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    Reloading components

    Hey guys! At our Starbucks meet on 2/14, we were talking about reloading. Shimmer, Drew9, LCK, I like using bullets from Berry's (www.berrysmfg.com).


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    I've had good luck with Berrys. However, they tend to come apart or keyhole at velocities over 1100fps (not a problem for 45ACP and other slower calibers). Currently, I order FMJ bullets from Precision Delta. Their prices are only a few bucks higher than Berrys plated, but it's definitely worth it. Reloading plated bullets can sometimes be tricky since you must avoid over-crimping.

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    Quote Originally Posted by attrapereves View Post
    I've had good luck with Berrys. However, they tend to come apart or keyhole at velocities over 1100fps (not a problem for 45ACP and other slower calibers). Currently, I order FMJ bullets from Precision Delta. Their prices are only a few bucks higher than Berrys plated, but it's definitely worth it. Reloading plated bullets can sometimes be tricky since you must avoid over-crimping.
    I've been loading my own .40s&w using Berry's bullets with Blue Dot powder and haven't noticed any poor performance.

    I'm curious why you are crimping pistol bullets, though. Is that a particular issue with your pistol?


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    Quote Originally Posted by G22shooter View Post
    I've been loading my own .40s&w using Berry's bullets with Blue Dot powder and haven't noticed any poor performance.

    I'm curious why you are crimping pistol bullets, though. Is that a particular issue with your pistol?


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    as far as crimping goes on a pistol, I dont think you really need it unless.you are having feed issues when shooting the reloads. Provided theres a tight seal between the bullet and the rim of the brass (there should be unless you are seating the bullet to far in) no crimping should be needed. Crimp dies dont generally come with pistol dies for that reason unless its a round that requires it, I believe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by G22shooter View Post
    I've been loading my own .40s&w using Berry's bullets with Blue Dot powder and haven't noticed any poor performance.

    I'm curious why you are crimping pistol bullets, though. Is that a particular issue with your pistol?


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    I wasn't crimping any semi-auto bullets, but you do have to be very careful with revolver loads.

    Performance is great as long as the velocity is under 1100fps. Some 9mm loads, and most 10mm loads are over that velocity. I loaded some 180gr 10mm loads with Berrys around 1150fps and got slight keyholing. Once I lowered it back down below 1100, they were fine. I stick with jacketed bullets for my faster calibers.

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    i picked up my last bunch from here, no issues with them.

    http://www.dardascastbullets.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by diablos30 View Post
    i picked up my last bunch from here, no issues with them.

    http://www.dardacastbullets.com/
    diablos30 -- Thanks for the link. If I ever reload for anything other than a Glock, I will certainly keep them in mind. For now, I will stick to Berry's bullets since they work best for me in my Glock 22 pistol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by attrapereves View Post
    I wasn't crimping any semi-auto bullets, but you do have to be very careful with revolver loads.

    Performance is great as long as the velocity is under 1100fps. Some 9mm loads, and most 10mm loads are over that velocity. I loaded some 180gr 10mm loads with Berrys around 1150fps and got slight keyholing. Once I lowered it back down below 1100, they were fine. I stick with jacketed bullets for my faster calibers.
    attrapereves -- you seem pretty sure of this 1100fps thing, but like I said -- I've never had a problem and I'm no newbie to reloading. In my pistol and with Blue Dot powder, Berry's bullets have been awesome. I have had much better groups and much better accuracy to point of aim than with other bullets.

    I guess that's why there's chocolate and vanilla.
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    Quote Originally Posted by G22shooter View Post
    attrapereves -- you seem pretty sure of this 1100fps thing, but like I said -- I've never had a problem and I'm no newbie to reloading. In my pistol and with Blue Dot powder, Berry's bullets have been awesome. I have had much better groups and much better accuracy to point of aim than with other bullets.

    I guess that's why there's chocolate and vanilla.
    I definitely agree about the accuracy bit. I've tried different types of bullets for my 32ACP, but the Berrys always seem to be the most accurate.

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    A referral from myself and a few friends. http://www.rozedist.com/
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    Quote Originally Posted by smlawrence View Post
    A referral from myself and a few friends. http://www.rozedist.com/
    Thanks for the link. A little pricy depending on what you get especially with shipping. Some decent stuff there though.

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    We usually make sure our total equals 1000rds for free shipping. A little of this and a little of that... Lol. Great ballistics on them as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by smlawrence View Post
    We usually make sure our total equals 1000rds for free shipping. A little of this and a little of that... Lol. Great ballistics on them as well.
    Awesome, I've book marked your site. I might be making use of it soon, seeing as I just bought 1000 brass, and have no bullets yet

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