Norma brass problem

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  1. linksmechanic

    linksmechanic Well-Known Member

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    I bought 20 norma cases for my 7rm and the primer pockets seem to be too tight. Anybody experienced this problem? I have a uniformer but that doesn't solve anything. This is the first time I've used norma and so far I'm not that impressed. There's no prep done to the mouths and nothing is trimmed. Previously I used nosler which was excellent contrary to what some say.
     
  2. uncleB

    uncleB Well-Known Member

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    primer pocket's too tight , sounds like blasphemy!!!!!!!!
    If you think Norma primer pockets are tight you have never tried Lapua.
    Try Federal or Winchester primers they are a bit softer for the first loading dont even think about CCI unless you are wearing safety glasses and have the "Vulcan death grip".
    The primer pockets will loosen up after the initial firing.
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  3. linksmechanic

    linksmechanic Well-Known Member

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    I have federal primers. Have you ever had any blow when trying to prime?
     
  4. Buffalobob

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    No. I have been useing them since 1972 and never had one to blow. I have even gotten them in sideways and even backwards.

    That doesn't mean it can't happen, just that it hasn't happened to me.
     
  5. coyotelatrans

    coyotelatrans Active Member

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    I use winchester primers as they are a good primer and seat well in both nolser and lapua brass, never boguht Norma for anything harder to find than the other 2.

    A guy did a semi scientific test on primers soaked in water and wd-40 and dry and he had the best firing results after a soaking in both water and wd-40 with the winchesters and CCI's, federal failed the worst for the wet test for what that is worth?
     
  6. linksmechanic

    linksmechanic Well-Known Member

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    The wet test doesn't concern me as I waterproof my ammo. What does concern me is group size and es. For my caliber, Lapua doesn't make brass. Also I get more case life out of Norma than Lapua on other calibers contrary to what others say.
     
  7. ICANHITHIMMAN

    ICANHITHIMMAN Well-Known Member

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    squeeze harder! I have to realy put the hammer down on my new Lapua brass to get them in there.

    I have notices that the REM and LC brass is a little more easy to prime compared to Lapua and Norma
     
  8. linksmechanic

    linksmechanic Well-Known Member

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    Thanks, that makes me feel better. I have been reloading for about 4 years now but have never had to squeeze so hard.
     
  9. Boss Hoss

    Boss Hoss Well-Known Member

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    FWIW---that is pretty normal for both Lapua and Norma. After a firing or 2 you will be glad you bought Norma because the pockets will remin snug longer than the American stuff.
     
  10. AB8EAB8E

    AB8EAB8E New Member

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    I use Federal Mag Primers and I haven't ever had a problem yet...gun)
     
  11. Glen

    Glen New Member

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    I bought 200 norma .308win cases ages ago because i could get Lapua at the time. I was using CCI BR2 primers and didn't have a problem with the pockets being tight however the brass was quite soft and would show high pressure signs pushing 155gr Lapua Scenars at ~2550fps, i don't think i loaded any of them past four loading before accuracy went to crap.

    I would never buy Norma again, Lapua is cheaper, better quality, and lasts a lot longer.
     
  12. Kaintuckee

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    I have a couple hundred “Norma” cases in .338LM and use “Federal” Match Primers.
    No problems or concerns, does require some additional effort, nothing like you are describing.