Lead/ silver alloy bullets?

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by HustleMuscle, Mar 30, 2012.

  1. HustleMuscle

    HustleMuscle

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    So my wife surprised me today by bringing home a box of lead/ silver alloy bullets....45 cal 230gr made by oregon trail bullet company. I have never reloaded this type of alloy bullet or anything that is lead based.the box claims that these bullets will not lead the barrel...is this type of bullet damage the barrel of my guns or my brass or reloading dies? Thank you in advance for your time.
     
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    I wonder if they have enough silver to be good for killing Vampires. :supergrin:
     
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    indeed i am happy that she got them but i dont know if they will damage my barrel. anyone know for sure?
     
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    Never used them before. I read that they are hard, like 22 BHN. Even if they are 30BHN they arn't going to hurt a hardened steel barrel.
     
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    Zombie Steve Decap Pin Killa

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    If they're that hard, they might have a hard time obturating in the barrel. Interesting stuff though... let us know how they shoot.
     
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    Yes, if they are too small for the bore you can get leading. There is almost no silver in their alloy, trace elements at best. With silver going for what, $31/oz, your bullets would be too expensive to shoot! It's a nice sales gimmick though.
     
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    Come on guys......
    No one here really thinks that Oregon Trails "silver Bullets" actually contain silver, do we? Go to the web site, they make no mention of the bullets containing silver. They do not contain silver, they are simple lead alloy bullets. Get real.
    Tom
     
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    They catually do tout there is some silver in their alloy, probably silver dross is added to the melt & fluxed out again leaving some trace silver behind, but that isn't making them magic non leading bullets. You still have to fit them to the gun or they will lead.
     
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    Actually, Silver is for a werewolf not Vampires. Silver will only slow down a Vampire. You need a good UV Bullet to kill a Vampire. Rent "Underworld" and give it a watch, it'll bring ya' up to speed on killing Vampires and Werewolfs. :supergrin:
     
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    Wish they'd have invented them while I was still married... no, wait... you throw water on witches.

    Nevermind.


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    I've shot them before, they worked great.
     
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    I shot them almost exclusively before Berry's came into existence. The amount of their .45 cal 200gr. RNFP slugs I put through my various 1911s would probably be enough to buy a good, used work car.

    A great product but price + shipping has put them out of my reach.
     
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    They contain trace amounts of silver. Several years ago, I had the lab at my work run them through the gas chromatograph mass spectrometer. The lab confirmed there is silver in the alloy.

    Lead alloy bullets means many things. When something is alloyed, it has other metals with it. A lead alloy simply means lead is the primary metal and there are other metals alloyed with it. A lead alloy is commonly lead, tin, and antimony, but not always.
     
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    Maybe that local fire has you thinking of nothing but water now? :wavey:

    Hope you're doing OK.
     
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    Mia Culpa, guys,
    Went back and looked at the Oregon Trail website, and there actually is a claim of some amount of silver in their alloy, so I was mistaken in my previous post. I doubt if the amount of precious metal in the alloy is much, and doubt that it creates a huge advantage. That said, though I have used Laser-Cast bullets, and like them very much.
    Tom