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Old 05-24-2013, 11:08 AM
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Hornady Brass Quality?

How is this quality compared to others? I am looking at getting some for my 25-06 and would like some better quality. I would prefer Norma but it doesn't seem like there is going to be a run in the foreseeable future. I tried Nosler in my rifle and it was an absolute joke, nowhere near max loads and the primer pockets loosened up after 1 firing. Give me your experience with the 25-06 hornady if you have, if not let me know your experience no matter the cartridge.
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Old 05-24-2013, 11:15 AM
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Re: Hornady Brass Quality?

I have only done 5 reloads on my 6.5 Creedmoor brass but the primer pockets are still very tight even with loads slightly over max. I am hoping to get 10 loads, I've read that some guys are getting 15 to 20 loads with Hornady Creedmoor brass but I can't verify their claims.
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Old 05-24-2013, 12:38 PM
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Re: Hornady Brass Quality?

Lapua & Nosler are better brass, IMO....That being said I use Hornady .308 Match brass for load development and then load up my Lapua brass once I have developed a load my gun likes. I also use Hornady brass exclusively for my .357 & .44 Mag pistol reloads.

Hornady is good brass, I wouldn't hesitate to use it.
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Old 05-25-2013, 04:19 PM
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Re: Hornady Brass Quality?

No experience with Hornady but I second the notion that the Nosler absolutely sucks. Especially for the price. I had the same experience, minimum loads loosen primer pockets after 1 shot.
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Old 05-27-2013, 07:04 AM
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Re: Hornady Brass Quality?

Before I switched to Lapua, I used Hornady brass from ammo I had bought. I have no complaints with the Hornady brass and still have all of it. I had 3 firings through my .308, and the only loose primer pockets were caused by me having brain farts and over loading a couple rounds
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Old 05-27-2013, 07:10 AM
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Re: Hornady Brass Quality?

I have had very good luck with hornady brass over the years but imo they are pricing themselves out of there league especially when i can get lapua brass for only $10 more per 100 in the 223
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Old 05-31-2013, 12:22 AM
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Re: Hornady Brass Quality?

I picked up some Hornady once fired 7mm Rem brass from Gunbroker when I couldn't find brass anywhere. Once I got it sorted, I loaded some up with my proven Winchester brass loads and it produced velocities equal to Winchester brass and excellent ES without any pressure sign. I guess we'll see how long it holds up.
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