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Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by RONALD MORPHEW, Oct 25, 2022.

  1. RONALD MORPHEW

    RONALD MORPHEW Member

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    I actually purchased some 45 colt, (called long colt by some) at a local gun show, about 20 year ago now, shot it all up, and now using it for reloading,
    It is all starline brass.
    My deceased brother used to say I made out like a bandit. He considered starline brass as pretty much match quality brass. He would say is every bit as good as Norma brass, and that also was pretty much match quality.

    How do ya'll feel about starline brass?
     
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  2. Howa 9700

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    Can't speak to opinion of others, but have loaded some in 308 Win and it was fine. Of note, the Starline factory sits immediately adjacent to Sierra Bullet factory in Sedalia, MO. I understand both outfits relocated to MO at about the same time. They may be related.

    When I go down the list of all the calibers they offer, some of them look to me to be pretty obscure. At the same time, 6mm Rem is gone. Hope to get them to change that. Not many new rifles sold as 6mm Rem, but a pretty large base of existing. Ammo is drying up and so is brass. They would corner the market on the brass if they offered it.
     
  3. CoalCrackerAl

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    I like starline brass. I have some coming this week.
     
  4. Bartojc

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    Admittedly I do not buy much new brass. I typically stick to once fired if I am buying or range pickups. The only new brass I have ever purchased was for 45 Colt and it was Starline. I also have Remington and Winchester 45 Colt brass and I consider the Starline to be better. If you can find some I think you'd do well to get the Starline.

    -Jeff
     
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  5. Kaldor

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    I consider there to be 3 tiers of brass manufacture based on quality and consistency, life span, and availability.
    Starline is what I would call tier 2. Its good quality, not quite as consistent as a tier 1, but overall very good. Brass life and availability are good. Can be fireformed, sized, trimmed, primer pocket flash removed, weight sorted to remove outliers, and youll end up with some decent stuff. Neck consistency can be fixed if you enjoy neck turning.
    Ive found Norma to be very consistent in size and weight and will produce accurate ammo, however the primer pockets are trash. Ive seen numerous Norma cases only go 1 or 2 reloads before they blowing primers with well under max loads. Therefor its a tier 3 for me simply because it doesnt last.
     
  6. johnjohn

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    Love Starline brass.
     
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  7. EricBu

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    It's the best game in town. Good quality, reasonable priced, and generally more available in large amounts. In 45 Colt, loading sane, Starline will last 30 or 40 loadings easy. Tier 3 (Ruger Only) will start to stretch the primer pocket after about 8 to 10 or so. You can switch to metric primers (Russian, Serbian, Italian, Spanish..etc) and get another 3 or 4 out of them.

    For rifle, I wouldn't say it's as good as Peterson or Lapua, but it's magnitudes better than Hornady, and on par with the big names (Rem, Win, Fed).

    Since the big manf haven't had brass available since 2019, and there are only a few makers with a lot of caliber options outside of them (Jagemann, Armscor), for a lot of stuff, Starline is the only option. I used to buy a lot of Jagemann, but now that Ammo Inc owns them, they haven't had brass available for 2 years. I do buy a lot of Armscor, but not for 45 Colt anymore. Nothing wrong with it, it's just that it won't fit in Mark 7 shell plates.

    By the numbers, since the beginning of the year, I've bought about 50K pieces of new Starline brass, 30K Armscor, and maybe 10K of "other". For 45 Colt, I only buy Starline at this point.
     
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  8. Electrod47

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    I'm a mixed brass reloader, especially since I'v saved all my brass since about 1977 and do batches of hundreds at a time .45 .38 .357 9mm 45acp etc. I literally have thousands. But, I will say this. All my warmer loads are loaded in Starline. Their .38 brass is stamped +P and that's exactly what they get. Same for my .44Spl and 44Mag and 45Colt all Starline and I have never had any issue with them
     
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  9. Soonerpesek

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    They state that it's the same brass as the "non" +p, just headstamped so the loads don't get mixed up.....
     
  10. Palladan44

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    Starline sets the bar for top quality brass available to reloaders.
    Botique ammo Manufacturers use it too!
     
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  11. WeekendReloader

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    Starline brass is good to go.

    They work a little differently on the ordering side.
    "In-Stock" means they have it on the shelf ready to ship.
    "Backorder" means that it is in the queue to be made and they are taking orders. Go ahead and place your order. It should ship in a few weeks.
    "Out of Stock" means it is all gone and not scheduled to be made in the near future.
     
