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Old July 5, 2012, 08:24 AM   #26
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What they're calling "high speed" bullets are what you see referred to in most places as "plated bullets". The paragraph you quoted equates the two terms, but not until the very end.

Generally, you use cast bullet data for plated bullets.
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Old July 5, 2012, 09:24 AM   #27
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Great, thanks!!

I'll start cross referencing data., again

As it happens, some loading data that came on the back of my Lee Die Kit instructions lists 125gr, copper plated bullets in my exact weight.

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Old July 5, 2012, 07:31 PM   #28
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Normally speaking you can load plated bullets the same as you would lead bullets of a similar shape. These will be using less powder then jacketed bullets. Try finding a similar shape and weight lead bullet for the .44 and use that data.
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Just an FYI for those that think you have to use lead data with plated bullets this is from Berry's. I personally have never used lead data for plated bullets.

Plated bullets occupy a position between cast bullets and jacketed bullets. They are soft lead, but have a hard outer shell on them. When loading plated bullets we have found best results using low- to mid-range jacketed data in the load manual. You must use data for a bullet that has the same weight and profile as the one you are loading. Do not exceed mid-range loads. Do not use magnum loads.
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.
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