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Should I prep brand new brass.

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Unread 01-20-2008, 09:13 PM
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I hope so or he will be banished to the "24 Hour Bonfire"!! Still he should at the very least be flogged like and placed into the stocks! LOL!!!
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Unread 01-21-2008, 10:20 AM
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Ya.....I re-read my post after making it and was surprised I made it this long without a small fire. Here's what I was trying to say. If you read the gun rags when they are testing a new gun it seems that one or two handloads always goes well under an inch. It also seems that one or two factory loads also go well under an inch. (Of course there's plenty of both that don't). My post meant to reflect that there's no reason......if you know your guns favorite bullet, powder, seating depth....that you should be able to match or beat any of the BEST factory loads out there without extra case prep on virgin brass. Lets not forget that alot of this rests on the quality of the gun. Some guns can shoot alot of loads to 1/2" and under. Alot of factory guns may have a hard time cracking 1" consistantly with either reloads or factory. Bottom line is with the right gun and load you can shoot some very good groups with min prep on virgin cases.
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Unread 01-21-2008, 12:51 PM
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I usually buy new brass from Nosler which is weight sorted sized and prepped ready to go. I usually had no problems NOT sizing it until I went on a guided hunting trip in the Bob Marshall wilderness in Montana. This time almost all of my bullets were coming out of the cases when I unloaded them from my gun. Someone sized them wrong from the factory. I will always re-size new brass even from Nosler from now on.
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Unread 01-21-2008, 02:18 PM
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What was the cause of the bullets coming out? From what I'm reading it sounds like they were seated too far out and were in the lands? That combined with too little neck tension? What did the bullets feel like when they were seated?? Usually I would think that little neck tension could be felt when seating?
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