Are Drilled Flash Holes An Indicator Of Ammo/Case Quality?

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Are Drilled Flash Holes An Indicator Of Ammo/Case Quality?

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  1. Swampman

    Swampman Old Fart

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    I've read that Lapua is now making at least some of their brass with punched rather than drilled flash holes.

    I just bought some Norma .375 H&H and it was all drilled.

    Is drilled vs punched really that big a deal?
     
  2. dredd

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    If the Tooling is properly maintained, you would be hard pressed to tell the difference between the two.

    A sharp punch setup will not leave a discernible burr.

    A dull drill can leave a nasty burr.

    It all boils down to quality control.
     
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  3. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator Staff Member

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    Yep. And it takes more than a good flash hole to make a good piece of brass. I have an old flash hole uniformer that makes it a moot point.

    Norma is good brass.
     
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    Using a de burr tool one time is cheap compared to the extra cost of drilled brass.
    I neck turn also.
    I can't sit still when watching TV. So a little extra case prep isn't a negative.
     
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