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    Default Ranier shutting down

    They may consider offers to buy it
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    Default Re: Ranier shutting down

    Teasing is not nice... More info would be!
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    Default Re: Ranier shutting down

    "We are sorry to inform you at this time, that due to the volatile and uncertain future of the ammunition and reloading industry, we have elected to close the business..."
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    Default Re: Ranier shutting down

    This is why I don't reload.
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    Default Re: Ranier shutting down

    There are tons of places to buy bullets. You can also cast them yourself if you want. It was probably due to too much competition.

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    Default Re: Ranier shutting down

    Wow. This is why I make my own. Doesn't hurt that I own the company either.
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    Default Re: Ranier shutting down

    I wonder how much of their problems are because they are in Washington state?
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    Default Re: Ranier shutting down

    "We can no longer afford to weather the storm." ---Directly from their statement on their website.

    My guess is that they, like any small family business, are experiencing pressure from competitors. They have a fixed overhead they need to meet just to open the doors. I can only assume they have financing arrangements with local banks, and those banks may be looking at the business as a higher risk with bullets being a given profit margin and much competition.

    There will always be those who say the banks as institutions are afraid to be in a lending position with a bullet maker. But banks will always take a deal where their risk is low and the chance to make money is high. If Ranier is thinly capitalized the banks may simply not renew loans as the risk of loss is too high.

    MHO

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    Default Re: Ranier shutting down

    Quote Originally Posted by DucatiRon View Post
    Wow. This is why I make my own. Doesn't hurt that I own the company either.
    The next best thing to "making your own" is getting them from someone that sells a good product. I just got a case of 147 gr. RN sized to 0.358" for use in .38 Special from an outfit named Steel Valley Casting. I checked samples for weight and found an average weight of 145.2 grs (good) and diameter was right on at 0.358". For them that's interested using data for Hornady's 140 gr (cast lead "Cowboy" bullet gives the best results. 6.0 gr. of Silhouette averaged 901.5 fps and 5.6 grs of CFE - P averaged 893..3 fps. Both exceed the "old" IDPA 125,000 power factor. BTW the lighter bullet won't wear on arthritic hands much either!

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    Default Re: Ranier shutting down

    OSHA regs for working with and around lead-based products , especially molten lead are getting restrictive , and expensive.

    Perhaps not unreasonable , given the health risks involved.
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