types of .30 cal. bullets

(updated 5-10-2010)

Sierra, The Bulletsmiths
1400 West Henry Street
Sedalia, MO — 65301
Voice (816) 827-6300, Fax (816) 827-4999
Tech-Line 1-800-223-8799
Web Site: Sierra Bullets

Celebrating their 50th Anniversary, their new website presents about all youcould ask for in information and pictures. I have read much about the company from the web pages, and I must say I am impressed with their bullet manufacturing processes.

Berry’s Mfg. Co.

Berry’s MFG., Inc.
401 North 3050 East
St. George, Utah 84790
Voice -1-800-269-7373, 1-360-297-3292, FAX 1-360-297-2691
email: sales@berrysmfg.com

(From their brochure) “Berry’s Mfg. has been a family business for over 30 years. We started out specializing in lead bullets only.

About ten years ago, we got into plastic molding business, and in the last few years, we also started making copper plated bullets. We did this because of the new government regulations and health concerns about lead bullets. Our customers needed cleaner, plated bullets required by indoor ranges.

We now manufacture over thirty types of quality plated bullets, called T.L.F.J. bullets. ” (They also have regular Jacketed bullets as of 2010)

The bullets featured in the brochure start with a .30 cal., 110 gr. RN for carbine. Then they jump to a .380 auto, 95 gr. RN and on to the 9mm’s, 38/.357’s, 10mm/40, .41, .44 and .45 calibers including a nice 250 gr. FP for the .45 Colt.

I just got a really neat .32 caliber, 83 grain HBWC, copper plated bullet. Yes, a long hollow base wadcutter for the .32 caliber guns.

I suggest you call them for a brochure or visit online.

Hardcast Bullets

Hardcast Enterprises, Inc.
Office: 23128 Wildwood Road
Newhall, CA 91321
Voice – (805) 723-6700, Fax (805) 723-5250

Mfg: 42525 5th Street East
Lancaster, CA 93535
Voice – (805) 259-4796, Fax (805) 259-2855
email: hardcast@earthlink.net

Fred Wooldridge has added a complete line of plated bullets to their current line of “hardcast” lead bullets. They have bullets from 9mm and .38 up to .45 Colt. The .38 Wad Cutter looks like a great bullet and completely sealed with a copper plating; it would be ideal for indoor target shooting.

Fred has sent me a nice variety of bullets to test, but as I am in the process of changing households, my reloading equipment is packed for a couple of months. I hope to load and test some soon. These bullets appear to be sized particularly well, which I can’t say about all the plated bullets I have tried in the past.


Speer (Div. of BLOUNT, Inc.)
2299 Snake River Ave.
P.O. Box 856
Lewiston, ID — 83501
Voice (800) 627-3640

Speer Bullets, RCBS Reloading Equipment, CCI Primers, Outers, Weaver Scopes are all a part of BLOUNT, Inc. Their main number for a catalog on any product is 1-800-627-3640. Speer makes a wide range of bullets in every caliber you are likely to need. Their series features the “Gold Dot”, “Uni-Cor”, “Grand Slam”, and “Hot-Cor” types of construction. In .30 caliber, they still make the “Plinker” which is a lead bullet that sits in a copper “cup” and is inexpensive and great for low-recoil shooting of that favorite .30 caliber rifle.

Hornady Manufacturing Company
3625 West Old Potash Hwy
Grand Island, NE 68803
Phone: 1-800-338-3220 Tech Line
Phone: 308-382-1390
Fax: 308-382-5761

Business Hours
Monday-Thursday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Central Time

email: webmaster@hornady.com
Web page: http://www.hornady.com/

Hornady has a catalog that is free for the asking. You can reach them at their toll free number. Bob Palmer was very helpful when I called him. Hornady also has a line of reloading presses, tools, dies and other components. Their catalog shows it all, including loaded factory ammo.

In the front of Hornady’s catalog is a message from President, Steve Hornady: “1996 is an exciting year of innovation for Hornady Manufacturing. In addition to introducing new calibers of our Light Magnum(tm) ammunition, we are introducing new Heavy Magnum(tm), which delivers enhanced performance advantages from magnum rifles. We’re also proud to introduce the all-velocity V-MAX(tm) varmint bullet and Varmint Express(tm)(VX(tm)) ammunition – – the results of years of industry-leading experience in varmint bullet technology combined with the very latest in state-of-the-art computer engineering. Try these new products out for yourself. And drop us a line and tell us what you think.”

