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Starline Quality and Price

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by lizziedog1, Feb 11, 2012.

  1. lizziedog1

    lizziedog1 Well-Known Member

    I was over at a friends house yesterday. He has a full-sized Midway catalog. I didn't realize how much stuff they carry.

    You can order 24 or 32 gauge shotgun shells from them. Rimfire ammo? My God, you would need a month to test them all in a 22 gun.

    I also looked at their brass case selection. They have cases for some pretty rare and unusual cartridges.

    I also saw that if a particular caliber included Starline brass as an option, it was much cheaper than the other brands for that caliber. They are even cheaper than Remington or Winchester. In some calibers, the Starline brass was nearly half the price.

    Is Starline brass any good? Does anyone here use it? The price makes me wonder. Are they are real bargain or real junk?
  2. jcwit

    jcwit Well-Known Member

    I've always considered Starline as top notch only surpassed by brands like Lapua.
  3. FROGO207

    FROGO207 Well-Known Member

    Yep Starline brass is top notch in my book also. That is almost the only thing that I use in 45 Colt and the 45-70 for example and I have about 1K of each. I get a "big book" from Cabellas, Midway, Graff, Sinclair, Hunnington, Brownells, and Natchez SS each year. There are some others I get on occasion but these guys send one each and every year. Lots of good stuff in them but I buy a bunch of stuff most years and probably pay for them in a roundabout way.:)
  4. Kevin Rohrer

    Kevin Rohrer Well-Known Member

    Yes, most everyone considers Starline to be top shelf. It's my first choice, followed by Winchester.
  5. sig220mw

    sig220mw Well-Known Member

    I have only used it in one caliber so far and that is 44 special. It has been great. I will also be getting some in 357 mag and 45 colt. Many of the other shooters at my gun club also use and prefer it in handgun calibers. I may be wrong but I believe starline only makes handgun brass. I could be wrong on that though. The bottom line is that it is good stuff.
  6. lizziedog1

    lizziedog1 Well-Known Member

    I'll give them a try.

    Why are they so inexpensive? If its good brass I'm not complaining, just curious.

    Also, I noticed in rifle brass there are some brands that are very expensive. Lapua is one of them. Is Lapua that much better to jusitify its cost?
  7. jcwit

    jcwit Well-Known Member

    All depends on what you're using it for.

    Don't think of it as inexpensive or cheap, think of it as extra value!
  8. Super.45

    Super.45 Well-Known Member

    Their brass is very good. I use their 44/40 brass for my cowboy action loads and it holds up very well to multiple reloadings for a bottleneck case.
    I just recently got some of their .41 mag brass and it works quite well.
  9. 41 Mag

    41 Mag Well-Known Member

    To be honest I have used just about every brand in my handguns, and over the years I have accumulated close to 8K of Starline in various calibers for both my revolvers and auto's.

    This said as I run through the Rem, and Win to the point of expelling them, I move on to the Starline and never look back.

    They have held up to anything I have thrown in them in any caliber and been just as consistent, if not more so, than any other brand. Some of them might have differed in lenght from the other manufacturers, but nothing I ever found that mattered in the accuracy or loads I work with.
  10. dickttx

    dickttx Well-Known Member

    They are very good.
    .45 Colt is $96 per 500 on their web site, as opposed to $94.99 at Midway, but the shipping is free from Starline.
    500 pieces make a nice shiney nest when you open the box!!
  11. armarsh

    armarsh Well-Known Member

    I have had trouble with one lot of Starline 7.62x25 brass. I exchanged e-mails with their customer service, but all they wanted to do is blame the gun or load. They did not have an answer why the first 1200 I got from them worked fine, but this lot did not. They refused to warranty the defective lot.

    Therefore, I would buy from them only if I have no other options. As you can read from above posts, there are lots of folks that have had good service from Starline. What troubles me is that if you have any serious quality issue that damages your gun, they will probably try to escape from any responsibility.
  12. mac4444

    mac4444 New Member

    Starline is good but not perfect

    I use it for a multitude of pistol calibers. However, and this is somewhat anecdotal, quality seems to ebb and flow at times.
  13. Gillie Dog

    Gillie Dog Member

    I have been using Starline for many years and have had more than 10 firings on 45/70 brass with out any sign of problems. Yes these are straight wall cases but no loose primer pockets or signs of work hardening even with stout loads.

    I would use them in common bottle neck calibers if they had them also.

  14. CraigC

    CraigC Well-Known Member

    Starline is excellent!
  15. b78-22250

    b78-22250 Active Member

    +++ Starline brass.
  16. beatledog7

    beatledog7 Well-Known Member

    Yep, Starline is good brass.
  17. gamestalker

    gamestalker member

    I don't know what process Starline uses to make their brass, but I've never found better or longer lasting brass, and I load em at full house pressures.

    The first time I tried their brass I noticed when I was crimping it that it seemed a bit soft, I really wondered how it would stand up to my H110 loads. But after the first, second, and subsequent cycles of an known number of times, it has deffinitely become pleasantly tempered to the extent it seems almost indestructable. I'm now using it for all my handgun cartridges, not just the magnums.
  18. Jeff H

    Jeff H Well-Known Member

    I think you are the first person I have heard say that paying Starline prices is inexpensive. They do make good brass, but unless you shoot a caliber that isn't readily available on the ground at the range, I can't see paying those prices for pistol brass. Once fired can be found for less than 1/2 of what Starline wants for their products.

    Just for reference, 1k of once fired 45ACP is $50-60 and 1K 38slp is $45ish. Starline wants $149.00 and $118 respectively.

    I'll buy some if I ever get a 45Colt revolver or other less popular caliber but not for the normal ones.
  19. ColtPythonElite

    ColtPythonElite Well-Known Member

    Not all brass is easy to find once fired. I find it easier and cheaper to buy new Starline than scrounge around for once fired in calibers like .44 magnum or even .357.

    As far a quality goes, I've got some Starline that I'd guess is going on 20 years old. I don't see any more neck splits out of it than any other brand....Good stuff.
  20. squarles67

    squarles67 Well-Known Member

    Starline is top notch. It's even cheaper if you order it direct from http://www.starlinebrass.com/ and they even have free shipping right now:)

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