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FMJ/Plated

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  1. AJoldfart

    AJoldfart Registered Member

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    Are plated bullets FMJ?

    If not why aren't they?
     
  2. noylj

    noylj Registered Member

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    They aren't jacketed. They are plated. Very different animals in terms of manufacture, accuracy and consistency.
     
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  3. SeabeeChief

    SeabeeChief Registered Member

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    Similar animal to plastic coated pills
     
  4. quil

    quil Registered Member

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    FMJ has a copper jacket surrounding the lead in the center.

    Plated has a coating on the outside of the lead bullet.
     
  5. Reloader762

    Reloader762 Registered Member

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    Not all plated bullet are created equal, Berrys bullets for example sells thick plated handgun and rifle bullets that in some calibers can be pushed to a velocity equal or higher than the cartridge will generate, so using FMJ load data is perfectly fine with those particular bullets. In the majority of instances, though, plated bullets are normally loaded at cast lead bullet velocities or slightly under FMJ velocities. The copper plating in most cases is only a couple of thousands thick, it's basically a gilded metal jacket plated to the lead core that is softer, whereas a FMJ bullet is a metal casing applied mechanically to a lead core.
     

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