Starline brass??

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  1. Axis II

    Axis II Member

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    Just got my shipment of 100 starline 44mag brass and it looks a little chincy.

    I don't have very much experience with 44mag but compared to my 9mm,38,45-70 cases the brass seems thin especially around the rim of the case. The rim doesn't seem very thick or strong. They also shipped them loose in a box marked midway usa.

    I'm a little worried about loading these now.
     
  2. ljnowell

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    You just bought the highest quality handgun brass manufactured. You could send it back and buy something of lesser quality?

    Post pictures of these cases next to "quality" 44 mag cases.
     
  3. jmorris

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    If you haven't had any problems I would not sweat it.
     
  4. mstreddy

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    Did you buy them from Midway or Starline, or somewhere else? Does the head stamp match the star line stamp?
    Starline sells in qtys of 500, so Midway probably breaks the bag/box down to sell in smaller quantities.

    Are they 44 Mag or something else?
    There is a 44-40 brass that has a thinner mouth area.
     
  5. Rodentman

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    I've never had an issue with thousands of pieces of Starline brass. I resize all new brass and for the big bore stuff I check and trim to a uniform length to assure consistent seating and crimping.
     
  6. azemon

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    Best brass I have found.

    Load a few and tell us what you think.
     
  7. dragon813gt

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    Who did you buy them from? Starline sells in quantities of 500 and 1k. They arrive in a plastic bag, w/ a desiccant pack, inside a box just big enough to hold them all. So I'm assuming you bought from another vendor so the box issue is w/ them.

    As far as quality they are at the top. I will say the brass is extremely clean and will gall easily in your dies. I tumble them in walnut w/ NuFinish before loading them. Something along the lines of Dillon case lube works well to. The galling is the only issue I've had and it's only because the brass is absolutely clean.
     
  8. herkyguy

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    Just got two STARLINE bags of 100 .44 cases each. Seems like pretty good stuff to me. Came from Cabelas when I found a discounted price. Not sure why people are saying they only come in bags of 500.
     
  9. Axis II

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    Midway USA had them 100pc 44rem mag for $20. Has 2 stars and says 44mag. It almost appears there isn't enough brass at the base area like its thin. I've never done 44 before so this is my first with this caliber and brass.
     
  10. Axis II

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    When compared to the other cases the rims seem real thick but these seem I could crush with my fingers. I'm a new loader and this is a new cal for me so being cautious.
     
  11. mstreddy

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    Herky -- Starline direct only sells in qtys of 500/1000. Other retailers sell them in smaller lots.
     
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    Better box them up and send them to me for further analysis and disposal.

    OP- you are comparing them to 9mm, 45-70 and 223 brass, that is like comparing apples to cherimoya's... I assure you that starline knows how to make brass. Get out your calipers and the saami specs and start measuring away.

    Post a picture if it is overly concerning.
     
  13. ljnowell

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    Welcome to 44 mag, you are simply looking at the design of the case.
     
  14. Woolecox

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    Yep. I have been using it for years. No one makes better pistol brass. And they usually have just about anything you want when you want it.
     
  15. Jesse Heywood

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    Starline ships in a plastic bag placed inside a box with Starline labels. And only in quantities in multiples of 500. With a quantity of 100 and in a box marked Midway, I, too, say you probably bought from Midway. It's easy to check by viewing your recent orders.

    I suspect the thinning you are seeing is the taper of the case. Starline is known for having thick walls with a case length that is shorter than SAAMI specification. They produce what is probably the finest brass made in the USA. Try running a few through your sizing die. Use a shot of case lube, so they don't stick. And if you're still not satisfied, contact the place you where bought them and you should be able to return them..
     
  16. ArchAngelCD

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    Nothing wrong from what you are saying. They are no thinner than other revolver brass it's just that they are so much larger than 9mm brass they seem thinner. Like already said, you buoght what is probably the highest quality brass available on the market today.
     
  17. JO JO

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    I have bought / loaded Starline brass in 9 ,40 and 357 never a issue
     
  18. CLP

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    THR needs to add the following to its list of do's/don'ts

    - Don't pew-pew Starline on this forum..
     
  19. Walkalong

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    He's just a new reloader asking questions, and he got his answer, which is that Starline is good stuff.

    So, load it up and shoot it, repeatedly. :)
     
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    I have only bought .30 Carbine brass from Starline. They're about the only people I can find in the U.S. making it. It is certainly better than the Norma brass I got a few years ago. But, whether I have gotten it directly from Starline (in quantities of 500) or Midway (also in quantities of 500), I have always had one or two cases where the case didn't fully form. They're clearly visible; they're about the size of a 9mm case with a deep gash in the side. Other than that, I concur with the other posters that the brass is high quality and I have no concerns about using it.

    I just wish I could afford to special order a run of .30 Carbine and have it nickel plated.
     
  21. CLP

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    said it tongue in cheek

    no offense intended
     
  22. BigBore44

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    Best brass you can buy. I buy it by the 1,000 when I pass through Sedalia MO, then I literally walk next door to the Sierra Bullet Co and buy my bullets in bulk by the pound. Life is good on those days. But I need to modify one of my deer dollies. 3-5k brass + 100-200 lbs of bullets. Would sure save my shoulders.
     
  23. Axis II

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    Thanks guys.

    I psych myself out sometimes when it comes to reloading. I'm not trying to hurt myself or anyone else so that's why I asked. as I said I have no experience with this so wanted to be safe.
     
  24. Parman

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    I have Starline in 38, 357, 45 and 500 S&W and have never had an issue with their brass.
     
  25. Jim Watson

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    I don't have any Starline .44 Magnum unless it is in the mixed range pickup box.

    I DO have Starline .44-40 and .40-65 and they are good quality.
     
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