Frequently Asked Questions and Tips For Loading
Q: What are 'Polymer Coated Bullets'?
A: Bullet Corps Polymer (Hi-Tek) Coated Bullets are hard cast bullets with a tough polymer shell which encases the lead projectile. They are similar in concept to copper plated bullets, except the plating is made out of polymer instead of copper or copper alloy. Also, while many plated bullets are made of soft lead and can't stand up to powerful pistol loads, our hard lead alloy allows these bullets to hold up under these higher levels of stress. Read more About Coated Bullets
Q: What are the advantages of Hi-Tek coated bullets?
A: There several disadvantages to plain hard cast lead bullets, as well as plated and jacketed bullets.
- Plain, lubricated hard cast lead bullets, while inexpensive and capable of exceptional accuracy, can leave lead fouling in your gun's bore, and can cause even more fouling and poor performance if they are loaded to higher velocities. The lead and lubricant use can also cause excessive smoking while shooting, particularly with hot/fast burning powders and rapid fire.
- Plated and Jacketed bullets can perform well at both lower and higher velocities, but can be expensive and also wear out your bore faster than softer metal projectiles.
- Hi-Tek coated bullets combine several of the advantages of hard cast lead and jacketed bullets. They smoke less, are inexpensive, are more accurate, and won't lead your barrels even in hot pistol loads.
Q: Do you offer sample packs?
A: Unfortunately we do not offer sample packs any more.
Q: Do the bullets smoke when being fired?
A: No. You will notice a dramatic reduction in smoke compared to standard lubed bullets as there is no wax used in the making of this bullet. The Hi-Tek is the lubricant. Please Note: You may still experience some smoke when shooting these as this comes from the powder you may be using. Some powders smoke more than others.
Q: How fast can these bullets be fired?
A: The maximum recommended speed is 2,400 feet per second (f.p.s.). They can safely be pushed up to 2,700 f.p.s., although the amount of smoke during firing increases significantly at those speeds, however the coating will still protect the bore from leading.
Q: Is the diameter of the bullet measured before or after coating?
A: The sizing diameter always includes the coating, bullets are not sized until they have been coated.
Q: Does the Hi-Tek Coating add size to the bullet?
A: NO. The bullets are sized AFTER the Hi-Tek Coating is applied so you end up with a properly sized bullet.
Q: Can I shoot these through a Glock (polygonal rifled barrel)?
A: Yes, the coating on these bullets allows them to perform just like a plated or jacketed bullet, they will fire accurately and cleanly through polygonal rifled barrels such as those found on Glocks.
Q: Will there be any residue of the Hi-Tek coating in my barrel after shooting?
A: No not at all. In fact it is much cleaner than copper plated bullets and it will not leave any residue behind in the barrel. The only residue that you will find in the barrel is from the burned powder.
Q: Do I need a gas check with our bullets?
A: No. The Hi-Tek coating is very durable and can withstand high pressures without compromising performance.
Q: Don't hard cast bullets need to be lubricated?
A: The Hi-Tek coating is self-lubricating and prevents lead from ever coming into direct contact with the bore. The Hi-Tek also will never leave residue or streaking in the bore. Many shooters have commented that their bores are cleaner after shooting our bullets.
Q: I want to run these bullets in my open gun, will they work?
A: Yes, our Hi-Tek coated bullets work great with major power factor and do not leave residue in compensators or muzzle brakes. You also need not worry about smoke obstructing your vision during rapid fire.
Q: How should I load Hi-Tek coated bullets?
- Work up loads based on data for hard cast lead or plated bullets of the same weight.
- Always gauge or test chamber your cartridges to ensure proper C.O.L. Some of our bullets are shorter than typical lead or plated bullets, and use a shorter C.O.L as a result.
- Use of 'Factory Crimp' dies is discouraged, but careful testing can yield successful results.
- A light taper crimp is the preferred method for crimping, if the body or base of the bullet is squished by too much crimping the result may be poor accuracy and/or keyhole issues.
- Flair the case mouths enough that the Hi-Tek coating is not being shaved off during bullet seating, this is crucial in preventing leading.
- Unlike regular hard cast lead bullets, fast burning powders such as Titegroup, S121, MS200 will work exceptionally well with Hi-Tek Coated bullets.
- As always, start light and work up to more powerful loads.
- Read more at Reloading Data
Q: Is it safe to shoot steel targets with Hi-Tek coated bullets?
A: Yes, these bullets will deform and splatter just like regular hard cast lead bullets when shooting steel plates. In fact, our supercoated bullets are even safer than copper jacketed or plated bullets when shooting steel, since the bullets splatter into smaller pieces instead of sharp jacket fragments. Always wear eye and ear protection and follow all safety precautions for shooting steel.
Q: Can the Hi-Tek coated bullets be used in an Indoor Range?
A: We say YES as there is no exposed lead. Check with your local range to verify. They would have the final say.
Q: Does Bullet Corp sell to wholesalers?
Q: Do you sell loaded ammo?
A: NO. We only sell the projectile.
Q: Can my sample pack include multiple colours?
A: Unfortunately no.
Q: What coating is used for Bullet Corp coated bullets?
A: The coating we use is called Hi-Tek coating made by J&M Specialty Products P/L in Australia. This coating has been used Down Under for some 20 years, but has only been used in the U.S. for a couple of years and now in South Africa. Read About our Bullets
Q: How is the Hi-Tek coating applied?
A: After the bullets are cast we apply a coat of Hi-Tek Supercoat to the bullets and then bake them in a commercial oven at 200 degrees. After they cool we apply a SECOND coat. Read more at Coating Instructions