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    Default Brass & Money

    Hi there;
    I am just about ready to buy some brass...but got to looking at all the threads and now wonder what to buy. There's been a few discussions, but nobody really hit the subject hard.
    In my 300 Win Mg, I have stuck to WW
    In the 454 I have the FAA stuff, no longer in production.
    Brass prices are all over the place! 300 WM anywhere from 50 cents to $1.25
    Is Starline better, or just cheaper? Are the Lapua and exotics really any better? Too much to pick from. Money is not a big consideration,but it is if I am just buying a label
    Thanks,
    Mark

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    Default Starline brass is good

    I have been using Starline brass regularly for straight walled cartridges and like their quality, but be sure and trim them for consistent crimping when new. Personally, I like Winchester or Federal brass for bottle-necked cases.

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    I will work up a hunting load with one brand of matching brass. I will also have target practice loads that will be mix and match brass. I bought some winchester brass at great guns? on Muldoon road for 40 cents a piece. They may have some WW brass for the 300 win also.

    My 454 casull brass is all mix and match. My hunting load is a 340 at 1350FPS and is not near max so I dont have any problems mixing the brass.

    When I load for my 41 mag I work up the loads in all the different kind of cases I have and use a load that will work with them all.
    "You have given out too much reputation in the last 24 hours, try again later".

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    Ok, pretty much my attitude thus far. In the Casull, whatever brass mix n match. ( I only have a small stockpile, the ony mixing is how many times fired )
    But the 300 I am working on I want to push to my limits. A stated I had settled upon WW years ago and probably looked into it and had a reason. I think it is Tom who said they have the least capacity....meaning more brass, higher pressures and sheer strength. Also I will reload the stuff as many times as it can stand it.

    PS I need to make a chamber cast,should I use lead? Pour it? Epoxy? Is there something...a plastic I can melt in there without too much shrinkage?

    Thanks again,
    Mark

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    What does a chamber casting have to do with brass? And do you mean for your 300?? Or the pistol calibers?? Just curious.

    I use Winchester brass almost exclusively. I have used Remington some for pistols but won't use it any more for magnum (belted) rifles. I had a 375 H& break right off just below the shoulder and stay in my NEW RIFLE back around 2000, so I decided to use WW til R-P proved itself to me again. That wasn't too much fun.

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    Default Chamber Cast

    Yeah, well.... bit off subject. But I recently sent back a custom ordered 300 Win Mag, I made some cursory measurements off the fired brass, and to the chamber shoulder and was not surprised to see that they had buried the reamer in my barrel. Way overcut, I am surprised it even fired. Firing pin should have just about pushed the cartridge into the cave. When it returns I thought I would inspect it to a higher level. So I want to see what they send me back before I even take it out. I paid a lot and hope I get something for it.
    Thanks,
    Mark
    Hey thanks for the tip...on it's way from Brownells...Cerrosafe chamber cast
    Last edited by snowshooze; 04-29-2008 at 19:41. Reason: Fresh news

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    That's interesting. I don't think that's a common problem getting a chamber that fouled up. What brand of rifle is it and if you won't say on here who did the work, send me a PM. I am curious to know who could jack a belted magnum chamber up and call themselves a "custom shop"...

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    Quote Originally Posted by snowshooze View Post
    Is Starline better, or just cheaper?
    Starline is good stuff. I've used their 10mm, .45 ACP, .45 Colt, .454 Casull, .400 Cor-Bon, and .357 Sig brass. It's all been top-shelf.



    Quote Originally Posted by snowshooze View Post
    Are the Lapua and exotics really any better?
    Yes, but I doubt you would notice enough difference in a hunting rifle to justify the extra cost. We all have our preferences, but the standard name-brand brass from Winchester, Remington, and Federal is all pretty good. You seem to like Winchester, so I see no reason to stray. Run it and smile.

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