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Old August 28, 2000, 10:58 AM   #1
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Has anyone tried Rainier bullets.? I bought
100 9x18 trying to find a load I like and
found the bullets varied in size height from
.414 to .427 found this out when i noticed
they all seated at different oal. Just wondered if this was normal for Rainier.?
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Old August 28, 2000, 12:07 PM   #2
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Hello. I've used Rainiers in 9mm, .38, .44, and .45, but have not noted the variations you mention! I have noted that in 9mm, they do better with slower powders. Best.
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Old August 28, 2000, 03:41 PM   #3
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Years ago I tried Ranier's plated bullets and found them to be poor performers. They looked like the surface of the moon, and were apparently so soft that even light crimping would deform the bullets enough to cause serious accuracy problems.

However, for the last couple of years I've been using Ranier's "Restrike" bullets and find them to be every bit as good as the best jacketed and plated bullets, at a better price. Apparently, they worked out whatever bugs were in the earlier incarnations.

While I generally prefer cast lead bullets for handgun reloading, for those applications where I need or want a jacketed bullet I buy Ranier.
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Old August 28, 2000, 08:46 PM   #4
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Somebody on another board sectioned a few different brands of plated bullets and found that West Coast plated bullets had much heavier plating than do Rainier bullets. West Coast bullets can be used at higher velocities than can Rainiers.

I use West Coast bullets almost exclusively for loading .400 Cor-Bon and .45 ACP rounds.
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Old August 28, 2000, 11:14 PM   #5
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Rainier bullets are pretty soft and easy to deform. I've been using them for 9mm, 10mm and .45 and haven't had any real complaints.

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Old August 30, 2000, 07:13 AM   #6
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Loaded multiple thousands of Rainiers in .355", .357", .400", .429", .452". Very accurate when loaded correctly.

"All my ammo is factory ammo"

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