7mm rem mag brass

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by killerspoons, Sep 30, 2012.

  1. killerspoons

    killerspoons Well-Known Member

    May 10, 2012
    i'm starting reloading soon and was wondering what brass out of these three would be better. Federal, Remington, Winchester.
  2. 7stw

    7stw Well-Known Member

    Jan 21, 2010
    Years ago, that choice would be easy, Winchester would be the clear winner. Of the three, I would opt for the rem brass. The cull rate is high in all three, but when you get to the good ones, they will suit the purpose.
    Another option would be Norma. A little pricey, but VERY consistent.
    Whatever your choice, as well as culling, the prep will be even more critical. Pockets and flash hole, trim etc. Dents are going to be common place in most if not all of the domestic brass these days, but then again, in most cases, they shoot better after being fire formed anyway. Hope this helps without confuse. Good luck in your choice.

  3. Joe King

    Joe King Well-Known Member

    Apr 29, 2012
    I don't even bother with any of those 3 anymore, go get some Nosler or better brass, It's worth the price difference in time saved and quality.
  4. J E Custom

    J E Custom Well-Known Member

    Jul 29, 2004
    Sorry Joe, Not trying to start an argument but the Nosler brass is made by federal with Noslers
    head stamp on it. It is more consistant because it is weight sorted. the problem I had with it
    was from batch to batch it was different(Batches within themselves were consistant) but a
    different batch could weigh as much as 5 grains different than the first batch I bought forcing
    load changes.

    If someone want's to buy the Nosler brass I recomend at least 4 or 500 rounds of one batch.
    Or spend your money on Lapua or Norma brass and have the best.

    For the price difference I can buy Remington brass and do my own weight sorting and come
    out much cheeper and better.

    I like and use lots of Nosler products But not there brass any more.

    Just my opinion
  5. Wile E Coyote

    Wile E Coyote Well-Known Member

    Nov 22, 2010
    I'll second 7stw and add two points. If you're new to reloading, choose one brand of each component and stick with it for a while - until you get your technique perfected. Then, just change one thing at a time, observe the differences and WRITE IT DOWN in your notebook. When I started out reloading, I didn't do a good job of writing things down. This resulted in me chasing shadows and re-working a lot of things I didn't have to.

    The second point is to remember that a load combo that works in one gun doesn't always work in another. If you decide to try someone's recipie, anyone's recipie, always reduce the powder charge at least 10 to 15% or more. Do this with published data also; don't start at max. 30 some years ago, a friend fired some 30-06 cartridges loaded for a modern rifle, an his dad's sporterized '03 Springfield. He's lucky to be alive as the '03 blew up in his face after the 5th round.

    Just take your time, record everything, be careful and you'll be fine. By the way, I use primarily Hornady cases for my 7mm Rem Mag. The reason I am using hornady is becasue that is the first box of factory ammo I bought for a 7mm Rem Mag. After the first reload, it was uniform and concentric. Never felt the need to change after that.
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  6. Joe King

    Joe King Well-Known Member

    Apr 29, 2012
    I agree, but with all the prep work done it's a huge time saver when your time is already at a premium. And if your careful with your cases to extend case life you don't need to buy a large batch. I have 150 all same batch, and I'm still loading on the first 50, 8th loading 1 annealing and they still look good measure good. If they hold true to what I'm seeing so far they will probably outlast the barrel:)
  7. desertbull

    desertbull Well-Known Member

    Jul 25, 2010
    I've been shooting Hornady brass in my 7mag with good results.
  8. g0rd0

    g0rd0 Well-Known Member

    Mar 9, 2012
    I have been useing federal and have no complaints. Still useing the 100 that I got from 5 boxes of factory loads that I bought in Sept. 2007, of the same lot number.
    I trim, clean and clean the primer pocket every shot.
    They have been fired then reloaded 5 more times each (yes I keep records of how many times my brass has been fired). 2 months ago I annealed all of them and then full length sised them after the annealing, usually I only neck sise.
    I am not sure how many times is acceptible to reload, before I got the federal stuff I was useing winchester chrome plated stuff and the chrome stuff started to crack and split at the necks after 4 reloads (again I started with factory loads).
    So, for me federal brass good winchester chrome plate not so good
  9. 429421Cowboy

    429421Cowboy Well-Known Member

    Sep 18, 2012
    When I started loading for 7mm I used Win brass, because that was the factory ammo i shot, and to this day have had good luck with it.
    Recently i have been into a lot of Fed brass that has impressed me enough that i will continue to use it.
    I have had alot of problems with neck tension and soft brass with Rem pistol brass, so i have always stayed away from it for rifles.

    My suggestion to you would be to buy a few boxes (assuming you don't already have them) of Fed ammo, shoot it up so it fireforms and use the heck out of it!
  10. Max Load

    Max Load Member

    Jun 1, 2012
    2nd the Hornady brass!!
  11. OKIE2

    OKIE2 Well-Known Member

    Jul 19, 2007
    they are not chrome plated it is nickle plated
  12. idaho elk hunter

    idaho elk hunter Well-Known Member

    May 7, 2013
    A little edge goes to the Winchester brass. Once sorted and prepped it shows a LITTLE more case capacity. Used with Winchester Mag primers and a Moly coated Accubond Long Range It is very easy to get 3150 FPS. No other case have I found can do this. Nosler is over priced Federal cases.