Independence brass


March 16, 2008, 10:06 AM
Hi all. I was wondering if anyone out there had reloaded any Independence brass in .357 and, if so, what their experience was with it. I was given 100 rounds of cheap Independence .357 with a new gun purchase recently, and I kept the brass. I know that is Federal owned, but I couldn't find anything while searching about people using it. (The search feature is really hosed up...I did a search for "Independence brass," and the only thing I got back were posts with the word "brass" in them. I know that people have posted about Independence ammo before, but the search feature just won't work like it used to.)

In any case, your experiences and helpful hints for this stuff would be appreciated.



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March 16, 2008, 10:12 AM
Good brass in the calibers I have loaded it.

Marlin 45 carbine
March 16, 2008, 11:22 AM
it's CCI-Speer made.

March 16, 2008, 12:45 PM
I haven't had problems with it ither

March 16, 2008, 01:02 PM
I have loaded *I* brass in .357 mag. I prefer it over R-P and Federal.

evan price
March 16, 2008, 09:30 PM
No problems with that brass so far. I like it.

March 17, 2008, 10:57 AM
I have reloaded Independece Brass several times now in .45 ACP. Independence reloads very well. And shoots good too.
Independence is made in Brazil, not by Federal or CCI/Speer. They just distribute it.

March 17, 2008, 06:27 PM
Thanks, guys. I'll hang on to it then.


March 18, 2008, 12:49 AM
No, the initial run of Independence ammo was made by Mag Tech. Now, it is CCI/Speer Produced in US

any questions
John: for a brief period and specified quantity it was made overseas,
now made in the USA. CCI makes the lions share.
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Smokey Joe
March 18, 2008, 01:06 PM
Kv501--If it's headstamped *I* then I have a little of it, picked up with my other free range brass, in .357 magnum and moreso in .45 ACP. The stuff functions for me just like all other decent brass. (By decent I mean anything other than A-merc!)

March 18, 2008, 05:48 PM
I have some *I* .357 brass that's been loaded many times with no problems. It's easy to tell it from Winchester and others when I size since it seems much smoother and easier.

March 18, 2008, 08:20 PM
Good brass, loaded it in .38 and .357. I believe the Independence box says Made in USA.

Just my .02,

May 26, 2008, 02:17 PM
Federal, Magtech, and Speer/CCI all loaded and produced ammo for Independence. An easy way to tell them apart is that the ammo comes in a Federal- or Magtech- or Speer/CCI-sized box; containing a Federal, Magtech, or Speer/CCI tray, respectively; with a Federal, Magtech, or Speer/CCI part number and/or lot number, respectively. Federal-made brass cases (for Speer, CCI, Independence, Triton, and others) have a dot before the caliber (e.i. ".9mm LUGER" and ".45 AUTO"). Magtech-made brass will have a not-nickel-plated brass primer with a truncated "V" impressed in to it. Speer/CCI-made cases will have no overt markings but will come in the Speer/CCI box/tray with a lot number in L##L# or L##L## format where L is a letter and # is a number. The first L##L in the lot number is the date of manufacture. More on that in a future thread. There is also a type of Independence headstamp ".*I*." (dot star I star dot) which I haven't figured out yet. It is the same type as the Speer headstamp ".SPEER." (dot SPEER dot). Could just mean CCI-made. Speer-headstamped brass has been made by several suppliers in the past including Federal and Starline. I'll followup with photo's when I figure out how to attach them.

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