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I am wanting to know if the gold plating(?) on the bullet on S&B ammo builds up in your barrel. The reason I ask is years ago I bought a 1000 rounds of this ammo (not S&B) I had never used before and the plating(?) on the bullet left a horrible build up in my barrel. I scrubbed on that barrel forever trying to get it clean. Since American Eagle 124 grain has pretty well disappeared I was going to try a case of something different. I have used Blazer Brass before and found it to be really dirty. I am leaning towards S&B or Magtech.

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The cleanest 9x19 ammo I have used was Ruag-Ammotec made in Switzerland. The case was brass the bullet was copper-washed iron jacket. I would look to see if Made in Switzerland Norma 124gr slug attracts 馃Р. If so it's probably the same stuff.
The Remington UMC 230gr .45, Perfecta .45fmj and Winchester Metric 9x18 with brass bullet jacket did not seem to leave as much coating inside the barrel as copper-jacketed stuff. The Winchester Metric line 9x18 was made in Czechia, possibly by S&B. People say brass colored is harder, that would make sense.
 

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I've never had a problem with S&B ammo either. That being said I haven't seen it for sale locally in a long time.
 

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Remington Golden Sabre HPs use brass jackets. I've seen a good bit of Fiocchi ammo with brass jackets too. Have some 25rd boxes of Vietnam-era French .45 ACP military ammo with brass jackets. The French had lots of Thompsons.
Brass is an alloy of copper and zinc. Usually 70/30 or 75/25 percents respectively. Copper prices are thru the stratosphere. Zinc not so much.

Just remember the billions of rounds of steel-cased .45 ACP that Evansville-Chrysler churned out during WWL also had copper-plated, steel-jacketed bullets
 

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I have shot it for decades in 9mm and a lot in 380. Recently I have fired a couple boxes in 10mm. All of the S and B stuff is loaded moderately and I have never noticed any copper smears or anything like that. The 10mm is more like a hot 40.

They have loaded that gold bullet for at least 30 years. I have a couple of the little 25 rounds boxes it came in back then. And they still fire 100%. I would have zero concern about it, just soak some Hoppe's in the barrel once in a while and forget about it. IMHO
 

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Different barrels will collect different amounts of fouling whether it is brass or copper. I鈥檝e loaded a bunch of Eastern European .30 Carbine FMJ鈥檚 that have that golden / light brass color and have no complaints!
 

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Agreed that S&B makes some good stuff. Not sure if that gold jacket is actually a real jacket or just plating. We have been seeing a lot of ammo lately labeled as jacketed but is really just plated. I will check it the next time that I go up to the shop SGammo.com has been selling S&B 10 mm ammo at an attractive price recently so I have been stocking up.
 

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S&B Ammo is awesome. I shoot their .45 and 10MM, never a problem, always goes bang.

Their 180gr 10MM is loaded pretty warm, not hot, but pretty warm...nice for range use.

When I need to order more .45 and 10MM...S&B all the way.
 

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Pay now or pay later. Cheap range ammo is a thing of the past. If Americans were smart they would really think about who they vote for. That just isn鈥檛 the case anymore. Each generation gets a little dumber about their politics鈥攁s well as many other things. There are more than 11 million illegals living here now鈥 better believe a lot of them will be voting in our elections.
 

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Agreed that S&B makes some good stuff. Not sure if that gold jacket is actually a real jacket or just plating. We have been seeing a lot of ammo lately labeled as jacketed but is really just plated. I will check it the next time that I go up to the shop SGammo.com has been selling S&B 10 mm ammo at an attractive price recently so I have been stocking up.
I鈥檝e been shooting a lot of yellowish colored .30 Carbine pull downs that I suspect are from S&B. They are actually a FMJ with a very heavy jacket, but again, other than the light color I鈥檓 just guessing, and I鈥檓 not real famaliar with S&B complete product line. They could certainly be offering something with plated bullets, but the Carbine bullets, and the S&B 7.62 NATO I鈥檝e had were heavily jacketed with that peculiar colored jacket material.
 
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