I am not reloading yet, but am interested. Is it worth it to keep all brands of brass that my son and I will shoot until i start handloading? we are currently testing several different factory loads until we can hand load. By the way we are shooting a 308, and 300 WM.
brass is getting more and more expensive, so as boomtube said... Keep It! You will want to sort it by brand and possibly by weight when you start loading for you long range rifle, but it is definately worth keeping.
I used to re-load but now I "hand-load".
-- Well, at least I try --
OK guys thanks for the replys..i should have been more to the point but i wrote the thread on the way out the door. I guess my REAL question is: Once you work up a good load can it be used in several different brands of brass. I was trying to see if a load that shoots well in winchester brass would also shoot the same in hornady or federal. Or does the brass effect the load just like the bullet or powder would.(not asking so much about the quality of the brass but the preformance of the load) In that case it wouldn't make sense to have 40 rounds of federal laying around if i was going to use the winchester.
The load is sensitive to the volume of the case. The assumption is that all cases of the same batch and brand will have similar volumes. The same load may shoot well in different cases, but to different points of impact. The question you have to answer is, what size of batch is too small to worry with.
Another consideration is that some brands of brass are too soft to successfully reload numerous times. They may not be worth bothering with if you don't have large quantities. Whatever you keep, sort by brand.
Yes, it does matter. The difference lies in the internal capacities. This difference causes different pressures, thus different velocities, different barrel harmonics, right on down the line. If you develop a load with Federal brass and decide to switch to another make you should start over on load development. At least that's the theory behind it and that's what's been told forever. I have never swapped brass without dropping the original powder charge first and working back in to it. JohnnyK.