.357 Magnum Brass

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  1. orpington

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    For the life of me, I can’t remember what it used to cost which gives me a basis for what I should pay for it in these inflationary times. Is 45 cents a round new brass high? I think it is but maybe not?
     
  2. Frulk

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    New it was around $27-$28 for a bag of 100 Starline .357. That was about 3 years ago at Sportsmans Warehouse.
     
  3. film495

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    at that price would it make sense to just purchase your brass factory loaded already? and then you have your pick of whatever brand brass you want.
     
  4. GeoDudeFlorida

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    In December 2019 I paid $17.99/100 for Starline nickel plated .357 brass. It was on sale, free shipping, and I had a coupon code for doing one of those online survey things, so I bought 4 boxes. Hope this helps.
     
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  5. LaneP

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    I'm still shooting Winchester .357 brass that cost .18 cents each, bought in 2008. Adjusted for inflation, those $9 bags of 50 cases "should" be $12.09, or .24 cents a case today (if I did that right).
     
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  6. BigBlue 94

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    I would pay 45 cents a piece for quality new 357 brass. Not any more than that though. I just paid about 40 bucks for a 50 pack of loaded PMC 357 rounds counting shipping.

    If you need it, buy it. Money dont do you no good six feet under.
     
  7. .38 Special

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    I'd go ahead and pay it. It would have been ridiculous a few years ago, but welcome to 2022 - and no one really knows if and when prices will come back down.

    Or put another way, I could buy 200 pieces of that .357 brass for what it costs to fill up my car these days.
     
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  8. Rat-Man

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    Early April new Starline .357 Magnum brass was a little over .18 cents each if you bought 1,000. More expensive for 500 of course. Seems like you can’t order any now though. Who knows how long it will be before you could order any.
     
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    I paid $80/500 of Starline 357 mag. brass directly from Starline, about 4-5 years ago. But I see that they're not allowing backorders at this moment. If it is any price indication, their 10mm Auto brass, which can be backordered, is going for $117/500.
    https://www.starlinebrass.com/10mm-auto-brass
     
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  10. warnerwh

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    I just received a couple of weeks ago 500 pieces of .357 brass from Starline. I paid 100 dollars for 500 pieces shipped or 20 cents each. Also if their site says "backorder" like it did when I ordered it may still be soon before your order arrives. I ordered on a Monday and they were here on a Friday.
     
  11. Bearded Phil

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    45 cents for new brass is high, more than double what you can get it for from Starline when it's available for order direct on their website.

    If you're not desperate for brass now just wait and check the Starline website every day until it shows up again. Lately .357 Mag has been maybe once a month available again for backorder. Just check frequently and jump on it when it's there. Backorders on popular cartridges usually ship inside of 2 weeks.
     
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  12. dcarr

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    This was my experience with starline 357 about a month ago, back order one day and here the following week, about same quantity and price I'm thinking. Their back order system is better than most peoples normal shipping system.
     
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  13. Bill M.

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    I thought $50 a box was high for .357. But...with 45 cent brass and 38 cent XTP's and 10 cent primers you could just buy the loaded ammo and save the brass as someone above suggested. Or..if you load coated or plated or lead just buy the brass. Seems about the same cost either way. I would put in an order to Starline and wait it out. I am awful happy with the box of 1000 I bought at the start of the supply crunch. It took them a while to deliver but the wait was worth it.
     
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  14. Cheesemaker

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    I ordered 1000 357 Mag cases from Starline last weekend. They said backorder and were taking orders. They have shipped and I should have them on Monday or Tuesday.
    1000 @ $167.50 = less than 17 cents per - not too bad in my book.
     
  15. Bush Pilot

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    Unless you're prone to losing revolver brass those 1,000 cases will last you forever.
     
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  16. Rat-Man

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    I guess having bought 2,000 from Starline i should be in good shape. I do have to feed 3 guns and shoot them all quite a lot. Most of my brass doesn’t even hit the ground except for some from my Marlin 1894.
    I have lost quite a few over the years to splits, but so far none of the Starline cases have split and the first thousand i bought were a few years ago.
     
  17. Cheesemaker

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    True. However, this was for me and 2 other people.
     
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  18. EricBu

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    I'm paying between .17 and .22 per in 1000 count quantities. I'd keep an eye on Starline's website. IIRC, you can buy 357 from them in 250 quantities, and it'll be a heck of a lot less than .45 ea.
     
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  19. warnerwh

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    Actually a 1,000 pieces of brass won't last forever. The reason I just purchased another 500 is because the original 1,500 cases I already had have been taking heavy losses due to split cases. Fortunately my shooting is 98% moderate loads with the appropriate amount of crimp.
     
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    I shoot a pretty heavy crimp in 38 and 357, I seem to get a lot more mid case splits than anything else. In lever guns it appears the chamber clearances kill cases faster than anything I can do loading. I loose them the same way in pistol but the fact they are shot mostly in levers the last firing in a pistol and then mid case failure is just where they finally fail.
     
  21. Cheesemaker

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    I have noticed the same thing in my 45 Colt lever gun, kills cases (splits) on a regular basis. I do have a a 357 lever too, Rossi 92, I have not shot it much, 30 to 50 rounds maybe, I will be keeping an eye on this. I have 500 MBC for it that I will be loading up.
     
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  22. Highland Lofts

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    I quit buying new brass, the last 357 brass i bought was 10 cents a case.
     
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  23. ArchAngelCD

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    I agree, 45¢ a piece is about double the price it should be today.

    Although not in stock right now Midway USA has prices of 29¢ each for 500 Starline .357 Magnum cases.
     
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  24. Bandit67

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    I just listed some .357 magnum nickel brass on the trading post forum.
    $15 per 100 plus shipping.
    I have a couple thousand
     
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