Plated vs. Jacketed vs. Cast Bullets

Plated vs. Jacketed vs. Cast Bullets

By Berry's, Posted in Blogs
June 14, 2023

Choosing the right bullet for your shooting needs is a critical aspect of firearm use. With a variety of types available, each with its own advantages and disadvantages, understanding the differences is key. In this blog post, we'll explore three popular types of bullets: plated bullets, jacketed bullets, and cast bullets. We'll delve into their characteristics, applications, and why Berry's Bullets, a leading producer of high-quality bullets, prefers plated bullets for their superior balance of performance and value.

What are Plated Bullets?

Plated bullets are a popular choice among many shooters. They are produced by applying a thin layer of copper to a lead core through an electroplating process. This creates a bullet that combines the benefits of both jacketed and cast bullets, making them an ideal choice for various shooting scenarios.

The plating process provides several advantages. First, it gives the bullet a harder exterior, allowing it to reach higher velocities than a pure lead bullet. This makes it suitable for both pistol bullets and rifle bullets. Second, the copper plating reduces lead exposure, making it safer to handle and causing significantly less barrel fouling. This is particularly beneficial when shooting at an indoor range.

In terms of cost, plated bullets offer excellent value. While the plating process is slightly more complex than casting, the benefits far outweigh the difference in price. Plated bullets provide the performance of jacketed bullets at a price closer to that of cast bullets, making them an economical choice for many shooters.

Furthermore, the quality and consistency of Berry's plated bullets ensure dependable performance, enhancing their cost-effectiveness. Whether you're practicing at the range or in a competition, Berry's Superior Plated Bullets® deliver reliable, accurate performance every time.

What are Jacketed Bullets?