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Thread: Which brass is best?

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    Which brass is best?

    I'm just starting up on the reloading front,
    have been saving .243 brass for years.

    I have sako, federal, Norma, Hornardy, geco and priv, brass
    which brass will give the best results?

    which will last the longest, how many loads will I expect?

    Thanks
    Pete

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    I found Norma to be the best when loading for .243

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    Quote Originally Posted by North Cornwall Deer View Post
    I'm just starting up on the reloading front,
    have been saving .243 brass for years.

    I have sako, federal, Norma, Hornardy, geco and priv, brass
    which brass will give the best results?

    which will last the longest, how many loads will I expect?

    Thanks
    Pete
    theres no real set answer for this but it will really depend how you look after your brass and what loads you are using. I try to limit my brass to 10 reloads now as I load middle of the road sedate loads in most calibers I am loading in, but make sure you are thoroughly inspecting your brass before each load and if unsure have a look in loading manuals and the web for brass inspection criteria.

    regards,
    Gixer

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    mmm No state answer , only my opinion but try a few and ''stick '' to which ever combination of case power and Bullet produces the best results for the rifle you are using , their,s no short cuts , when comes to rifles you will know what they like when all your rounds end up on the target holding hands, trial and error welcome to the Head scratching Brigade

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    I load for primarily for accuracy, however find my most accurate loads are also some of the hottest.
    I have tried a number of different cases but found Norma 'match' to be in a different league.

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    I've found hornady to be rubbish to reload, the primer pockets seem to have a crimp of sorts which makes seating new primers really awkward, fortunately I don't have many so it's not the end of the world!
    I find federal and norma good, but that's all I have had experience of.......
    Opinions are like arseholes....... we all have them, and most of them stink

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    I find federal brass good, dosen't stretch very much if any after firing. Mine must be onto its 10th reloading. I have only found one cracked case and have had no issues with slack primer pockets

    Al

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    I get about 10 firings when using H414 and magnum primers, primer pockets just starting to slacken so now discarding; no problems around the neck after annealing a couple of times.
    Quote Originally Posted by Ranger22 View Post
    I find federal brass good, dosen't stretch very much if any after firing. Mine must be onto its 10th reloading. I have only found one cracked case and have had no issues with slack primer pockets

    Al
    Remington 700 VLS .223rem, ASE Utra SL5, Timney Calvin Elite Trigger
    Sako 75 Stainless Synthetic .308win, Wildcat Mod.
    Howa M-1500 .243win Wildcat Mod, Timney Trigger, Bell and Carlson Stock
    6.5x47Lapua, Valkyrie Valhalla.
    Ruger 10/22 Stainless .22lr, Sako Mod, Hogue Stock

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    For stalking i would use cheap as pos as it always seams to bugger off in the grass or fall from the high seat and as i'am watching the deer ,i can't see at what point it has landed and it only needs to go bang once!!! range if you wish to Norma or Lapua keep an eye out on the site i got a shed load of once fired Norma once cheaper than shop win brass.
    Geco is very good (RWS )
    Norma is very good my choice for .243
    Lapua " "
    Win "
    priv not used it

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    I would recommend that before reloading for the first time, you buy a primer pocket uniforming tool. I have been obtaining various brands of range brass & own fired brass and there appears to be no uniform depth that manufacturers apply when designing their cases. Once this has been completed you will get a consistent seating depth for your primer thus avoiding crushed primers.


    The brass which i have worked on the pocket areas are as follows:


    S&B, lots of turning required very shallow and fairly hard brass prepare for blisters

    Privi, requires turning but less than above,

    Norma, requires a fair amount of turning but was easy due to softer brass, brass flows to neck requires frequent trimming,

    Lapua, little or no turning of primer pocket, good lifespan,

    Hornady, little or no turning required,

    Federal, requires turning, necks can split early,

    Winchester, little or no turning but remnants of crimp at neck,

    RP, little turning & softer brass,

    Federal, minimal turning, necks can split early anneal to maximise lifespan.

    Geco, requires turning.


    Hope this helps in some way to making your decision which brass is best to start with...
    Remington 700 VLS .223rem, ASE Utra SL5, Timney Calvin Elite Trigger
    Sako 75 Stainless Synthetic .308win, Wildcat Mod.
    Howa M-1500 .243win Wildcat Mod, Timney Trigger, Bell and Carlson Stock
    6.5x47Lapua, Valkyrie Valhalla.
    Ruger 10/22 Stainless .22lr, Sako Mod, Hogue Stock

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