So last November I ordered 400 pieces of new Winchester .308 brass to go with the 100 pieces I already had- I was planning to take a long range class in the spring and I knew I would need at least 400 rounds, hence the order. Then the SHTF and nothing was available, so my backorder that was expected for 2 weeks out turned into backordered for "Unknown" duration.
Per the advice of some members on this board, I bought 500 pieces of new in box Lapua brass to fill my needs. Well, I didn't get to sign up for the class, and the next one I can make isn't until later this fall, so long story short I never loaded my rounds and they're still sealed in the fancy Lapua boxes (except for 1 of the boxes I opened just to see what made the brass so expensive
Well, I was planning on working up a load to make for the class sometime next month, and then today I get an email telling me that the 400 pieces of Winchester I had forgotten about on backorder are shipping and should be here next week....WTF!?! I suppose there are worse things that I could have been emailed about.
Now I have 70 once fired Winchesters, 450 unfired Winchesters, and 500 unfired Lapuas....what should I do? I originally ordered the Winchester brass because I wanted a cheap load that I could make for range practice...the Lapua was WAY more than I ever thought I'd spend on brass- the price of the Lapua brass could almost pay for my practice rifle! (It's a practice rifle, so it's also cheap- a factory varmit contour Rem700 with a Bushnell Elite 3200 10x42 and 20moa base...my big money is in my custom 300winmag, but long range sessions with that are painful and expensive).
What's a guy to do? Continue on as originally planned with the Winchester brass and sell the Lapua? Save the Lapua for a rainy day? Load the Lapua and sell/save for a rainy day the Winchester? Load the Lapua for my long range, and load the Winchester with subsonics for my short barrel savage .308 that is threaded and used only for suppressed piggy hunting?
If I sold the Lapua for what I paid for it, which I should be able to do since it's hard to come by at times, I could put that money toward an M1A1 that's had my attention, but then I'd want the Lapua brass to reload for it.