Does anyone make decent 7mm-08 brass

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  1. 17Fireball

    17Fireball Well-Known Member

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    Bought a few hundred new Remington brass as it was all I could find. Being used to Lapua in my .243 I don't like this brass. Stretches a bunch and some of the primer pockets have quickly lost their tight fit.

    I have heard guys using the 308 Lapua and running it through a 7mm-08 die. Talked to my gunsmith and he recommended against it saying issues with neck thickness consistently using this method.
     
  2. Broz

    Broz Well-Known Member

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    Necking down from .308 to .284 I doubt you would have any neck thickness issues. I hate to go against the advice of your smith, but if it were me I would be getting some 308 Lapua brass and necking it down. We do this all the time with 300 win brass necked down to 7mm for the 7-300's. Same sizes and process.


    Jeff
     

  3. Lefty7mmstw

    Lefty7mmstw Well-Known Member

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    I neck brass all the time and have no issues whatsoever. Get a new smith man. The only issues here are not lubing properly causing uneven stretch( on a neck up) and a tight necked chamber having issues (needing turned necks) when your brass is a bit thick necked.
    The 308 to 7-08 neckdown is as simple as running the brass through a fl die and loading.
    I get half of my 270 brass by necking down '06 and she's 1/2 moa with it, all of my 35 whelen brass by necking up '06 and she's moa with it, and I neck down and blow out 375 h@h brass to 7stw and they are fine with 1/2 moa capability. A good portion of my 338 win brass is actually freebee 7rem brass I was given new and decided to neck up as I only need a few hundred 7rem brass at once.
    Btw, your load is too hot if you are blowing pockets with rem brass.
     
  4. 17Fireball

    17Fireball Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the input...keep it cominig guys.

    So, just to make sure I understand...

    You recommend:

    I buy Lapua .308 brass.
    Run it through my RCBS FL 7mm-08 resizing die
    Measure, trim if needed.
    Load for my 7mm-08 and live happily ever after with no problems.
     
  5. Greyfox

    Greyfox Well-Known Member

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    I have had the same issues with Reminton brass. It's junk. A Midway primer pocket tightener helped keep the primers tight. I neck down 308 Lapua brass. It comes up a little short in length but it doesn't seem to be a problem. If tight necks are a problem, Winchester brass is thinner. Also I had some Nosler 7mm08 ammo. This brass is pretty good.
     
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  6. MudRunner2005

    MudRunner2005 Well-Known Member

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    Ding Ding Ding!!! We have a winner!

    I agree with Jeff, and would buy some Lapua .308 Win brass and throw it in the FL sizer die and.....VIOLA! Lapua 7mm-08 brass. :D
     
  7. jimbires

    jimbires Well-Known Member

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    I'm using Norma 7-08 brass , it seems to do well . I have not used Lapua in anything yet , but I ordered some last night for another rifle .
     
  8. 13point

    13point Well-Known Member

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    +1 for Norma. Thrown away several of my rem and win brass not one issue with my 708 Norma brass.
     
  9. Catfur

    Catfur Well-Known Member

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    ...aaaaand, if you're worried about the necks being too thick, you can buy some Lapua 260 Rem brass, and neck that up, instead.
     
  10. myownman

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    Would it be better to neck up from .260 or neck down from .308 ??? PS. What powder and bullets are you guys shooting? Sorry for the hijacking, I just started loading for my new 7-08.
     
  11. Buzzsaw

    Buzzsaw Well-Known Member

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    Been using Winchester with no problems but I don't beat the crap out of it. I have some Norma, haven't used it yet.
     
  12. SidecarFlip

    SidecarFlip Well-Known Member

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    Back in my younger days, I dated a hotie named Norma and she could really neck....

    I was a kid once.....:)
     
  13. backwoods83

    backwoods83 Well-Known Member

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    Catfur is on the money, if you neck up 260 Lapua brass the neck will get slightly thinner and you won't come up .015" short on case length.