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Old 02-24-2007, 01:50 PM
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Federal Brass

I have been loading some once fired Federal brass (fired in my 700 7mm), and have read all sorts of negative comments about this brand of brass (originally Federal premium loads). Most people seem to think that the brass is soft, has loose primer pockets, and smaller case capacity than, say Winchester brass. I'm a little concerned as I start to get near the maximum loads (I haven't seen any flattened primers yet).
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Re: Federal Brass

How much Water capacity do they have (prior to resizing) ?

My Norma 7mm Rem Mag brass hold 86.3 gr of water on average.

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Re: Federal Brass

The Federal, once fired, no trimming hold around 84.9 grains. The cases that I neck sized, trimed to 2.490", and fired again, seem to hold around 84.0 grains.
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Re: Federal Brass

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I have been loading some once fired Federal brass (fired in my 700 7mm), and have read all sorts of negative comments about this brand of brass (originally Federal premium loads). Most people seem to think that the brass is soft, has loose primer pockets, and smaller case capacity than, say Winchester brass. I'm a little concerned as I start to get near the maximum loads (I haven't seen any flattened primers yet).

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This surprises me Federal brass in the calibers that I shoot is superior to Win. and Rem. brass.
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Re: Federal Brass

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The Federal, once fired, no trimming hold around 84.9 grains. The cases that I neck sized, trimed to 2.490", and fired again, seem to hold around 84.0 grains.

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My numbers are with trimmed to 2.490 as well. The Norma brass I'm using is very consistent (weight and neck thickness).

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Re: Federal Brass

I reload for some 20-odd rifle caibers from .223 to .375. Excepting the excellent brass from northern Europe, I generally prefer Federal brass over the other domestic brands for its good uniformity and consistency, especially with the belted magnums. Contrary to a previous post, I have found Federal to be harder, overall, than the others. This means that I get more shooting on avearge before having to toss out the brass. Dave
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Re: Federal Brass

An interesting poll:

http://longrangehunting.com/ubbthrea...ll.php?Poll=36
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