Originally Posted by orangeride
I'm getting ready to start working up some long range hunting rounds, 500-800yrd type stuff with 250-300gr sierra or berger's. The only brass available is factory Rem. To be honest in not in the same league as Lapua brass. What are you guys doing to get the brass up to snuff. Right now I'm NK sizing and de-buring the flash holes and making sure there all in spec as far as length. Is it worth the time to weight sort? How about neck turning? I'm new to match type reloading. Thanks, Aaron
I agree 100% about the lapua brass, But when I can not buy it for some calibers I resort to
I like to buy 200 rounds of new brass to start with (The same batch numbers if possible).
Then I do a full prep on all of it. this consist of=
Full length sizing, Trim all to the same case length, Turn all the necks just enough to be the same
and no more than nessary to clean up the worst case,De burr the case mouth and the flash hole
(Inside) and last weight sort in 1 grain batches.
You will end up with 2 or 3 different batches and a few 5 or 6 that are out of the park. I use these
few odd cases for bullet seating dummies for different bullets and seating depths and leave them
unprimed and well identified by permanently marking them.
Of the 200 rounds I normally end up with over 100 within the 1 grain limit.
Then I load only one batch until they are worn out. I then go to the next largest batch and load
them until they are gone (I don't see very much if any difference in the POI, but sometimes I
do see an improvement or lessening of SDs when I switch batches) but I like to keep my brass
as consistent as possible when loading.
The whole Idea of this is to eliminate/minimizes flyer's.
In the long run you can get about the same amount of total loads from 200 rounds of Remington
brass for the cost of 100 rounds of lapua brass (But with more effort)
The well prepared Remington brass and good loads can produce outstanding accuracy.
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