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Rainier price increase at Midway

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by jlficken, Jan 2, 2008.

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  1. jlficken

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    I'm glad I bought last week as now instead of 2K .451 230gr RN being $200.99they are $269.99. Taking into account that they no longer are giving a discount for being a dealer it is a $101 price increase. Basically Rainier/Midway just priced themselves out of my business on those bullets. The only reason to buy them is the savings over jacketed bullets but now they are within a few dollars of eachother which is really confusing since it has to cost lest to make plated bullets than jacketed. It just irritates me to no end that they went up 50% in pricing. I know that prices go up but 50% is insane!!

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  2. Roccobro

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    I guess I won't be buying any Rainier this year after all. :(

    Justin
     
  3. Kimber1911_06238

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    you can always buy berry's bullets online. they are cheaper than rainier from midway
     
  4. The-Fly

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    Plated bullets in the past year are a ripoff. I've found that "zero" brand FMJ's from powder valley are a lot cheaper.
     
  5. Crimp

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    I quit buying both Berry's and Rainiers this past year because of rediculous price increases which brought them almost to the cost of jacketed bullets.

    Now, I look for the best deals on jacketed bullets and am considering hard-cast in all calibers.
     
  6. snuffy

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    Take a look at the X-treme bullet line at this link;

    http://www.xtremebullets.com/plated.htm

    The same 2K 230 RN .452 bullets would be $252.00 INCLUDING freight.

    This is the former west coast bullet company, who has always claimed to make the thickest plated bullet of the 3 that are currently popular. I've been using them for several years, with excellent results.
     
  7. dpart77

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    Since when did midway stop their dealer pricing? I just got an email from them requesting my C&R rewnal.
     
  8. gandog56

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    I've been using moly coated bullets because the were already way cheaper than copper plated. Too bad Bear Creek and MB went out of business. Well, I still have Precision Bullet.
     
  9. jlficken

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    They didn't stop the dealer pricing persee they just aren't giving it on most of the bullets anymore from what I can ascertain by lots of searching. It seems that they are just giving it willy-nilly on whathever they feel like at the moment. I dunno but I don't like it.
     
  10. strat81

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    jlficken, you depress me. :)
     
  11. jlficken

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    How bad is shipping on "Zero" brand bullets since they can't manage to do a shipping calculator and just say "Shipping will be calculated and added to order." which makes me nervous.
     
  12. jlficken

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    Sorry strat81, I depress myself sometimes too :)

    I am thinking Berry's, Zero Bullets, or X-Treme Bullets are now going to be my option.
     
  13. asknight

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    I won't be buying anything reloading related soon as I stocked a little of what I use most before the price hikes hit hard, but I've had excellent service and consistency from the Zero true FMJ bullets.

    If you can get jacketed for the price of plated, no need to question the intelligence in that move...

    Edited to add: I just checked my link to Powder Valley on the Zero bullets but they're showing to be out of stock on the 230gr RN @ $199/2000 but do have the 230gr JHP for $210/2000. They even have Winchester 230gr FMJ for $240/2000.
     
  14. Walkalong

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    Ranier priced themselves out of buisness a year ago as far as I am concerned. They got to where I could get jacketed for the same or better. Berry's were still much cheaper and Zero's were competitive as well.
     
  15. RustyFN

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    I have also stopped using plated bullets and started using Zero bullets. I have never bought much from Midway, they never seemed to have any deals when I checked their site. I buy a lot from Powder Valley and Grafs. I check Grafs first because they give a good C&R discount compared to the ten cents Midway would give. If you want a good laugh go the Berry's home page and add something to the cart. It looks like a good price until you see the lead surcharge.
    Rusty
     
  16. Mr.Revolverguy

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    I must be missing something. I was buying a lot of rainier but now i have to rethink that. But rainier has always been cheaper than berry's for me because when you go to cash out berry's add the lead surcharge. Last I looked that lead surcharge made berry's 158gr 257 bullets 26 dollars more than getting them from rainier. What I think has happened is rainier saw what Berrys was doing and have increased their price to match or come in just under. I wish someone would show me how to get berrys cheaper.
     
  17. Mr.Revolverguy

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    I see the lead surcharge for berrys has gone back down. Box of a 1000 357 158gr is 65 bucks with 9 dollar surcharge for total of 74 dollars. Rainier has gone up to 100 dollars from what use to be 72 on this same item. I see and agree the rainiers has priced themselves out of my business. I will look at some of the other links provided in this thread as well.
     
  18. Mr.Revolverguy

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    Wow this puts me in a serious situation. I have a local company that produces lead cast at a very very reasonable rate but you can only buy locally at gun shows. I have used them previously and they were great to shoot I just do not like all the smoke you get from lead for health issue reasons.
     
  19. sublimaze41

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    I just bought 3,000 bullets-----9mm 115 FMJ HB for just a few dollars more per thousand versus Rainiers. I use to shoot 75% Rainier, that has changed for reasons described above.

    I don't cast yet, but I can see myself doing that if the current trend continues.
     
  20. Mr.Revolverguy

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    Clue us all in where did you get such a great deal.
     
  21. dpart77

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    Rainier just lost my business also. Too bad I just finished working up some good loads. Oh well back to the drawing board.
     
  22. Mr.Revolverguy

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    Dpart same here it sucks because my 357 load had guys at the club trying to get me to load for them, they were practically begging. I told them sorry I do not do that and you all know that is a no no anyway :) I will see what the prices are like at the gun show this weekend with my local vendor. See if I can convince them to do business online. But they just do cast though.
     
  23. jlficken

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    Is ther anything special to do at Graf's or do you just call them to get their fax # to send a copy of my C&R? I may start buying more from them since it appears they also offer free shipping on some items.
     
  24. Luggernut

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    I'm kicking myself in the ass since I just bought 2000 230gr .45s for $170 AND I was really thinking of getting more. Too late now. Good God that price increase is just ridiculous!
     
  25. Luggernut

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    MrRevolver- you said that Berrys' surcharge has gone down again? It's still $1.20/lb and it's been that way for a while as far as I can remember. Was it higher?
     
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