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  12. Charlie98

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    Meh.

    Not a big fan of it. I have some of their brass I bought back in the early '90's, some of it (the .38SPC) was so brittle, it split on the 2nd or 3rd firing (mid-range loads.) The .357 started splitting on the 3rd or 4th firing; granted, it was nickle brass. At the same time, I also bought a 1000cs box of .45ACP brass... and I'm just now starting to retire it. Some of it was loaded 20+ times and more, but it's all starting to split, now, but it's almost 30 years old.

    I do have some more modern Starline... some .45 Colt brass, some .45-70 brass, even some .41MAG brass... that seems to be holding up well enough. Time will tell.

    I can appreciate Starline as a company, however. They are willing to make obscure and obsolete brass on a fairly regular basis. I've heard their CS is very good, too.
     
  13. Reeferman

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    I have had more split case mouths with Starline than with Winchester or Federal in 38/357 reloads.
     
  14. redcon1

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    I love Starline brass. I think it's above average quality and below average priced and it's kind of the only game in town for a lot of cases that don't have good support from the commercial manufacturers. I have only ever used their 10mm, 44 mag and 460 Rowland and it all worked fine every time. I have plenty of it and so I haven't looked at other options in a long time but, the last times I did look, there was very little brass available anywhere else and certainly no 10mm or 460 Rowland brass. But Starline brass was taking orders. I love Starline brass.
     
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    All my new brass is Starline.
     
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    I like Starline handgun cases. In the 5-10 years leading up to the latest shortage, I bought lots of Starline cases to have excess supply on hand for the future.

    I’ve had good case life with low pressure ammunition but have not loaded full power loads for cartridges like 357 Magnum or 44 Magnum with Starline cases. But, my Starline 460 S&W Mag cases have gone through a couple full power loadings without any case failures. I have not found the case life yet.

    Except for 32-20, I have not bought any Starline rifle cases. But, I’d have confident they would be good.

    They may not be “bench rest match” quality, but I’m confident Starline rifle cases would be better quality cases for average shooting.

    Regardless, under normal times, I like that I can large batches of cases with Starline on a routine basis It is not always as easy when buying cases from the various big box gun stuff emporiums.
     
  17. Obturation

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    I like starline.
    Hardness seems to vary. I can feel it when sizing in some lots. Especially obvious in 454 casull, excessive effort to size a virgin case and if it's a full load it will probably split first firing. Maybe 1 in 20 in a batch of 500 are like that, most are gone now. It may be unpopular but I really like federal cases, they're not highly desired but always worked well for me. On the other hand, winchester revolver cases are bottom of the barrel to me, inconsistent rim thickness and weird dimensions at times. I've got a lot of decent win cases but if they're goofy at all I don't bother with them.
     
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  18. Charlie98

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    That's kinda my spin on it.

    Like you, I really like my Federal brass... mostly in .45ACP. Otherwise, my first choice is RP, which has always treated me well.
     
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  19. 12Bravo20

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    I use Starline 9mm Largo brass in my Star Model A Super and in my 9mm 1911 that has a 38 Super barrel installed in it. Starline brass works great in both pistols.

    For what ever reason, Starline 9mm Largo brass and 38 Super Comp brass are the same dimensions and completely interchangeable. The only difference is what is stamped in the bottom of the case. And since 38 ACP dies are used to reload both calibers it really doesn't matter.
     
  20. Frulk

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    I’m sitting on a stash of 3-4K new Starline brass in various handgun calibers and have about the same or more in rotation. Always treated me well.
     
  21. dcarr

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    I just reload for handgun, have bought new Starline brass in 9mm, 38 spl, 357 , .45acp , .45 LC and not been sorry.
     
  22. Soupy44

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    Lots of bullseye shooters swear by it for the long line.
     
  23. Soonerpesek

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    That sounds like the makings of a good song......
     
  24. MosinT53Hunter

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    Starline has been my go to for finding high quality 9mm Largo brass to reload to feed my ol Star Super pistol!
     
  25. tittlet

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    I bought some recently in 350 legend. Looked around and Stareline seems to be towards the top of the list whenever the conversation turns to brass. I plan on giving this brass a real workout this winter. First working up a deer hunting load with Barnes Bullets. Then loading up and shooting lots of plinking rounds with RMR 9mm bullets.
     
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