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Old 02-16-2013, 09:50 PM
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I'm finding very little loading data on these Rainier 40 cal 135 grain plated bullets with AA#5 powder.

I cant find any OAL info on these bullets. Does anyone know what the recommended OAL is for this bullet?

I'm going to start at 6.9 grains of #5, this should be low to middle of the road to start based on the data I've collected so far.
I really don't understand why bullet manufacturers don't test fire all there bullets with all the available powders.

I loaded a few dummy rounds at 1.145" and they chamber fine.

I'm loading these for my wife to fire in her 23c. All I want is for them to cycle the slide ok. Rainier wants the velocity no higher than 1200 fps.

With the compensated barrel on her 23c I guess its a **** shoot weather 6.9 grains is enough to reliably cycle the slide.
I'm guessing the velocity will be about 1000-1100 fps.

If anyone has any experience with these little 135 grain bullets feel free to chime in.

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Old 02-16-2013, 11:54 PM
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Accurate has a downloadable PDF with some Ranier data. It did not list the 135 grain, but did list the 155 grain bullet. COL was 1.125 for that, which was the same as all their listed loads for AA5. I would use their data for the 140 grain lead bullet at 7.2-8 grains of AA5 with that Ranier bullet.
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I recently loaded some 135g JHP from Berry with 6.0g of Bullseye. They shot fine with no sign of high pressure in my full size Witness but they were noticably "snappy", as you would expect I guess... did not shoot enough to determine accuracy.
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Accurate has a downloadable PDF with some Ranier data. It did not list the 135 grain, but did list the 155 grain bullet. COL was 1.125 for that, which was the same as all their listed loads for AA5. I would use their data for the 140 grain lead bullet at 7.2-8 grains of AA5 with that Ranier bullet.
Thanks..... yea thats how i kinda deduced the 6.9... I'll load a few at 7 and 7.5 and 8 and see what the velocities are threw her 23c and then see what they are threw my Astra a75. I think the plastic gun will be slightly lower.
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Old 02-17-2013, 12:33 AM
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I recently loaded some 135g JHP from Berry with 6.0g of Bullseye. They shot fine with no sign of high pressure in my full size Witness but they were noticably "snappy", as you would expect I guess... did not shoot enough to determine accuracy.

Were they plated hollow point?

I used to use Bullseye all the time for 40 and 45 but once I tried AA#5 and saw how much cleaner it is than Bullseye I stopped using it.
I find that all the Alliant powders are dirty dirty dirty.

I'm going to try some ar-comp thou and see how it works. I have several thousand of the 62 grain penetrating bullets to load up. I'm going to try the AA 2230 as well.

Thanks for the info
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Jim, did you ever find the lad you wanted? I've been told that the 135 grain bullets aren't very accuarte in the 40 S&W, but I was hoping you found them OK. Midway has them in stock and the 135 gran ones are a good bit cheaper than the heavier ones. I'm all about being frugal!
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