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Lead bullets through a suppressor.

Discussion in 'Ammo & Reloading' started by beastep, Feb 10, 2018.

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    I was talking to a friend the other day that casts and shoots a lot of lead bullets. And I mean a lot. He brought up the fact that some lead bullets tend to grow after they leave the muzzle due to centrifugal force of spinning. I dont shoot lead through rifles yet so I havent ever given it any thought. He was concerned about having a strike if the bullet swelled too much. What do you guys think?
     
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    I'm watching this thread. I've shot 45 ACP lead bullets through a suppressor and had no problems.
     
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    .22lr is the only lead bullet I shoot through my suppressors. 9mm and. 223 are always copper jacket.
     
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    I shoot a lot of 22 thru my 556 can and of course 556 but the question came up about shooting heavy lead cast bullets out of a blackout through a 30 cal can.
     
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    No way would I shoot cast or unjacketed thru a centerfire can. That’s nuts
     
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    Why not?
     
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    Because lead can seperate and fragment as it leaves the barrel.
    Have you ever seen a .22 can after a bunch of rounds? There are chunks of lead that will drop out as you take it apart.

    You may shoot thousands of rounds of lead through your new suppressor without a single problem...... you may not.
    Are you willing to risk it on something that took you 9 months to get and an extra $200 BS tax?
    I'm not.
     
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    Ive shot countless thousands of 22 LR through my 556 can and have never had any lead inside the can. Plenty of carbon chunks but never any lead. I take mine apart pretty regularly and clean it. Maybe since its usually through a 4" pistol is why. I dont know.

    Im not really worried about shooting lead through the can I just ordered since its good up to 338. It was just a conversation I had with a friend and was wondering about the validity of lead swelling.
     
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    It's your can, so do as you please.
    I just wouldn't take the risk myself for a few bucks difference in the type of ammo I shoot.

    Let's say worst case happens and the suppressor takes damage including the outer tube which holds the serial number.
    Well, if that serial number part is damaged, they can't just slap a new one on and send it back. They have to put on a new serial numbered tube and then you have to do the entire form 4 process all over again and wait another 6-9 months plus another $200 tax stamp to get a repaired suppressor back.
     
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    ^^^^^^ that's the correct answer.
     

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