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Old 08-12-2012, 04:22 PM
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Brass Wars-338 Lapua

So I'm picking up my 338 Lapua rifle tomorrow. Figured I'd try a lot of Lapua, Nosler, Norma and Hornady brass. Gonna load 10 rounds of each and document it here to see which lasts the longest. Might have already been done but I thought it might be interesting. Anyone already been through this exercise? Bullet will be the 300 gr Berger OTM. Gonna shoot 10 round groups of each. I am going to assume 40 rounds can be shot from a healthy 43 yr old shoulder in about an hour or so? This is my first big bore rifle so I really have no idea. Just want to see for myself which brass lasts the longest. The Lapua brass was out of stock so that first batch will be factory loads with 300 Scenars. Gotta pick up primers and powder. H1000 or Retumbo? Which primers do you all like?
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H1000 powder and Federal 215 M primers
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Re: Brass Wars-338 Lapua

This seems like an expensive experiment of marginal value.

You could randomly pick the one with the shortest life, but at least you'd have one consistent lot of brass.

Shoot moderate loads and periodically anneal if you must to extend the life.

Is it safe to assume that case capacity will be equal for all brands?

Will you develop the best load for each case without respect to pressure?

Or, will you simply run the same load which may be higher/lower pressure and possibly more or less accurate for one make than another?

My guess is you can get acceptable results with all of them and Lapua is the safe bet. I chose Hornady because it's available locally, the price was right, and I won't be shooting high volume like I do with 6br and such.

Interested nonetheless... Let us know how it goes.

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Richard
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So I'm picking up my 338 Lapua rifle tomorrow. Figured I'd try a lot of Lapua, Nosler, Norma and Hornady brass. Gonna load 10 rounds of each and document it here to see which lasts the longest. Might have already been done but I thought it might be interesting. Anyone already been through this exercise? Bullet will be the 300 gr Berger OTM. Gonna shoot 10 round groups of each. I am going to assume 40 rounds can be shot from a healthy 43 yr old shoulder in about an hour or so? This is my first big bore rifle so I really have no idea. Just want to see for myself which brass lasts the longest. The Lapua brass was out of stock so that first batch will be factory loads with 300 Scenars. Gotta pick up primers and powder. H1000 or Retumbo? Which primers do you all like?
I think you will be able to shoot forty rounds in one session. I am 4'10" 95 lbs 13 years old and I can shoot 15 full power loads outta my dads Savage 338 Lapua without a sore shoulder the next day. The only ill effects I get is from when I shoot it from the back of the truck I get really bad nosebleeds.
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[...] The only ill effects I get is from when I shoot it from the back of the truck I get really bad nosebleeds.
Well, that's not as bad as whatever's on the receiving end.
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Well, that's not as bad as whatever's on the receiving end.
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I'm not going to do any load testing initially. Just want to see for myself what brass will last the longest. All initial loads will be moderate. I've just read too much about how great one brass is over the other for the 338 Lapua. Since this is my first magnum rifle I want to put rounds downrange to get used to it first. While I do that I figured testing brass life would be interesting. Unfortunately I gotta go back to work early so range time has to wait till next month.
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