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Why buy once fired 357 mag

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by bubbacrabb, Apr 6, 2012.

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  1. bubbacrabb

    bubbacrabb Member

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    I usually get on the trading post and look for desent deals on there. I used to sell a lot of brass on there as well. Stuff I'd get free and had a ton of. I cant figure out why people buy once fired 357 mag brass on there. Its never at a resonable price in my opinion. Does 70 dollars for 500 sound like a good deal? You can get 1000 pieces of new starline brass for 120 and thats with free shipping I believe. I just wonder what puts once fired 357 mag brass so expensive these days.
     
  2. GLOOB

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    Well, revolver brass is always more expensive. It's rare to find it as pickups. And when you find it, it's usually either once-fired or tired and old discards.

    So I'm not surprised if true once-fired is as expensive as Starline brass. What's the difference, really? You might save one run through the tumbler, but it'll be just the same after that. Either way, it's a heck of a lot cheaper than buying factory ammo, and a batch will last some reloaders a lifetime.
     
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    People are probably buying once fired .357 Magnum brass because most of the new stuff is backordered everywhere I look.
     
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    357 magnum brass has gotten HARD TO GET these past couple years

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    I keep finding it & trading my buddy for his 38 spl brass.
     
  6. Walkalong

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    The price of OF .357 Mag has been insane for a couple of years or so. I ordered 500 from Starline, despite it being shown as out of stock, and received it within 5 or 6 weeks. That was a couple of years ago. It is still put back in my cabinet. It has come down a little lately, from some sources anyway. Hopefully it will get back to normal one day. I saw OF go for more than new on GB regularly. Crazy.
     
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    Once fired or new, I still get dozens of reloadings off it. I bought a bunch of Starline a while back, and it was only slightly less expensive than the once fired I run into from time to time.
     
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    This was the case when I started out in '09. I actually bought 300 rounds of reloads of dubious origin and pulled them down for brass & bullets.

    I lucked into a deal on new Starline and use those for loading the Big Dogs. The used stuff gets cycled as light target loads so I don't have to deal with carbon rings.
     
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    Starline .357 Brass

    Sinclair International has .357 Starline brass in stock @ $14.99 per 100.
     
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