Frequently Asked Questions


Order Instructions

Order over $100 ship free!

Orders less than $100 will be rated accordingly. This applies to all the products listed on the website and in the catalog.  Any order over $100 ships free.

Shipping services for products shipped for free will be determined by Berry’s. We ship our products using FedEx, USPS, 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.

Shipping to Alaska or Hawaii

Bullets will ship for free to Alaska and Hawaii. If ammo boxes or accessories are ordered there will be an additional fee to ship to Alaska and Hawaii.

Do you sell internationally?

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

general questions

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.

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

How fast can I shoot these bullets?

All of our bullets have recommended maximum velocities listed on their website listing page or packaging. Most bullets have a standard max velocity of 1250 fps unless otherwise listed.

Please be sure to check the bullet you are interested in for maximum velocity as all can be different.

Is separation a problem with Plated Bullets?

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. This is a rare occurrence when applied properly.

Why is there no cannelure in your bullets?

We are adding cannelures or crimp rings to most bullets where applicable. Check the bullet’s web page to see if a cannelure or crimp ring is available. If you feel the need, you can use a snug roll crimp to keep bullets in place on those that don’t have a ring or cannelure. Just ensure you don’t get the roll too tight such that it severs the plating and reduces performance.


What is the difference between Plated/Jacketed/Cast bullets?

Berry’s Superior Plated bullets begin as a swaged lead core after which the plating process is applied using electrolysis. The swaged lead cores are tumbled in an electrically charged bath containing high-grade copper ingots bonding the copper to the lead. The longer the bullets remain in the bath, the thicker the plating. Our bullets are plated to our specifications and are then restruck to ensure exact caliber specifications.

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

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

Why is the bullet diameter 0.001″ bigger than my load book recommends?

Berry’s Mfg sizes our .32 cal, 38 Super, 9mm, 40/10mm and .45 ACP a thousandth larger than the standard FMJ round diameter. It is completely safe to load, as our bullet is constructed out of a soft lead and then plated with copper, which does not cause the pressure spikes that an oversized FMJ round would. The plated bullet pressure curve resembles that of the hard cast or lead bullets.

Taper or Roll Crimp?

You can use both the Taper and Roll Crimp on Berry’s Bullets.

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.

What is the brinell hardness of your bullets?

The BHN of our bullets is 15.

What does Double Struck (DS) mean?

All Berry’s Superior 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.


Where can I find load data for your bullets?

Load data from any load manual or website can be used. Full-metal jacketed, lead bullet, or plated bullet load data can be used as long as the following standards are adhered to:

  • The data contains the correct grain weight of bullet.
  • Berry’s max recommended velocity is not exceeded. (This info is displayed on bullet boxes and product webpages.)
    • Standard Plate Bullets Max Velocity: 1,250 fps.
    • Thick-Plate Bullets (TP) Max Velocity: 1,500 fps.
  • Do not over-crimp the bullet. Crimping so tight that bullet deformation occurs, or plating is separated causing visible exposure of the lead core will cause tumbling, key-holing, and reduced accuracy.

Load data containing bullet descriptions such as Plated (P,) Berry’s Bullet (BERB,) Total Metal Jacket (TMJ,) Copper Plated (CP,) or CPJ (Copper Plated Jacket,) refers to plated bullet data.

Cartridge Overall Lengths (COL) are found in the load data being used. DO NOT EXCEED SAAMI MAX COL SPECS.

For SAAMI MAX COL specs please click HERE.

Here are websites with load data information:

Buyers and users assume all risk, responsibility and liability whatsoever for any and all injuries (including death), losses or damages to persons or property (including consequential damages), arising from the use of any product or data, whether or not occasioned by seller’s negligence or based on strict liability or principles of indemnity or contribution. It is the buyer’s responsibility to educate themselves in safety standards associated with handloading ammunition.

How do I get set up as a Dealer or Distributor of Berry’s Mfg products?

Berry’s Mfg does have multiple Dealer and Distributor programs available for those that qualify. Please call one of our sales representatives at (800) 269-7373 for more information.

Do you have a Digital Copy of your Catalog available?

Does Berry’s Mfg offer an OEM program to ammunition manufacturers?

Berry’s Mfg does offer multiple OEM programs for qualifying FFL holders.