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Looking for a good load for Rainier 124 gr. RN...

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by HexHead, Dec 29, 2011.

  1. HexHead


    Jul 16, 2009
    Very difficult finding load data since they are plated bullets. Their website says to use cast bullet data or no higher than mid-range for FMJ rounds. Anyone having any luck with this bullet?
    I'm almost out of TiteGroup so I'm open to other powders. I'm using CCI #500 primers and I'll just be shooting these in my Glocks.
  2. GioaJack

    GioaJack Conifer Jack

    Apr 14, 2009
    Conifer, CO
    FRED, FRED... he said TightGroup, put your New Year's hex on him!

    In the mean time 4.7 to 5 grains of Unique should work nicely. All depends on what you're looking for.


  3. XDRoX


    Jan 24, 2009
    San Diego
    I exclusively shoot 124gr plated bullets.
    For my mid range loads I like 4.8gr of WST.
    A little hotter I load 4.9gr of WSF.

    I've shot a ton of Unique and some Bullseye as well. I have chrono data for most of the loads I shoot. I don't shoot TG because Fred said he'd put me on ignore if I do.
    Last edited: Dec 29, 2011
  4. Chuckc


    Dec 28, 2009
    SW, WA
    I use a load with 4.2 gr. Beye, with a 124 gr plated bullet from the Bullet Works, CCI primer etc. Gets out of the bbl around 1050 fps.
    I have had good consistent performance with this. I've shot thousands of them.
  5. thorn137

    thorn137 Walther

    Jan 8, 2006
    Tallahassee, FL
    I'm a big fan of WSF and HS6 for plated 124s.

  6. shotgunred

    shotgunred local trouble maker

    Mar 1, 2008
    Washington (the state)
    I can't even remember how many K of Rainier I have shot in the last few years. Just don't aim for the top end in pressure and your fine.

    I have used plenty of
    Tight group
    Power Pistol

    They all work fine.
  7. chemcmndr


    Aug 23, 2008
    Beavercreek, OH
    I currently use a 124 gr. plated round nose (Power Bond, Berry's, PD, Rainier, etc. depending on availability) with 4.7 grains of Universal and 1.135" OAL. Runs very well in my Glocks, MP5's, 9mm AR, Sig 228, and HK P7. Ran about 1100 fps from the Glock 17.
  8. 8Ring


    Feb 24, 2004

    I use 4.0 to 4.1gr Titegroup with 124gr Zero FMJ bullets to get around 1,050 fps. Start with 3.8gr Titegroup with your Berry's Bullets and work up from there.

    Other recipes for 124gr plated bullets include around 4.4 to 4.6 gr Universal and around 4.7 to 4.9gr Winchester Super Field

  9. I've been shooting plated bullets (Rainier, Berry's, Bullet Works) for several years in .45ACP with much success. I used the load data for lead bullets without issue. If you are loading for competition, you will want to chrono your loads to verify they meet power factor. Otherwise, start with a median loading guide load and work up or down till you find one that cycles you Glock reliably.

    Started reloading plated bullets in 124gr RN 9mm this year. I use 4.0gr Titegroup averaging 1.153" OAL based on forums research. Haven't chronoed, but they cycle perfectly in my stock 9mm 1911's, which are picky. Also work in my CZ-85 and Glock 34. Once I am out of Titegroup I am going to try Vihtavuori N320. It's supposed to work very well in 9mm.

    Have fun and stay safe.
    Last edited: Dec 30, 2011
  10. HexHead


    Jul 16, 2009
    Dang, the only two guys that mentioned OAL gave it at 1.135 and 1.153. Did somebody transpose numbers?
  11. chemcmndr


    Aug 23, 2008
    Beavercreek, OH
    No, 1.135" OAL for the 124 grain round nose plated bullet. However, the Lee and Lyman Reloading Handbooks I have says that the max OAL for 9mm is 1.169"; so, some others may prefer to load their rounds a little on the longer side.
  12. njl


    Sep 28, 2000
    Some of those loads sound a little hot for a bullet that says to use cast or mid range FMJ data.

    I bet 4.3gr Universal Clays or 4.5gr WST, either one loaded to about 1.140" - 1.150", would easily make minor PF from a full size pistol. Those are loads I use with PD or MG 124gr jacketed bullets for use mostly in a G17...but also in other 9mm Glocks.
  13. freakshow10mm

    freakshow10mm 10mm Advocate