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Old April 15, 2000, 06:55 PM   #1
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My local gun dealer has been pushing me to try some National Bullet 'Copperized' copper coated lead bullets($30.00 for 500). I guess the idea is to cut down on the lead fouling. I was thinking about trying them in 158gr SWC and using 3.5gr of W231 for target practice. Anybody have any experience with these? Any other suggestions?

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Old April 16, 2000, 12:38 AM   #2
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I've used maybe 5,000 NBC bullets over the past 10-12 years or so. Generally I've been happy with them. They're not the best looking bullets around (normally a little wrinkly and some have uneven sprue marks and whiskers), but they work well enough for me.

I've been loading their 230-gr. LRN lately for .45 Auto and .45 Auto Rim. Work just fine.

Somewhere I've got 500 of their .32 cal. bullets that I load in .32 Long. --Mike
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Old April 16, 2000, 12:48 AM   #3
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National Bullet's bullets fail into the "ok" category - not real good and not bad. They're fine for your intended purpose of target practice. I find quite a few bullets with voids and missing lube out of each box. They don't go through any swaging process like Oregon Trail or Bull-X for example. Even so they usually hit the paper where pretty much where I aim them. I'm always amazed at what actually doesn't matter when it comes to an accurate bullet. The copper on the Nationals is very thin. It's more like a copper paint than a thin copper jacket like you get with Rainier's.
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