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Old March 14, 2018, 13:20   #1
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Anyone loading polymer coated hard cast bullets?

I have been thinking about trying some of the coated hard cast pistol bullets. I was wondering if anyone is shooting them and if so could you please answer some questions for me.

I would like to use them for magnum velocity hunting loads. Currently I use heat treated gas check LBT style bullets with a BHN of 21 plus for most of my big game loads. I was thinking these coated bullets in SWC form with a bullet of 18 BHN might be a suitable and cheaper alternative for deer and black bear loads.

Would they work for this purpose?

Anyone hunting big game with these or have used them in the past on big game?

I assume the coating is not hard enough to interfere with bullet deformation?

Do they leave any polymer in the barrel at magnum velocities, (1200 Fps and over).

Are you getting any leading at magnum velocities?

For target loads at under 1000 Fps are you getting any residue or leading with long strings of shooting, say 200 rounds?

Any Information would be greatly appreciated.
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Old March 15, 2018, 08:15   #2
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Might get some answers here;

http://castboolits.gunloads.com/foru...d-Alternatives
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Old March 16, 2018, 09:39   #3
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Thank you for the link.
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Old March 16, 2018, 12:32   #4
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I've loaded coated bullets for a 10mm Glock- 180 and 200 gr. Case mouth flaring is identical to setting it up for a plated bullet, ~.015". No problems with fouling, even when pushing them hard with stout loads. The coating seems to have no effect on terminal performance.
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Old March 16, 2018, 15:36   #5
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One downside I have found, they smell like burning tires when you shoot. Especially bad indoors.

Accuracy for me was mediocre, similar to plated bullets. In my tests a cast bullet of proper hardness or a quality jacketed bullet will out shoot them.
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Old March 16, 2018, 20:58   #6
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I understand trying new things /experimenting, but is there a certain result you're looking for?
(Less fouling, Greater Penetration, etc?
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What kind of polymer ?

Ive done some powder coated, but it was very slow and time consuming for basically the same results I achieved with hard cast and a quick thin tumble lube...
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I have been thinking about trying some of the coated hard cast pistol bullets. I was wondering if anyone is shooting them and if so could you please answer some questions for me.

I would like to use them for magnum velocity hunting loads. Currently I use heat treated gas check LBT style bullets with a BHN of 21 plus for most of my big game loads. I was thinking these coated bullets in SWC form with a bullet of 18 BHN might be a suitable and cheaper alternative for deer and black bear loads.

Would they work for this purpose?

Anyone hunting big game with these or have used them in the past on big game?

I assume the coating is not hard enough to interfere with bullet deformation?

Do they leave any polymer in the barrel at magnum velocities, (1200 Fps and over).

Are you getting any leading at magnum velocities?

For target loads at under 1000 Fps are you getting any residue or leading with long strings of shooting, say 200 rounds?

Any Information would be greatly appreciated.
15+ years ago there was a manufacturer selling polymer coated hardcast bullets..can't remember their name. But I shot the shit out of them! .357, .44, .45, .458. All of them worked well, and I was pushing the 405gr. .458's to 1700+FPS... NO leading.

A few years back I found a guy in Washington state that had some in .44, bought the last he had.

If you have a line on a manufacturer, I'd be interested.

And BTW, the powder coating route is a dead end...
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I've never found the need to go beyond my old school lubed/sized boolits.

Seems like a solution looking for a problem?
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Old March 18, 2018, 10:52   #10
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http://www.bayoubullets.net/

Donnie Miculek, (Jerry's brother) has these. You can also buy the coating and coat them yourself to save money.
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Thank you all for the responses.

I do cast some bullets but I tend to buy way more than I cast. All of my LBT heat treated bullets are purchased. I was thinking the coated bullets might be a cheaper alternative to the LBT's that could be driven a bit faster than a plain lubed bullet for medium game hunting. I usually don't have to much trouble with leading in hard cast bullets as long as I keep the bullets sized to the cylinder throats and they are lubed properly. I saw the coated bullets advertised and thought it might be something worth while.

4X401, I was looking at the Hitec polymer coated bullets from Missouri Bullet Company.

Hardass, Thank you for the link.
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Have tried a few along with plated and some powder coated as well. Like my cast better at end of the day. If need to push them hard seat a gas check and let fly. Have some 300 grain Keith gas check bullets use in my 454 Casulls that can push so hard will loosen your teeth.
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I found a brand called silver cast. I use them for my .45. The manufacturer recommends that you run them at jacketed bullet velocities. I do, and find them to be very accurate, and cheap. They actually cost less than cast lead. I get them at Cabelas, when I'm driving by.
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I've never found the need to go beyond my old school lubed/sized boolits.

Seems like a solution looking for a problem?
No leading and no lube. Seems like an efficient solution to me.
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