Re: Federal Brass
Most of my experience with the FC cases is in 243, .270, and 30-06, with a few loads for the belted cases. Overall I have not found a major difference in them when using standard loads. When I was going to use something on the higher end of the load chart, I generally used Win cases. Just something I got in a habit of doing when I started loading due to what your referring to.
In the belted cases, I have run them all pretty much to the same loads with only some cases showing pressure slightly faster than others. This has happened with all brands as well through the years, and could be due to the lots or the particular load on that day.
I did order some of the Fed 300 RUM cases back when I got my .270 A.M. and found they pretty much sucked, for that particular purpose. I only tried them with a couple of loads, and after that I haven't used them. I was going to give them a second look after getting my loads worked out, but just haven't done it yet. Too many irons in the fire right now.
WHen I picked up my STW a while back I found a deal on some Federal factory loads and bought up quite a few boxes. I also found a few Win cases to load as well. When I get round to it I will be working with both and will have a decent idea of how they work.
If you have a good lot and they aren't showing anything squirrely then I would go ahead and work with them. As with any other case, watch them close, use the chrono, and if you start to see, or experience pressure signs back off a tad. The cases in general unless your going to be shooting in a match, should work as well as any other brand. You will stillhave to hit the node for your rifle, and it might be faster or slower than your really wanting to go. You can always compare the cases side by side, but start low and work up when changing.
Overall, in most cases I have found the Remington to be the softest in the long run then Fed, and then Win. Again this is based off the smaller 06' type case, that I have loaded the most of. As for accuracy, I have had them all shoot excellent loads through the years.
Mike / Tx
"Heck why would I lie, most folks don't believe the truth when I tell them"