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Old 01-24-2013, 12:50   #1
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X-Treme bullets from TJ Conevera

Looking to buy my first batch of bullets for reloading and found these available at what looks like a decent price with free shipping.

Anyone use these before? Being copper plated would you load them as jacketed?

http://www.tjconevera.com/x1018rnplbu1.html
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Old 01-24-2013, 12:55   #2
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Using plated bullets is not a good place to start for new reloaders. For one thing, there is very little published load data.

And NO, you don't load them like jacketed. What you do is go to the manufacturer's web site and read their recommendations. Usually, this is as simple as "load somewhere between midrange 'lead' and midrange 'jacketed'. That's the extent of load data: "load somewhere"...

Be very careful with your taper crimp. Do not indent the bullet. Pull a few and make absolutely certain their is no indentation.

Given the current shortages, I suppose it is better to buy what you can get. However, you will find that Precision Delta jacketed bullets are often cheaper than the more fragile plated bullets. But I think there is a backlog at Precision Delta...

EDIT: And pay attention to the velocity restrictions. Usually this is less than 1200 fps.

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Old 01-24-2013, 13:24   #3
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Plated are not as foolproof to load as jacketed. I would look for jacketed. Montana Gold is another option.
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Old 01-24-2013, 13:35   #4
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Yes, I have used them with great results in 9mm, .40 and .45. TJ's is good to deal with. Not a big deal but you can get them from the manufacturer for a couple bucks less and shipped here:

http://www.xtremebullets.com/category-s/48045.htm

Also Xtreme states you should keep your velocity under 1500 fps.
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Old 01-24-2013, 13:54   #5
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TJ Convera's

Howdy All,

1. I've loaded 1,000's of his Extreme's. Like em fine.

2. His supply is tight like every one's, but turn around on what he did have in stock was 3 days to a neighboring state.

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Old 01-24-2013, 14:05   #6
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Plated are fine, but not for noobs IMO. Plated load between a lead & jacketed bullet, are finicky about crimp, so if noob, go for actual jacketed bullets. Later you can save a couple $$ & go plated. TJ has always been great to deal with. Fast shipping & the products are always as described.
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Old 01-24-2013, 23:33   #7
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Using plated bullets is not a good place to start for new reloaders. For one thing, there is very little published load data.

And NO, you don't load them like jacketed. What you do is go to the manufacturer's web site and read their recommendations. Usually, this is as simple as "load somewhere between midrange 'lead' and midrange 'jacketed'. That's the extent of load data: "load somewhere"...

Be very careful with your taper crimp. Do not indent the bullet. Pull a few and make absolutely certain their is no indentation.
I disagree. Xtreme has a thicker plating than others and can withstand loads developed with jacketed data. Like anything, start low and work up.
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Old 01-25-2013, 06:56   #8
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Looks like he is totally out of bullets.
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Old 01-25-2013, 08:13   #9
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I use X-Treme and the plaiting is very thick, unlike other plated bullets.
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I guess I'm the odd ball. I started with Berry's plated bullets for 9mm and Titegroup powder and had no problems. That's all I used my first year of reloading. If you pay attention to what you are doing like you are supposed to I don't see a problem with those bullets. Like others said, no crimp just get rid of the flair.
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Old 01-26-2013, 09:11   #11
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i've reloaded some of their 9mm 135gr fp's.....they were fine.....i'd like to try some of their 147gr's soon.......
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Old 01-26-2013, 15:07   #12
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I have been using West Coast/X-Treme bullets for the last 13+ years. I have used 115, 124,135, 147,185 40 and 45 acp and gap. 200 and 230. The 230 and the new 147RN HPCB I do not care for.
If you are the type of person that does not know what a taper crimp is and thanks that you should crimp the bullet in place. Then the plated bullets are not for you of any make.
They make a very good bullet.
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Do the Extreme plated hollowpoints open up very well or is this more like the Zero and MG HP's that do not expand?
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Old 01-29-2013, 14:20   #14
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Good bullets.
Like any component change drop your charge and work back up.
The crimp is very important on any bullet used in a semi-auto pistol. Crimp enough to remove the bell and make sure it fits the chamber and magazine.
Lead, plated or jacket are all good to go.
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