Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Axis II, Jun 23, 2016.
Just got another order delivered for 1000 357 mag as well last week to supplement my other 1200 cases.
I am a very happy starline brass customer.
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I have several thousands of their cases in 9x17, .32-20 and .44spc.
"The brass seems thin especially around the rim of the case" is not a quantitative measurement.
That's like saying 1/4 case full of Bullseye doesnt seem like a lot of powder.
When in doubt find the specification and take some measurements.
Starline brass is excellent brass but that doesn't mean that something didnt go wrong in production.
Here is a link to the SAAMI specification for 44Remington Magnum.
As you can see the specification for rim thickness is 0.060-0.011 so the rim thickness can be anywhere between 0.049" and 0.060" and be in spec.
If you are reloading you must have a set of vernier calipers so get them out and start taking measurements.
Don't forget to let us know what your findings are.
They've been making top-notch .357 cases for years, and now I know first hand they also make top-notch .45/70 Gov't cases.
Sure hope they decide to make .375 Winchester cases soon.
I bought my first 44mag brass (from Starline) from the Cabella's at Polaris, got it home and looking at it next to my 38 brass, it looked a little more fragile. It's just because the scale is so different. I had more or less the same thought when I started loading 500mag too. It's just hard to compare them to each other. They're just different classes of cartridges entirely almost.
After I bought my first 100pcs of 44mag Starline brass, it worked so well, I've been buying a bag here and there when I stop in. Still have all 100, but I've got a nice little stash set aside now too.
Matren, what kinda numbers are you getting out of your 375 Winchester? I'm wondering if any of the other ohio cartridges are any flatter shooting than the 357max.
I hope anybody decides to make 375 Winchester cases soon. I have never seen one in real life.
don't own a 375.
matrem does, apparently.
Elkins: I've seen exactly a hundred unfired ones in the past year, but want no part of paying that for cases.
GBE: Nope, just load for a fella that has a Match Grade Machine barrel that fits Encore's that I'm welcome to use.
Note, I can't say the same for off brand or foreign cases. I find the problems with them when they do not fit my reloading gear, not that they fail prematurely in the gun.
I guess I am naive.
Sorry to continue the "broken record" theme of this tread, but Starline brass is good stuff. If nothing else, it has been available in large quantities while other major brands of cases have been hit or miss over the pass several years.
I like keeping an inventory of new cases on hand especially for cartridges that are hard to find even on a good day. Buying direct from Starline, if they have a particular cartridge in stock, large quantities, 500 to 1000, are available.
and still going strong... I got it via buying loaded BVAC rounds (don't recall ever paying for empty brass). Good luck, YMMV.
I still have all 500 today. Same story with 500 357 magnum cases, except that I have accidentally split a few of them when they got mixed in with 38s and had their mouths overly flared. Some of that 357 brass is probably on its 30th full-power loading.
ohihunter2014, being safe is always the right way to go. Asking questions is far easier than picking bits of exploded firearm out of yourself, assuming you're still capable of manipulation of your digits after such a mishap.
Yep, but my advice would be to come here and ask first about product quality before you puts your money down. Altho 100 pieces of .44 mag brass is not a huge investment, as one continues down the costly road of reloading, buying bulk is what really saves us reloaders money. There is no savings in bulk when good money goes towards crap components. Forums like this are a good source of weeding out what is good and what is crap, but only if that info is gleaned before the purchase.
Oddly, no .223 yet....
If you order from Starline, its either 500 or 1000.
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