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Unread 02-27-2014, 10:28 PM
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norma brass

I'm looking to start loading for my new 243, and need some good brass. I've considered both norma and lapua for their reputations of being of great quality and consistency. the only problem is that I don't want to spend $100 for 100 lapua cases, seeing as how from what I've heard, 50 would last nearly a life time. norma sells 20 and 25 count boxes, which caught my attention. Does anyone know if norma brass is considered weight sorted? (usually that's just called consistency when your talking about brand new brass I would imagine)
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Unread 02-27-2014, 11:00 PM
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Re: norma brass

I am not a brass snob, period. I have used more Winchester brass than any other brand and have shot some very small groups with it, and one group with a 243Win that was too small for me to know how to measure it. I think Norma and Lapua make some very, very good brass but I just don't see the need to spend that kind of money on it. Most major manufactured brass that is made is very consistent in weight, even from one lot to another.
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Unread 02-27-2014, 11:05 PM
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Re: norma brass

$1/piece is the price of used Weatherby brass.

100 will probably last you a very long time in either the 243. However, if I had the chance I'd buy the Lapua brass and never regret it.

Of note, I can easily set up 20-30 rounds for just a load workup session. And, once I dial it in I wouldn't mind doing 100 of the same load in the same brass using the same components. I suspect that if you limit yourself to a smaller number you will find yourself running out of loaded rounds more often than you'd like.
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Unread 02-28-2014, 06:45 AM
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Re: norma brass

I have used both Lapua and Norma brass for many years and have found both to be equally good brass with excellent consistency and case life. I do a lot competitive shooting with a 308. As a result of the brass shortage that has been plagueing us, I started using Winchester brass several months ago. If there is a difference in case life, ES, and accuracy out of my rifles in this caliber, I fail to see it.

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Unread 02-28-2014, 06:54 AM
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Re: norma brass

Where lapau or Norma stands above all others is consistancy of the neck and body thickness. Hunting rifle and conditions will never show much of a difference, a Benchrest rifle where you are measuring down to the .001" will show the quality of brass being used right away.
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Unread 02-28-2014, 12:15 PM
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Re: norma brass

To answer your question as far as weight sorted... I just bought a box of 300wsm. Nosler brass. It claims on box that it is weight sorted and fully prepped...chamfered, deburred flash holes and sized... supposedly unless damaged in shipping ready to load. Not recommended using some of the lesser brass.
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Unread 02-28-2014, 09:26 PM
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Re: norma brass

Greg, I used Lapua for my son's .243. It was prepped very well and with few exceptions weighed out well, thickness consistency was better than most. I use Weatherby brass which is made by Norma for my three Wby rifles. I find the Lapua is tops. I have read somewhere Norma brass is a little softer also. You will be happy with the Lapua. Be safe and good luck.
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