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    Powder Coating Plated Bullets

    I have done some research on powder coating bullets, but most of the information I found was on cast bullets. I found very little information on powder coating plated bullets.

    I recently purchased these bullets:

    https://americanreloading.com/en/30-...mix-500ct.html

    and these powder:

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    Will I be able to mix the bullets with the powder? Will the powder stick? If the powder does stick, will I need to resize the powdered bullets?

    Sorry for all the questions, this is my first time trying to powder coat bullets. I have done as much research as I could, but because I am inexperienced, I couldn't absorb all the information I found. Hopefully I can get a clearer explanation here. Thanks in advance!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rottentofu View Post
    I have done some research on powder coating bullets, but most of the information I found was on cast bullets. I found very little information on powder coating plated bullets.

    I recently purchased these bullets:

    https://americanreloading.com/en/30-...mix-500ct.html

    and these powder:

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    Will I be able to mix the bullets with the powder? Will the powder stick? If the powder does stick, will I need to resize the powdered bullets?

    Sorry for all the questions, this is my first time trying to powder coat bullets. I have done as much research as I could, but because I am inexperienced, I couldn't absorb all the information I found. Hopefully I can get a clearer explanation here. Thanks in advance!
    Why would you need to coat plated bullets?

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    Quote Originally Posted by redford1 View Post
    Why would you need to coat plated bullets?

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    I am new to reloading, so I am curious about everything. Also, color coding my reloads makes it easier for me to distinguish between different batches of reloads, especially for 300 Blackout.

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    Much easier to use colored markers on the neck or the case head
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    I understand there are easier ways color code my reloads, but I am just curious if this type of powder coating could be done.

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    yes it could be .. Lots of items like steel and aluminum are powdercoated .. a copper jacket should be no different ..
    Now as to how it would perform IE will the coating stay on during the travel down the barrel I don't have any idea
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    Just to see how well it would work? Sure. It's your powder, your bullets, your time.
    But if it's just a color code for different loads the Sharpie is easier and faster. As a new reloader I'd hold off until you get settled on which components you like and getting your methods and procedures dialed in.
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    I powder coated some jacketed bullets as a gag gift and it did not bond well at all
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    I have thought about coating plated bullets, just have not tried it yet. I get higher velocity with powder coat compared to cast with a traditional lube. That should translate to even more gains over plated since like jacketed they are not lubed at all.

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    If yours is the same powder as


    you'll find that it is amazing stuff, the best powder I have ever used. I was given this and other colors that cardinal makes and they did not dt worth a darn.

    Here is a simple way to mark cases http://castboolits.gunloads.com/show...iy-case-marker

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    Should work well for werewolves, Grmps.
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    Im not sure the benefit of powder coating plated rounds would be worth it, but your time and money. I use the same method as mentioned previously, multicolored sharpies on the primer. Nail polish would work too I suppose.
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    Please stop coating plated pills. There is really nothing to be gained. It CAN be done and it is still PC, but they are already plated. It is really unnecessary.

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    Look at the triboelectric series Lead is up on the + side and copper is below zero on the minus side, the same side as Polyethylene, PVC and other polymers. That means you'll have a hard time getting powder coat to stick using simple "contact and release" static electricity (shaking). When copper and powder coat powder are charged up, they will repel each other.

    As the others say, your time, your money. Come back and let us know how it worked out.

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