This is a discussion on Speer Gold Dot in non-nickel plated brass? within the Defensive Ammunition & Ballistics forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by Fisher10 I purchased a box of (re-packaged?) 124gr Speer Gold Dots about a year ago. They are supposed to be standard pressure ...
Last edited by Fisher10; August 12th, 2012 at 02:50 AM.
A General FYI Regarding Bright Nickel Plated Cartridge Cases
There is some advantage to having Nickel plated cartridge cases for semi-automatic handguns.
Of course not absolutely necessary but, bright Nickel plated cases are a definite worthwhile improvement.
Here are the reasons why.
Nickel has a greater hardness than brass.
It does add a small degree of strength to brass cartridge cases.
Nickel has much greater natural lubricity than brass so stacked cases in the magazine will slip over one another easier with less friction during the feed cycle.
Additionally Nickel is more tarnish resistant...and as un-plated brass cartridge cases age the tarnish produces more friction than new brass during the feed cycle.
For sure all of the above is not critical in a properly functioning semi-automatic but, the Nickel does slick up things in general a bit.
So if you do have a choice as to carrying self-defense ammo that is Nickel plated as VS just un-plated brass & (all other things being equal) choose the Nickel.
And where you will really see some true advantage of bright Nickel plated cartridge cases is in larger capacity handgun magazines and rifle mags of 20+ or 30 round capacity where magazine spring pressure is greatest in a fully stoked magazine.
The top cartridges in the magazine will absolutely feed better/smoother if they are bright Nickel.
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I completely agree QKShooter.
While I don't think it's absolutely critical that SD ammo has nickle plated cases, I won't buy any premium defense ammo (unless it's cheap) unless it has nickle plated casings. The SD rounds w/o nickle plating go into my practice/"rainy day"/SHTF stash. If I have the choice, I only carry rounds that have nickle plated casings. Why Buffalo Bore, Cor-Bon, Underwood and other companies (Double Tap being an exception for many calibers) load nice, hot rounds with premium bullets that usually cost a lot but don't offer nickle plated casings? I have no idea... I'm sure it isn't the fraction of a cent per round that nickle plated casings would cost. It's kind of a deal breaker for me and I'm sure I'm not the only one who feels that way.