rtp Posted February 10, 2014 Share Posted February 10, 2014 (edited) I've been buying Montana Gold 124gr JHPs, and currently am fairly well stocked with 1.5 cases on hand yet..but as you know, MG and most others have raised prices. MG is under my 'threshold' of 10c/rd, but have been considering alternatives. You'd have to be goofy to buy MGs at their 1k pricing, but case pricing makes them ~9.8c each shipped (124gr JHP). Precision Delta has raised their prices, as well. The last hike they were at $98/k shipped, or 9.8c each, now raised again to $120/k, needing to buy 6k to get to 9.8c/rd, or 10,000 to get to 9.6c/rd. More or less MG prices buy need to buy 6k instead of cases of 3750 at a time..or more. Most claim it's a very good bullet, along with MGs and Zeros. Zeros are ~11c/each via Roze Distributing, and still 10c+/each from PV (plus shipping); I know there's at least one way to get a better price on them in bulk (someone feel free to enlighten me/us on this one?), but they've been unobtanium for so long that I'm not seeing a benefit vs MGs, which are more readily available, IMO. Berry's and Rainier I pretty much ignore, as prices I've seen consistently are in the 9.x cents each range. Not worth .5c or less in savings to me vs MGs. (added) Berry's can be had for ~7.9c (+shipping) in 124gr variants from PV. L3324 mentioned buying 3k at a time gets flat rate shipping cost, so ~8.3c/rd shipped - not so bad. Xtremes are supposed to be quite thickly plated, closer to Speer TMJs at 10-15 thousandths of plating. Buying 1k at a time, their 124gr plated HPs run 9.75c/rd, which puts them out of consideration, but they also regularly run 10% off coupons, and their 124gr RNs are only 8.6c/rd pre-sale. I've got them on my 'buy some list' when they run 10% off or higher discounts. These are shipped prices. With 10% off, 124gr plated HP runs 8.75c/rd shipped, 124gr RNs 7.75c/rd shipped. RMR, whom I believe sells the same exact bullets as Xtreme, sometimes has seconds at a good deal, or ~8.5c/ea shipped in 3k quantities for RN to 9.x c/each for 3k or so 124gr HPs.. Seconds are in the ~7.5c/rd range in 1k qty for 124gr plated RN, further discounts in various larger quantities. Then we're into coated, Bayou, SNS and others (blue bullet) using AFAIK the same Hi-Tek coating from Australia, with a pretty good drop down to ~7c/each or so for 124gr RNs. Bayou includes shipping on cases, so ~7.2c/rd shipped for a case of 124gr coated RNs, but no online ordering. SNS seems to use flat rate of a sort..1-2k runs ~$8 shipping, 3-4k $15, 5-6k $30 shipping (ouch) etc...so 3k would run 7.3c/rd shipped. Not positive if it's flat rate across US, or changes based on location or not. BBI for 125gr plated (same Hi-Tek coating as Bayou) runs 8.2c each shipped in 1k lot, or 7c each shipped by the case (3500). Case price isn't bad at all. Lead, by comparison, is running ~6.5c/each or so, not worth the savings to me vs less smoke, leading, shooting indoors on occasion, etc. I know everyone's got their own favorites out there, some for good reason, some because it's what they've been buying and decide to stick with, but with a pretty decent range of prices while most have increased, I'm considering jumping on the next Xtreme sale instead of another case of MGs, or giving the Bayou, SNS, or Blue Bullets a 'shot.' Any other decent bang for buck/bullet combos I may be missing, or any reason to really stay away from the Xtreme/RMRs or Bayou/SNS/Blue/Hi-Tek coated bullets from a reputable company? In my case, this is for 9mm minor, current loads are ~130-135PF, ~1100FPS. I'm not a bullseye shooter, so while I'm quite happy with MGs, once I'm seeing ~30% less, I've got to say I'm considering making a change... Edited February 11, 2014 by rtp Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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