .30-06 load with a 110 grain bullet that stays under 2,000 FPS, then sure -- give the carbine bullet a try.
__________________
Attention Brass rats and other reloaders: I really need .327 Federal Magnum brass, no lot size too small. Tell me what caliber you need and I'll see what I have to swap. PM me and we'll discuss.
Sevens is offline  
Old February 10, 2013, 12:17 AM   #19
smokiniron
Senior Member
 
Join Date: August 10, 2012
Location: Utah
Posts: 232
^^^ Sevens... good reminder on the speed limits. Thanks.
__________________
"Figure Out What You Believe and STAND YOUR GROUND!"
Nemo Me Impune Lacessit
Lots of Cast Iron to Cook With...
and a few defensive firearms, too!
smokiniron is offline  
Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:01 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
This site and contents, including all posts, Copyright © 1998-2014 S.W.A.T. Magazine
Copyright Complaints: Please direct DMCA Takedown Notices to the registered agent: thefiringline.com
Contact Us
Page generated in 0.11686 seconds with 8 queries