Palmetto Gun Blog

Should I Reload with Coated Bullets or Jacketed Bullets?

Posted by Joel O on

We get asked a few times a week if a reloader should be using cast bullets or jacketed bullets.  The answer is as simple yet vexing: it depends. Jacketed bullets are great for supersonic work, meaning rifle supersonic.  The hard jacket reinforces the soft lead core and lets it handle the 300k+ RPM that your twist rate imparts on the projectile in flight.  Regular (non-rifle) jacketed bullets are made the same way and work just as well, but it can really be overkill on both your needs and your wallet. Coated bullets are ideal for shooting under 1300 fps as...

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Why You Should Be Buying Silencers RIGHT NOW

Posted by Joel O on

Hillary lost, Trump won, and liberals are still crying in the streets.  But what does that mean for firearms enthusiasts?  Well first off it means our gun rights are safer that ever.  It also means that now is the time to buy!  In the last few years we had to search high and low for the guns we wanted and now firearms manufacturers are having to kick down our doors and offer us good deals to even consider buying.  The silencer industry is the best example of this at the moment. So why should you buy silencers right now? First...

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Coated Bullets and Silencers

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We often have shooters ask: "are coated bullets safe the shoot through my silencer?"   The answer is YES. Coated bullets are the bridge between jacketed and cast bullets.  Are jacketed bullets safe to shoot through your can?  Absolutely (so long as you have selected the proper projectile).  Are cast bullets safe to shoot through your car?  Absolutely again, proper projectile blah blah.  But with cast bullets you will inevitably deal with leading over time.  This is a PITA to clean off of your user serviceable can and a factory job with a sealed can.  So how are coated bullets...

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Loading Coated Bullets

Posted by Joel O on

Have you ever loaded cast bullets?  If yes, then you're good to go.  But lets go step by step and cover what you need to do. Before you get started here are things to consider: coating selection, bullet selection, load, bell/flare and crimp, and COL.  We are not talking about presses and dies right now because those are a separate can of worms for another post. Coating Selection You need to find quality coated projectiles.  The most important thing is to coating.  We use Hi Tek, a super awesome phenol-based resin that is safe and effective.  We use red to...

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Coated Bullets vs. Regular Bullets

Posted by Joel O on

When loading your own ammo there are a few options in bullet type.  Since we're not going to talk antique firearms let's concentrate on the modern goodies.  There are tons of different bullet types out there.  Bullets that punch clean holes in paper, bullets that expand on impact, shatter against backdrops, punch through bone and meat, blast through armor, explode, set stuff on fire, heck some bullets that blast through armor, explode, and set on fire (awesome).  Coated bullets are the best.  I just needed to get that out there.  But let's cover all the options first, explain how they...

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