Best brass for 7mm-08

Discussion in 'The Basics, Starting Out' started by Archeryelk, Dec 26, 2005.

  1. Archeryelk

    Archeryelk Well-Known Member

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    I love my little 7mm-08 and this is the final time I am reloading them. What is the best brass made. Where is the best place to buy it?

    I don't really care about cost.

    Gary
     
  2. Varmint Hunter

    Varmint Hunter Well-Known Member

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    I use .308 Lapua brass in my 7mm-08. It is a simple matter to neck them down in any 7mm-08 FL sizer die. I turn the necks down slightly for uniformity but it isn't necessary to reduce them to fit in my factory chambered barrel. However, it is always prudent to check the loaded neck diameter when necking brass down.

    The .308 brass is slightly shorter than 7mm-08 brass would ordinarily be but this does not present a problem. You will probably never have to trim the brass other than to initially uniform their length. (If that's even necessary)

    While you could also use .243 Lapua brass, which is longer than the .308 brass, I believe there is a shoulder angle issue to deal with. You would probably need to fireform the .243 brass so I never bothered with it.
     

  3. youarenotcrazy

    youarenotcrazy Well-Known Member

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    MidwayUSA has Norma 7mm-08 brass on backorder. It should be in early January. I personally haven't tried it but they have product reviews on their website.
     
  4. Archeryelk

    Archeryelk Well-Known Member

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    Does Lapua make 7mm-08 brass?
     
  5. Archeryelk

    Archeryelk Well-Known Member

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    I am not an expert at reloading so please excuse the dumb question. So, all I have to do is buy Lapua .308 brass and full length resize it to 7mm-08? Is that right?

    Archer
     
  6. youarenotcrazy

    youarenotcrazy Well-Known Member

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    Archer, yes. I did read something Kirby mentioned about first running the brass through the seating die before the full length die so the shoulder doesn't collapse, but I BELIEVE that was with softer Norma brass. The only things I've heard about necking .308 down are the neck will be a pinch thick (which shouldn't matter in a factory chamber) and the neck might be a little bit shorter so you won't have to trim as frequently.
     
  7. wapiti13

    wapiti13 Well-Known Member

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    If Norma makes 7/08 brass, I would go that route vs resizing 308 brass. Norma brass is good stuff with a drilled primer hole like Lapua brass. Are you a Ford or Chevy man? Norma or Lapua? Both brasses are great, but why go to the work of converting and then maybe needing to outside turn the necks if you don't need to? Just my experience with Norma.