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260 lapua brass?

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Unread 03-25-2014, 06:44 AM
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260 lapua brass?

Talked to my smith last night and he recommend the 260. He said with lapua brass i can get 20 reloads before it goes south. Would that be accurate? What type of life are you getting out of your lapua brass?
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Unread 03-25-2014, 11:21 AM
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Re: 260 lapua brass?

Not sure...But I know Graf's have it in stock.

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Unread 03-25-2014, 11:39 AM
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Re: 260 lapua brass?

If I get that much from mine I would be happy with that. Guess we will see.
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Unread 03-25-2014, 11:43 AM
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Re: 260 lapua brass?

I shoot Lapua brass in a Savage LRP 260 Rem. I was very disappointed when I started loosing cases due to loose primer pockets after 1 firing. I lost about 25% of a lot of 100. I know Lapua's rep for good brass so I bought another 100 hoping that the first lot was an anomaly. I have fired 30 or so of the new lot but haven't reloaded any of them yet so don't know if this is a better lot. On depriming those thirty I did notice a few primer pockets that seemed a little loose so I am not optimistic. The loads I'm running are up near max but not over. No sticky bolt. Primers are flat but not excessively so.

Nevertheless, the point that your gunsmith made is valid. 260 brass should handle a lot of reloads and I'm sure you could find a brand that lasts though I don't know if 20 reloads is achievable and I don't know if that brand would be Lapua. I have found that Remington brass in 338 RUM is crap but Remington brass in 300 RUM is just fine. Nosler brass in 338 RUM is great but in 260 Rem appears about like the Lapua. Go figure. It looks like Lapua might be one to stay away from in 260 Rem - though the jury is still out on that one. I have found Winchester brass (which is made of a tougher alloy) seems pretty resistant to loose primer pockets. The Winchester brass however is more prone to work hardening and therefore needs annealing more frequently. I'll likely get some 260 Rem Winchester brass next if this lot of Lapua is a bust.
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Unread 03-25-2014, 01:56 PM
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Re: 260 lapua brass?

20 loads out of a 260 seems to be quite alot. Lapua brass or not. I guess it depends how hot you want to load it. I use Hornady brass and dont have any issues and its ALOT cheaper.
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Unread 03-25-2014, 02:47 PM
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Re: 260 lapua brass?

I don't have 20 loads, but do have over 10 in my Lapua 260 brass and it's still going strong. However, having said that, I have 8 loads with my Rem 260 brass, as well and it's also doing good! I use both and they have worked well for me! Shooting 42.5 grains of H-4350 with 142 SMK's and the 140 A Max in my 260.
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Unread 03-25-2014, 04:19 PM
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Re: 260 lapua brass?

the secret to many reloads on Lapua brass is minimal resizing, usually this means custom reamers and dies.
I have shot a 30 BR in Comp which only gets sized enough to close the bolt and 2-3/1000 on the neck. I can shoot all yr on 20 pieces and 1000 rds. Thats 50 firings per piece of brass and remain competitive all year. This is with high pressure loads of 108 gr custom bullet and 37 gr H-4198 not some pooch load and without annealing.

"disclaimer" do not try this in your rife without working up,

I've also had 6 PPC brass only last 5 shots because the chamber was off and had to resize way more. Bad Chamber job.
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