Have never really done it, but what with the new .280 I am considering buying brass (in addition to fire forming the .30-06 I have). In the past, I've always just reloaded commerical ammo after shooting it.
Question - how different is one brass brand from another.
Specifically, from Graf and Sons I can get
100 Norma for $104
100 speer for $36
100 Remington for $46
100 winchester for $45
100 Nosler for $77
Whats the best deal
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May 1, 2008, 03:46 PM
If it was me, I'd go with either the Remington or Winchester and get twice as much for the same or less money.
Winchester is usually slightly lighter and has more capacity.
Remington is usually slightly heavier.
They both shoot the same near as I can tell.
Norma? Good brass, even great perhaps, but part of that price is the foreign exchange rate.
Nosler supposedly sorts it's custom brass by weight, and it is thus very uniform by lot.
You can do the same yourself with 200 rounds of Win or Rem & your powder scales!
I have no experience with Speer rifle brass, so don't have an opinion.
May 1, 2008, 04:06 PM
The higher end stuff is supposedly, more consistant, if the claims are true, the weights are closer or maybe the capacity is closer,flash hole tolerance,case necks annealed etc., I doubt they would take the time to water fill each case but they might weigh them.
You can do the quality control on the other brass and save your self a few bucks and most likley wind up with just as good a product.
May 1, 2008, 04:23 PM
There is an interesting .223 Remington brass test in the April-May Handloader magazine.