View Full Version : Lead or Jacketed Ammo?

September 21, 2000, 08:58 PM
Is there less wear and tear using lead or jacketed ammunition in handguns made from 1920-1960? Does it matter at all?

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George Stringer
September 22, 2000, 07:15 AM
K-9, I don't believe it matters. Lead will sometimes leave deposits that have to be cleaned out but I personally don't believe that anyone can shoot a handgun enough to wear out the barrel no matter which type of bullets they use. George

September 22, 2000, 12:14 PM
Yep, the current issue Beretta is the most tested military firearm in history. I'm not sure exactly how many rounds were fired through it, but the amount was staggering, like over 1 million I believe. If that didn't kill the barrel, not much is gonna.

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September 22, 2000, 01:48 PM
I've heard the old tale that jacketed bullets will wear out a barrel for years. However, after having worn out several guns over the years, it has been my experience that, in a quality gun with deep grooves, the gun itself will wear out long before the riflings will.
In a lower qualtiy gun with poor (shallow) riflings initialy from the factory this may be true. But then those guns are seldom tack drivers to begin with.


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