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Any experience with Berry's Hollow Base bullets?

Post by Gunsnjeeps on Fri Jan 27, 2017 4:25 pm

Thinking of trying some 185 Hollow Base in .45 ACP.  Looks to be a 230 grain Round Nose profile.  Should feed well but wondered if anyone has shot them.

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Post by dronning on Fri Jan 27, 2017 4:54 pm

No experience but like every hollow base bullet if loaded too hot I'd be concerned about the base separating, even though they say no issues loading to 1250fps - way beyond our needs.

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Post by LenV on Fri Jan 27, 2017 5:36 pm

Friends don't let friends buy Berry's. That is a personal opinion based on experience. However I have never shot their hollow base bullet.

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Post by Gunsnjeeps on Sat Jan 28, 2017 12:54 am

Natchez has  250 under $40.  I was thinking of trying them with the same load ad the Nosler 185 HP.  I didn't know if or how much the hollow base would change the load.  More volume?

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Post by AllAces on Sat Jan 28, 2017 8:41 am

Berry's sent me a sample of 100 of their 185 hbrn plated bullets several years ago. Tried various loads of N310 and Bullseye, could not get good groups.
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Post by Greg Walloch on Sat Jan 28, 2017 11:01 am

I've tested Berry's plated bullets in accurized .45's and .38's.  Frightening results at 50 yards....some groups approaching 12" from guns that regularly shoot 2" with lead.  It's the plating, some kind of tumble process that is not consistent in diameter.  I grew up working with Gilbert Berry, great guy, it's just that his plated bullets are for plinking, not BE-style shooting.

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Post by noylj on Sat Jan 28, 2017 12:26 pm

16 cents/bullet?
Powder Valley has excellent Zero 185gn JHPs for $252/2000 or 12.6 cents/bullet.
You can even get Precision Delta 185gn JHPs for $130/1000 if you buy 2000 or more.
I know which one I would spend my money on.

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Post by Magload on Sat Jan 28, 2017 4:32 pm

Greg Walloch wrote:I've tested Berry's plated bullets in accurized .45's and .38's.  Frightening results at 50 yards....some groups approaching 12" from guns that regularly shoot 2" with lead.  It's the plating, some kind of tumble process that is not consistent in diameter.  I grew up working with Gilbert Berry, great guy, it's just that his plated bullets are for plinking, not BE-style shooting.
I shot a lot of Berry's and for IDPA type shooting the are great but with a Ransonm Rest at the LL they were all over the place.  This was after working up the best load with BE and getting good groups at 25yds.  Had much the same results with coated bullets.  Don
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Post by DavidR on Sat Jan 28, 2017 7:54 pm

Berry bullets are simply plinking grade, total waste of time and money in the pursuit of accuracy
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Post by Gunsnjeeps on Sat Jan 28, 2017 8:33 pm

Thanks for the heads up.  I was looking at the small box for giving them a try, hadn't worked out cost per bullet.  I'm loading Nosler but my next batch will probably be Zero

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Post by Magload on Sat Jan 28, 2017 8:41 pm

Gunsnjeeps wrote:Thanks for the heads up.  I was looking at the small box for giving them a try, hadn't worked out cost per bullet.  I'm loading Nosler but my next batch will probably be Zero
I bought the 185gr Zero JHPs and they grouped as well as the Federal Match ammo I use as my standard as my pistol came with a 1.6" test target using it.  I think I am going to try the Nosler as I can get then from Brownell's with free shipping.
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Post by DavidR on Sat Jan 28, 2017 9:39 pm

Can't  beat the zero 185 fmj hp for price and accuracy. Noslers are good too just pricier
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Post by LenV on Sat Jan 28, 2017 11:02 pm

A bunch of us in Oregon got together and made a large order from Zero. Price break on big orders is substantial. There is nothing stopping other clubs, teams or a bunch of individuals from doing the same thing. Well, it helps if at least one member of the group is LEO or active military.


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Post by markgrabowski on Tue Jan 16, 2018 8:39 pm

I've acquired a box of these to try out at 50' indoors.... using iron sights. Any suggestions on some starting loads? I've got primarily Clays & Titegroup on hand....

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Post by Wobbley on Tue Jan 16, 2018 11:13 pm

Try 4.5 TG and see what you get.

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