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Is Lapua brass worth it?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Lone_Gunman, Dec 23, 2008.

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  1. Lone_Gunman

    Lone_Gunman Member

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    Midway sells new Lapua brass in 30-06 for about $0.90. That seems terrible. Is it really worth it?
     
  2. kelbro

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    Depends. Lapua is very uniform and consistent. You can usually get more reloads from a set of Lapua brass than most other brands.

    If you are loading for a hunting rifle that you may shoot 20 shots a year, I would say no. If you are shooting for tiny groups like match shooting, I would say it's worth the money.
     
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    +1 Kelbro

    Yep, what he said.

    If you're into getting the very best brass because you're competing at the Olympic level, go ahead and spend it.

    It certainly IS good brass, no argument from me. So is Winchester, and down further on the price scale, S&B and PRVI. So, figure out what you need to start with, say, 100 cases... price the Lapua, subtract the price of 'other brand' brass. The money left over is what you're paying. Ask yourself if you want to spend it somewhere else (like on more bullets, primers, powder).

    Many of us reloaders are tightwads, and would spend the money elsewhere....
     
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    That's a very good question and I hope the answer is yes. I bought 200 cases (100/box) of Lapua brass for my .308 and have just started reloading with it. I sorted all the cases by weight and found that the weights fell into two distinct groups separated by about 0.5 grains, and the variance for each group was also about 0.5 grains. The case lengths varied between minimum trim length (mtl) and mtl + 0.003". The primer pockets and flash holes look very consistent and the primer pockets are TIGHT ... easily the tightest I've ever encountered. I shot a 0.71" 5-shot group this weekend at 100 yards with that brass (new, unfired brass) and that was during the break-in process for a new barrel. I haven't even begun to work up the best load yet and the cases weren't trimmed to the same length but they were sorted by weight. All in all I'm impressed with Lapua brass. I want to get some for my .300 Win Mag but couldn't find any on MidwayUSA.

    :)
     
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    I use it for Hunter Class 300 yd benchrest in 243 and I like it. Just the fact it requires no prep work to get started makes it worth it to me. I havent' shot mine enought yet to comment on longevity.
     
  6. Marlin 45 carbine

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    I've used Lapua only in 7.62X39 loads and it's the best for that chambering.
    oddly the cheap (well relatively) PMC brass is good stuff.
    Winchester neck-splits easily IMO.
     
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    If you are trying to shoot them into one hole with bullets and a gun capable of doing so, yes.
     
  8. kelbro

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    Just got a batch of 100 Rem 223 brass. Out of 100 pcs., only 4 pieces were slightly outside my 91.5 +/- .5 cull criteria. Remington 223 is usually pretty consistent with good primer pocket life.

    Funny that S&B was mentioned. I sorted a batch of 200 pieces of it a while back. The entire lot was within +/- .3 gr. I was kind of excited until the 2nd reload when I had to pitch about 33% due to loose primer pockets :(. Maybe Federal makes it for them :).
     
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    Lapua brass is worth it if you are trying to shoot sub-MOA groups, but especially at ranges beyond 300 meters.
     
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    I used Lapua brass for 600 yard and 1000 yard competition. It does not require a lot of prep work (neck turning, inside neck reaming, primer pocket work, flash hole deburring, etc.). It is very uniform.
     
  11. USSR

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    I use Lapua brass exclusively in 1,000 yard F Class competition.

    Don
     
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    There is not much to do with Lapau brass! Load and shoot! The case life has been great! I have 17 reloads on one lot of brass, and it looks great. The primer pockets are nice and snug!
     
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    Not really.

    Lapua doesn't make brass or bullets in the calibers that I want them to make them in. I prefer Nosler brass and Sierra/Speer bullets. But I have seen good performance from Lapua Scenar bullets.
     
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    do not buy it from midway and it won't cost .90 cents per case
     
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    Who has the best prices on Lapua brass?
     
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    Lapua brass is good. But out of the box of 100 I bought, I have given away over 70 of the cases. Why?

    Well I got 243 Win brass, and necked up to .260 and then needed to inside neck turn... which is a pain. For my purpose RP works just fine... :)
     
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    Afy,

    That's the only downside to the .260; no high quality brass readily available. If you want it, you have to either neck up or neck down other Lapua brass.

    Don
     
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    I was on the nosler web site and they claim to have reloaded 223 brass 38 times without needing trimmed. Is that common with some brass, or with some calibers or is that just some real good brass?:confused:
     
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    Like it has been said. If you are shooting groups where .1 inches really matters then yes it is worth it. I am happy to stay under 2 inches at 100 yars so needless to say I don't pay extra for brass.
     
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    thats because lapua does not make 300 win mag cases. when i read your post, i wnet to lapua's home page to see. i get such short case life from mine, if i could get 15 or 20 loadings out of a set, it would be worth the money. i suspect it has something to do with that short neck, and all thathigh pressure hot gas passing over it. if it had a longer neck (like 300 H&H or 30-06) i think it would have a longer case life. i am now only necksizing, and annealing every time. we'll have to see how that works.
     
  23. interlock

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    i load all sorts of brass and i have loaded some 30-06 in lapua brass. they are great. but my most accurate round is with IMI brass, full length resized and trimmed. My most accurateload i use is a 7mm08 load using remmy brass. I think that the brass once sorted by wieght is the last variable. if your rifle likes a particular bullet and powder then better quality brass might the variable to pull the group even tighter, however you would have to work the load up again.

    oh... the biggest varaible is ME
     
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