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Old 09-01-2007, 11:43 PM
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Quality of Nosler Brass

Looking at a future project with a 280 Imp cartridge. i am thinking abut using nosler's 280AI brass, but I do not know anything about it's quality/hardness.

Any info?


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Old 09-02-2007, 08:49 AM
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Nosler is just federal that has been weight sorted.

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Old 09-02-2007, 09:52 AM
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I had originally heard that Nosler was in contract with Winchester to produce their new "Custom" brass. ??

With the war effort in full swing, it doesn't seem like Federal is able to do very much production for the civilian shooting market.
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Old 09-02-2007, 05:55 PM
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Okay, so is it Federal or Winchester then that makes the brass?

Second, has anyone one used their brass and how does it compare to others?
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Old 09-03-2007, 06:46 AM
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I have used it in a 300 and 7 ultra and 22-250. Its not majic. Looks good, looks real good cut in half, but it doesnt outlast the chepo remmy brass.(maybe in lower pressure stuff) It is quite a bit thicker so drop your load or youll just get one load out of the pockets. I was getting 3-4 loads out of the pockets with stiff ultra loads which is what I can get out of remmy. But it is nice to buy 50 and use 50 peices. Cant do that with remmy. They just buy that brass from federal in cases of 500,000 and put it through a machine that weight sorts, then a little machine that goes up and down and majicly turns in in to gold, (or preps it)which ever way you want to look at it. (That was for you Bob)


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Old 09-03-2007, 08:06 AM
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I found Nosler necks were very thin. Too thin for use in my 270 AM (Necked down 300 RUMs)

Also found that case volume was a little less than REMs and heads/web area softer and body harder.

Blew primers with no extraction problems at all w/the Noslers?

Went back to REM brass.

If 280 I'd stick w/Win brass. Just better all the way around. (If they haven't changed it lately.)
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Old 09-03-2007, 03:37 PM
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I shoot the Nosler .280AI brass... and I love it. I seriously doubt that it's Federal brass... that stuff is junk in my experience. All the brass was ready to go right out of the box. Primer, Powder, Bullet... BANG! My rifle has not shot a group over 1.5" at 200 yards with the Nosler brass and any bullet. I loaded and fired one piece 10 times to find out how tough the brass was and the primer pocket is still nice and tight. What more could you want? ~JT
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