Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Lone_Gunman, Dec 23, 2008.
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.
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....
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.
oddly the cheap (well relatively) PMC brass is good stuff.
Winchester neck-splits easily IMO.
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 .
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.
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...
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.
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.
oh... the biggest varaible is ME
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