Best Brass


May 27, 2010, 06:27 PM
I've been reloading for a few years for 9MM, 357 Mag, 45 LC. I do it because it's almost as enjoyable as shooting. Almost! I pickup brass at my gun club whenever I find it but have had problems with some brands. PMC and Federal almost always wrinkle when I seat a bullet. I use Berry's Bullets for the 357Mag and the 45LC. I also have a hard time getting a consistent OAL with PMC brass. I don't think it's my process as there is no problem with Winchester or Remington.

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right winger
May 27, 2010, 07:41 PM
Sorry you are having problems with PMC brass. It is one of my favorites along with GFL and military and I get great results with all three of these. It is a little thicker and the primer pockets are snug but not like S&B - I hate that stuff it's almost as bad as a-merc brass. Federal is real soft and I am surprised at it buckling. My experience is that with Federal brass the primer pockets get loose after a few reloads. You may want to readjust your die to bell the brass a little more - I think that will solve your problem. just my two cents Good Luck.

May 27, 2010, 08:04 PM
Thanks right winger but why don't I have a problem with any Winchester or Remington? PMC is the least consistent when it comes to seating. I get as much as .020 difference.

May 27, 2010, 08:26 PM
Win and Rem are perfectly fine. PMC does give me fits in most calibers so now I toss it, as I do with A-MERC. S&B is thick walled but works OK. Federal's fine, as is CCI, Speer, Blazer, Midway, Rem-UMC, WRA, TZZ, IMI, and a zillion others. There are some oddball "bad actors" in .38 special but I can't find my list. Don't try to make stuff work. It's so cheap, toss it.

May 27, 2010, 11:06 PM
What press and dies are you using?

Federal/F.C., Blazer and maybe PMC 9mm brass is slightly thinner/softer than ...say 'WIN or PPU. I sort brass. On my Lee turret press the jacketed rounds I use seat noticeably deeper with the exact same pull if I mix an F.C. in with the WIN brass.

I agree you should increase the 'bell' a skosh on the plated bullets and try a few with no powder or primer to see if it fixes your problem.

May 28, 2010, 06:04 PM
Maybe a touch more 'bell' & take some time to chamfer/bevel the inside of the mouth some. That should do away with your wrinkle problem.

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