Frequently Asked Questions

  • Question: Order Instructions

    ORDERS OVER $75 SHIP FREE!

    Orders less than $75 will have a $15.00 shipping and handling charge added at the cart.  This applies to all the products listed on the website and in the catalog.  Any order over $75 ships free.

    We ship our bullets using the USPS Flat Rate boxes, most other products will ship FedEx or UPS.  If by chance, your order is shipped between 2 companies please be aware that your product will most likely arrive on separate days.

  • Question: What is the difference between Plated/Jacketed/Cast bullets?

    Berry's Premium Plated bullets begin as a swaged lead core. The plating process works through electrolysis as the lead cores are tumbled in an electrically charged bath containing high-grade copper ingots. The copper clings to the lead and the longer the bullets remain in the bath, the thicker the plating. Our bullets are plated to the correct size and then taken out of the bath.

    Jacketed bullets start with a copper cup, which is "drawn up" into the form of a jacket. Lead is then swaged into the jacket.

    Cast bullets are made up of lead that has been poured into a bullet mould. These bullets come in various hardness levels depending upon the alloy of the lead. All of our cast bullets are lubed and all have the same hardness (about 20 bhu). We distinguish between Hardcast and Cowboy only in that our Cowboy bullets are often used in Cowboy Action Shooting events.

    Comparison:

    Jacketed Bullets: Generally are most expensive but can be shot at magnum velocities and require less cleaning than Cast bullets.
    Plated Bullets: Not as expensive as Jacketed, cleaner than cast and will not lead your barrel. But you will have to stay away from magnum velocities when loading plated bullets.
    Cast Bullets: Usually cost the least, but are very "dirty" and often cannot be used in indoor ranges

  • Question: Do you have load data available? COL or OAL?

    We do not research or publish the load data. Please consult load data books or your powder manufacturers' website for load information. You can use published load data for lead/cast bullets or low to mid-range FMJ data, as long as it is the same weight bullet. Berry's offers our standard plate bullets which can handle velocities up to 1,250 fps and 1,500 fps for our Thick Plate (TP) versions.

     If COL or OAL information is needed please email sales@berrysmfg.com or click on C.O.L. Chart here.

    We recommend a light crimp on the bullet, just enough to put pressure against the bullet without denting or deforming the plating.  If you were to pull the bullet out of a case with the proper crimp you would find no more than a scratch on the surface of the plating.  If you are denting or deforming the bullet, your accuracy will suffer and the bullet may start to tumble before it hits the target.

    Here are websites with load data information,

    https://www.hodgdon.com/basic-manual-inquiry.html

    http://www.accuratepowder.com/wp-contentuploads/2010/09/WP_LoadSpec_1-23-14.pdf

    http://www.alliantpowder.com/reloaders/default.aspx

  • Question: How fast can I shoot these bullets?

    We guarantee our Standard Pistol Bullets to handle velocities up to 1,250 fps, and up to 1,500 fps for the bullets designated as TP (thick plate).

    Our 30-30 and 45-70 bullets can handle velocities up to 1,700 fps.

    Our 7.62x39 bullets can handle velocities up to 1,900 fps

    Our 30 Carbine bullets can handle velocities up to 1,950 fps.

    Our 500 S&W bullets can handle velocities up to 2,000 fps.

  • Question: Can I shoot your plated bullets in my Glock?

    Yes. We have a large contingent of loyal Glock shooters using our bullets. The plating is thick enough that you will not get lead fouling in your bore, which is the nemesis of polygonal barrels.

  • Question: How thick is the "jacket" on your bullets?

    Depending upon the caliber, the thickness of the plating on our bullets, ranges from 3.5 up to 8 thousandths of an inch of plating on each side. This is thicker than paper and ensures no lead in your bore. The bullets designed for higher velocities (45-70, 500 S&W etc.) have the thickest plating.

  • Question: Is separation a problem with Plated Bullets?

    Separation is very rare. Two things can cause a jacket to separate from the lead core: excessive speeds (magnum velocities) and over-crimping (cuts through the plating). If you'll keep these two items in check you shouldn't have a problem with bullet separation.

  • Question: Why is there no cannelure in your bullets?

    Plated bullets are very difficult to cannelure, it requires an extra step after the plating process and if not done carefully, can ruin the plating. We only put a cannelure on two bullets (45-70 and 500 S&W), you shouldn't need a cannelure on our other bullets. If you feel the need, you can use a snug roll crimp to keep bullets in place. Just ensure you don't get the roll too tight, such that it severs the plating and destroys the bullet.

  • Question: Do you sell internationally?

    We do not sell to retail consumers outside the U.S. International customers can contact us for the nearest dealer.

  • Question: How do I get set up as a dealer?

    We have a dealer program for qualified re-sellers in the shooting sports industry. We require dealers to have an FFL and retail storefront.  Qualifying as a dealer is up to our discretion, protection of our dealers is our primary goal.

  • Question: What does Double Struck (DS) mean?

    All Berry's Premium Plated Bullets go through a secondary sizing process known as "double struck". After the bullet has been plated we strike it again to ensure all dimensions are correct.