Nosler 280AI brass report
I ordered this brass some months ago, and finally got around to using it in load development. I had read that the Nosler brass seemed a little on the soft side. I did not have that experience though.
I was loading a healthy dose of H1000 behind a Berger 180grain vld. I started at a velocity of 2650 fps and continued to increase a grain at a time until I reached 2850fps. (26" lilja 3 groove) I measured case heads pre and post fireing, looked for extractor marks, and presssure signs on the primmers.
I found nothing to indicate the brass could not withstand this level of pressure. Case heads had not expanded and primers were tight.
At 2850fps I was running very close to the potential of a 7mm rem mag, so the pressure was there.
Not wanting to push my luck and being very satisfied with this level of performance, I stopped at 2850.
Overall I like the fact that the brass comes completely ready to load.
I set up this barrel .004" short of the go gauge, and the Nosler brass chambered very good, with a slight crush fit on the close of the bolt.
I honestly think this brass is a great deal, it comes prepped and ready to load, without having to sort and fireform standard 280 brass.