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Raineer bullets plated?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Gonzofam, Feb 24, 2012.

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  1. Gonzofam

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    I have been reloading nosler comp 45 acp with great results. I wanted to save some cash so i got 500 Raineer hp 185 in 45acp. I have not read about these other than the siye sais start 10 percent above low point of a powder charge and yry to stay in the middle. Do you guys have some opinions about plated bullets? These will be my plinkers but i still want best accuracy possible. Thanks Highroad admin and all the reloaders for their help here. I really appreciate being a member here.
     
  2. PapaGeno21

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    Yes they are plated. You use lead data, maybe starting in the middle of the lead data for them.

    I personally use Xtreme bullets, they are plated as well but have a very thick plating and can use jacketed data. I do not know the FPS limit of the Rainer bullets. I do know that with the Xtremes I am getting groupings under 1/2" at 25 feet with all of their bullets. For me that is more than enough.

    Check out www.xtremebullets.com for their pricing. You may end up liking their pricing more than Rainier, and they can be pushed harder.

    Just my opinion though.
     
  3. Gonzofam

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    VERRY NICE PRICES! Those are great prices. I need 40 and 9. Cheers.
     
  4. ArchAngelCD

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    A few years ago plated bullets were cheaper than jacketed bullets and worth buying. These days plated bullet are almost the same price as jacketed bullets so there's really no reason to buy them IMO. I buy mostly lead bullets for plinking because of the price and because they are accurate. When I want something other than lead I buy Nosler Bulk Packs of jacketed bullets. (250 rounds, not a lot of money)
     
  5. PapaGeno21

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    There are only a few people who sell jacketed bullets near the price of the plated listed above. That would be Precision Delta, and they are great bullets (I am currently using up the last of my 9mm from them). I personally like the fact that when loading the plated bullets that I am not touching lead at all.

    I just made the switch from jacketed to plated, and am extremely happy. I just got another order of 1500 bullets from Xtreme yesterday, and will be placing another order in a week or so.
     
  6. hogrdr

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    i use the 180's in a 10mm. loaded to lead data. happy with them.
     
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    I use a lot of Rainier and Berry's plated bullets. When you buy in small lots, plated is still cheaper.
    With plated bullets I use load data for jacketed bullets and stay 10% below the max charge.
     
  8. Loic

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    I reloaded 3k of the rainers bullet (2k in 9mm and 1k in 38spl) they work great, no problems. For the 9mm I stayed on the low end for the powder and for the 38spl I'm mid way on the load. I can hit my metal target at 50 yards (8 X9) every time. Good enough for me.
    I just received bullet from berry for my 9mm, they're the 124 gr hollow base one but I haven't reload those yet.

    Sent from my EVO 3D using Tapatalk
     
  9. Gonzofam

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    Angel i have loaded lots of the nosler custom comp. Great bullets i get for 60 for the 250pack. I just wanted the plinkorific bullets. Goood accuracy and not so expensive i dont want to shoot them. The Noslers i have worked a load for my 45 acp are not worth just blasting. Its hard to waste that accuracy on a piece of paper.
     
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    What kind of gun are you shooting?
     
  11. Gonzofam

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    Taurus oss ds and new Springfield xdm 5.25
     
  12. GLOOB

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    The only caveat with plated bullets is you need a good seater plug fit, especially for the FP's. Otherwise your bullets get squished and the OALs go all over the map. And don't use an FCD. If you prefer to use a tight crimp and/or an FCD, then plated might not be worth it to you.

    I start with jacketed starting data and stop when they work how I want 'em.
     
  13. J_McLeod

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    I bought a case of Rainier factory seconds a year ago and didn't like them. They were .354 for the 9mm. I had a hard time finding the right load for them and never felt great about it. 4.7gr 231 with 124gr. It could have been that they were seconds, but I won't buy plated bullets again except in a very small quantity. Since they are so close in price to Montana Gold or Precision Delta I just buy jacketed.
     
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    I've used 147grTP and 124grHP Rainiers ,they shot as good as the other plated and most of the jacketed.They seemed rather soft compared to Berrys, when seating the bullets, I never had any indent from the seater plug on the Berrys, but I always had a slight mark on the Rainiers that you could feel indented.They shot good but I figured they were pretty soft so I didn't load them as hot as I do with Berrys(which is almost full jacketed loads).
     
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    I usually get the Nosler Bulk Pack at Cabela's and for less than $60. Cabela's has 158gr 38/357 bullets for under $40. I will have to agree they are too accurate for killing paper though. I rarely use them for target practice. i stick with lead bullets for paper and cans. I have to say, getting 250 45 Auto bullets for $60 sounds like a good deal too...
     
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