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Old 01-25-2014, 02:40 PM   #1
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Default Factory Brass vs. “premium brass”

You guys have me entertaining reloading...

Visiting with a buddy at work (too scared to use the word “partner” any longer) – he reloads and says to buy and use premium brasses rather than the thin factory brass. Any thoughts on that?
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Old 01-25-2014, 06:27 PM   #2
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My thought is boloney. Just use factory brass.
Though I have to admit about 120 years ago or so they had heavy cartridge cases called 'everlast' or something but they never gained much popularity.
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You have to be careful with the brass you use for reloading. Check brass with a magnet before buying any quantity of it. I have found "brass" shell casings that are rusting on my property.
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You guys have me entertaining reloading...

Visiting with a buddy at work (too scared to use the word “partner” any longer) – he reloads and says to buy and use premium brasses rather than the thin factory brass. Any thoughts on that?
Unless your shooting Benchrest competition,or just want to spend a lot of extra $$,there's really no reason to use "premium" brass like Lapua,unless they are the only mfg of the caliber you shoot.
I personally don't care for Remington brass,I've always had problem with the necks splitting after a couple firings in several calibers.
Hornady brass also has problems with the primer holes expanding prematurely on certain calibers,especially with their 6.5 Creedmoor brass.

I've always prefered to use Winchester,Federal,Starline,and Lake City brass for most of the calibers I shoot,but I do like Nosler brass also,but it is a premium quality brass.
If you set your dies up correctly,keep your brass trimmed,anneal,and don't push maximum charged loads,most brass will last for 10 loading's or more before it has run out of a useful life.
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Premium brass like Lapua and Nosler is nice. IMHO NOT worth the extra money. Process the brass properly and sort by weight and it will give stellar performance.

The only real advantage to "premium" brass is it has drilled flash holes that leave no burr in the case. The burr is easily removed. High dollar brass will fail at abot the same rate as "run of the mill" brass from Remington, WInchester, Federal or Hornady
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I am very particular about my brass. I only use the free stuff I find on the ground at the range.
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I'm fond of free ground brass as well. Free is good. Not a fan of remington lots of out of round primer holes. Not a fan of hornady they often cut the necks much shorter than spec. Everything else good to go.

Brass doesn't rust it tarnishes. Long as there is no pitting it will cleanup.and shoot. Some calibers do have steel or aluminum cases but those are obvious.
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I like Mil-surp. brass the best.
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You guys have me entertaining reloading...

Visiting with a buddy at work (too scared to use the word “partner” any longer) – he reloads and says to buy and use premium brasses rather than the thin factory brass. Any thoughts on that?
For what?

For handgun use, it's irrelevant.
For 99% of rifle use it's also irrelevant.
For high end match use, I can see the potential desire. I suppose if you can measure the difference, it matters.
Sorting by headstamp is my concession on this issue. For handgun use, I doubt it matters, but it makes me feel better.
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IME, proper inspection and cleaning of brass,

prior to reloading, trumps origin or "quality"

of brass. When possible, I try to keep brass in

it's original boxes, after firing.

When that's not doable, I segregate

by brand and overall condition.
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