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Old 11-11-2019, 08:59 AM
Uncle Mike Uncle Mike is online now
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Default Pistol Lead vs Polymer Bullets

Hi, I'm working on a load for Cowboy Action/Wild Bunch competitions. I have a choice between lead which I have used for years or the new (to me) polymer coated bullet. Anyone have experience with these ?, regards, Mike
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Old 11-11-2019, 10:03 AM
Unclenick Unclenick is offline
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They sometimes add the odd odor of hot plastic to the smoke, but overall they do an excellent job of eliminating leading. For many, they eliminate it completely. I don't think it's an accuracy substitute for getting your revolver chamber throats to match your bullet OD -0.0000 and +0.0005 and be over groove diameter by one to two thousandths nor for eliminating bore constrictions and surface roughness, but it does seem to prevent lead metal fouling.

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Old 12-03-2019, 10:38 PM
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And less smoke because powder coated bullets don't need all that lube,,,not any lube
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Old 12-04-2019, 03:17 PM
mikld mikld is offline
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PCed bullets do most everything they are said to do; clean handling, clean shooting, and some go to higher velocities. I have been PCing my cast for about 4 years and have used them in all my handguns and a couple rifles. I used cast lead data and methods with quite a bit of success and I shoot outside so I haven't noticed any smoke or smell differences. I have managed to get my cast bullets to shoot clean, leading free for most of my cast bullet loads so I don't PC as much as I did...
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