From Steve Hornady: “2010 is shaping up to be a very exciting year for Hornady. Now in our 61st year of business we are proud to unveil what we believe is one of the most significant advancements in ammunition in the past century. SuperformanceTM ammunition utilizes a new propellant technology developed in cooperation between Hornady� and our powder supplier, and delivers as much as 200 fps more muzzle velocity with our SST� and GMX�
bullets than current factory ammunition.”

Nosler Bullets, Inc.
P.O. Box 671
Bend, OR — 97709
Voice (800) 888-3921, Fax (541)388-4667
Customer Service (800) 285-3701 Web Site:
Nosler Bullets

Very well done web site and complete listing of their bullets and much info about the company. They have a unique line of Varmint bullets with the “Polycarbonate tip, nestled in the jacket mouth, color coded by caliber.” They make for a very interesting look and as Nosler says, “assures violent expansion at either end of the velocity scale. ”

Remington Arms

Consumer Info: (800) 243-9700
Arms Service Parts and Repairs: (315) 895-3200
Custom Shop: (315) 895-3288

Remington has a HUGE catalog of Firearms (Muzzle Loader and Conventional) and accessories, Ammunition and bullets and all kinds of accessories. I suggest you call the toll free number for a free catalog or see your local sporting goods dealer. It’s free and it is packed full of goodies, especially for the
Black Powder shooter.


Winchester/Olin Corporation
East Alson, Illinois – – 62024

Winchester has a very complete free catalog of their Loaded ammunition, brass, powder, bullets, primers, and other reloading components for rifle, handgun and shotgun. Regarding their bullets, Winchester says: “Winchester Supreme, Fail Safe rifle and Super-X Silvertip handgun bullets are available in popular calibers and bullet weights to achieve the same high-performance, on target results delivered by the factory loads.”

Barnes Bullets, Inc. P.O. Box 215
American Fork, Utah 84003 Voice 1-888-BARNES-X, FAX 1-801-756-2465
E-mail: bbullets@itsnet.com
Barnes Bullets Inc.

Have a selection of special types of bullets, mostly jacketed. Check out their web site and the info they have on it.

Rainier Ballistics

Rainier Ballistics Corporation
4500 15th Street East
Tacoma, WA — 98424
Voice – (800) 638-8722, Fax (206) 922-7854

This is the PLATED bullet company. Lead or lead base bullets can put lead vapors in the air when fired. Lead inhaled can stay in your body for 40 years and damage your liver and brain. Copper plated bullets minimize lead vapor in the air. At the firing line, lead vapor from regular lead may be in the range of 43 micrograms compared to 1.7 micrograms for plated bullets. On indoor ranges, don’t forget a LOT of lead vapor comes from the bullet hitting the backstop and splattering. All lead bullets will produce this effect except at special indoor ranges with special backstops and ventilation. Still, the more you cut down on vapors, the better and the bullets look pretty also. Rainier used a SWAGED bullet instead of a hot-cast bullet. This means formed from lead wire instead of poured into a mould. Then the bullets are copper electroplated completely. GUN WORLD and GUNS and AMMO magazines have had nice things to say about the accuracy of these bullets.

The People at Accurate Powder Company in McEwen, Tennessee have worked up a number of loads for these bullets. I talked with Ted Curtis when I noticed the loads for the same weight bullet were different for these plated bullets as compared with the same weight lead or jacketed bullet. He said that all bullets act differently. He was sure plated CAST bullets would behave differently from the Rainier plated bullets that are Swaged. So they don’t act like any other bullet and the loads from Accurate are just a bit LOWER than the loads for the same weight cast lead or jacketed bullet. I don’t have space here for examples, but in the future, I may include some loads in my individual caliber loads tables. For now, I suggest you use at least 10% less than the same bullet weight in the tables and work up from there. I am impressed with the company and these bullets, even though I have not tried any
yet. I plan to soon.