Originally Posted by SidecarFlip
By too soft, I take it you mean the neck?
I find that interesting in as much as I prefer Hornady over all others and have no issues with it, excepting .338 where Lapua/Lapua is the best and also the most expensive....
...and was it factory loads or someone's handloads?
Ya factory box ammo, just like the post said, (Hornady Custom is the what its labled)
Every single part of it was soft. So soft that after two fireings, I was starting to get case head seperation! Primers weren't overly loose, but it didn't take much effort to de cap them. I was still 2-1/2 grains UNDER max. I had to lube the bullets to seat them on the Hornady brass, or the shoulder crushed. Not so with the other cheapo Rem brass I was using & it held up just fine. Same loads. Same situation. Got a Smokin deal on Rem box ammo, it shot ok to not so great (go figure
), but all I wanted was the brass. It sized nice, loaded nice, & never showed any signs of pressure with the exact same loads as the Hornady brass.
I'm glad you had better luck than I did. It's possible I got a bad lott. But I've hered quite a few stories simmilar to mine, so its doubtfull.
What I got out of the experience was to spend the $ once, for good brass, or you just take a big chance on screwing yourself in the end. One brand of cheapo stuff worked well, & one brand failed, in very short order.
Now I'm not saying Rem brass is looked upon any higher than Hornady. But I am advocating buying quality brass on the first go round. I went the cheap route, & paid for it.
I have since sold my 300wby to a buddy, & I threw every piece of Hornady brass I had in the trash, cause it was not safe to shoot. My buddy plans on loading the Rem brass a few more times before he starts in on his Wby brass.
I hope you continue to have very good fortune with your Hornady brass. Like I said, maybe I got a bad lott. I've never tried Lapua, but is sure like to some day.
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