Better brass?

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by meatyrem, Feb 26, 2011.

  1. meatyrem

    meatyrem Well-Known Member

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    Given the options of brass between Remington and Federal, does anyone know which of the two is better? R-P is the stamp I see on Rem brass, what does that stand for? Also would hornady be another option for brass? Or is it not worth the time of day?

    Just wantingto know if the brass from Federal is better or equal to the Remington brass
     
  2. fj40mojo

    fj40mojo Well-Known Member

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    R-P=Remington Peters

    Federal is good serviceable brass but it's a toss up as to which is the better of the two, I've recently been buying Lapua and have found it superior to any other mfg but it is available in limited chamberings and can be cost prohibitive.
     

  3. peashooter

    peashooter Well-Known Member

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    IMO of the two I'm purchasing Remington. Hornady is of no advantage.
     
  4. meatyrem

    meatyrem Well-Known Member

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    While reading another thread (can't remember which one) one stated that federal had good brass, but that was about all that was said about it.

    Ya I noticed that too about lapua brass, they don't offer one chambering that I have. Bummer but maybe they could start expanding their lineup. I'm am seriously looking into noslers line of brass. Has anyone used noslers and have you found that it lasts longer than Remington, federal, and Winchester?
     
  5. cross

    cross Well-Known Member

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    I generally tend to avoid the Federal brass. Whether it is too soft or the primer pockets are big to begin with, I don't know. But I do know that the primer pockets in the Federals loosen up faster than Remington brass. Loose primer pockets work at the range but not in the field. Especially if you get into some wet weather.

    Cross
     
  6. 436

    436 Well-Known Member

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    Not knowing the caliber... I’m sure Federal “match brass” is not bad... at least the stuff {match brass} I’ve used seems to work just fine. I think Winchester has the best reputation for over the counter brass among LR match shooters ... and Lapua seems to be the best in most the calibers I shoot; as well as being “considered” by many; the best in the brass race.
    I’ve used Remington brass both from standard loading and their match loading {reloaded it} as well as new... I was never real fawned of it, however in some cartridges like the .17 Remington & .300 RSAUM’…, Remington brass was as good has it got...
    Who knows the real answer, try some’…, see what works for you.
    Good luck
    436
     
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  7. Boss Hoss

    Boss Hoss Well-Known Member

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    None of the above----Lapua, Norma and RWS are in a different world than the ones you mentioned. Depends also if the three above make what you need-----when I am building a new gun always make sure the parent case is avail in one of those 3.
     
  8. Gene

    Gene Well-Known Member

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    Absolutely true.

    But among the US manufacturers, Winchester seems more consistent, and just a tad thicker.
     
  9. elkaholic

    elkaholic Well-Known Member

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    Since no one has addressed the Hornady brass, I'll chime in. Whenever I have tried to fireform Hornady brass, it has split. This tells me it is too brittle. I'm not saying it won't work for normal resizing, but this is a redflag to me....Rich
     
  10. MontanaRifleman

    MontanaRifleman Well-Known Member

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    Rich, have you tried annealing before fireforming?
     
  11. MontanaRifleman

    MontanaRifleman Well-Known Member

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    I agree with Boss, although some might put RWS ahead of Norma. In the case of the 375 Ruger, Hornady is the only choice, but I really like the case design so I went with it for a wildcat. Also heard a rumor that their 375 Ruger brass is fairly descent stuff... we will see :rolleyes:.

    Back to the OP I have used Rem, Fed and Winchester, mostly for a 7mmRM which I loaded on the warm side, but never for more than 5 reloadings so far. A couple of necks starting to split here and there, but primer pockets have held up OK. I couldn't really tell you which was best, but from a lot of threads I've followed, most put Fed at the bottom of the list with the other two about split on opinion, maybe a slight edge for Winchester. I'm using Winchester for my 25-06, but haven't pushed it very far yet. The Rem 300 RUM brass seems like good stuff.

    -Mark
     
  12. elkaholic

    elkaholic Well-Known Member

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    No, but I did suggest that to someone else. I've just decided there are better options.....Rich