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 of $75 or more ships free.

    We ship our bullets using the USPS Flat Rate boxes, and other products will most likely ship using FedEx and 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 Preferred Plated bullets begin as a swaged lead core. The plating process works through electrolysis. The swaged 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 and cleaner than lead but you'll want 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: How do I load Berry's Preferred Plated Bullets?

    We do not research or publish the load data, but you can use any published load data for a jacketed or lead bullet as long as it is the same weight bullet.  Any of the load data books or the powder manufacturers’ website should have that information for you, as long as you keep them under 1250 fps for our standard bullet or 1500fps for the bullets designated as TP (thick plate).  

     If a COL or OAL is needed please email service@berrysmfg.com for further information.

    We recommend very little 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 Bullets to handle velocities up to 1,250 fps, and up to 1,500 fps for the bullets designated as TP (thick plated).

    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 a real tight roll crimp (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 and if not done carefully can ruin the plating. We only put a cannelure in 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 US. 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: Load Data for Berry's Preferred Plated Bullets

    Currently published load data is limited to some calibers by Accurate, Western Powders and Hodgdon.  We are working with these companies to get data published for all of our bullets.

    We recommend using hard cast load data or start with mid-range jacketed data.  Make sure data is below 1250fps unless you are using a Thick-Plated bullet that we list a higher max velocity for like the 9mm 124gr HBRN-TP that can be shot to 1500fps in open class guns like a .38 Super.  Keep in mind that since our plated bullet has the same pressure curve as a hard cast bullet, the published cast data will be very close to what you will get with our plated bullets.  If you use Jacketed data with our plated bullets you can get  from 5% - 8% increase in velocity using that data.

    Other than the data from Western and Accurate for the 9mm, .40S&W and Hodgdon .40S&W  there is no printed data available.

    For further questions you can email sales@berrysmfg.com