Brass Preference question

Discussion in '7mm STW' started by Fire306, Dec 12, 2013.

  1. Fire306

    Fire306 Well-Known Member

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    I have been using Nosler Custom 7STW brass in my Sako and in my new custom rifle. It has been working well, but the price of it gags me. So I picked up 200 pieces of Remington brass recently and am considering working up my next loads using the Remington brass.
    Somewhere I swear I read, that guys are able to get higher velocities/hotter loads out of the Remington stuff, but I can't for the life of me find where I seen that.

    Also would loads change much, pressure wise when changing brass?
    I'm guessing I should start from scratch for load development.

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. frequent misser

    frequent misser Well-Known Member

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    I've shot nosler and Remington in my custom. Both hit pressure
    at the same velocities. I don't think you can run one any hotter
    than the other. Case life has been about the same.

    Charges are different between the two cases to hit the same
    velocities. Nosler is a half to a grain less than remington
    depending on lots in my chamber. I shoot a lot of nosler brass but I don't think
    its anymore accurate in my stw but it is a lot less case prep.
     

  3. WildRose

    WildRose Well-Known Member

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    Remington is decent brass but it is a bit thinner giving a little more case volume. It's decent, but it won't last as long as the Nosler.

    I have saved over the years LOTS of Winchester Nickel Plated and Nosler and I add to the lot by occasionally buying up Nosler Custom factory accubonds. If you just want to explode coyotes and such the 140's are outstanding out to around 600yds, and if you're shooting farther then 160's get it done in fine fashion.

    You will not get as good a life out of the Rem brass either, but again, it's decent.
     
  4. NeLab1

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    I have had great luck with Winchester brass in my STW, I have a couple hundred brass that have been well over 6 times or better primer pockets are still good.

    I haven't bought any of the nosler brass but if things don't change in may have to break down and buy some.
     
  5. SnakeRiverEric

    SnakeRiverEric Active Member

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    I was preparing some Nosler and Remington brass this past week and the case
    prep on Nosler is so much easier (less time), while Remington you need to do every step. The Remington will not last as long. I have also had good luck with
    WInchester. I came across some Federal brass and I can tell it requires a lot of work too.
     
  6. Lefty7mmstw

    Lefty7mmstw Well-Known Member

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    Rem isn't that bad, but of course they aren't available at present so it doesn't really matter. I simply run rem through a fl die, trim square, and kiss the primer pocket with a uniformer to make sure. If I had nos ( I do have some nos. in 300rum) I'd still resquare the necks after shipping with my fl die, check length, and check the pockets. Fed brass, I don't really go there anymore other than 5.56 brass in my AR.