Opinions nad Experience with Hornady Brass

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  1. MontanaRifleman

    MontanaRifleman Well-Known Member

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    I have never used any of this stuff so I'm looking for your experience with it.

    Thanks,

    Mark
     
  2. kansas45

    kansas45 Well-Known Member

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    I just bought 200 rounds of Hornady brass for my .308 Tikka. I have some test loads ready, but I am waiting for the rifle to get back from XLR Industries. They are using the barrel & action to build a new stock. I really wanted one, but they did not offer one for a Tikka so I lent them mine. I'll let you know how that brass works in a few weeks.
     

  3. MontanaRifleman

    MontanaRifleman Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Kansas
     
  4. MTBULLET

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    first and last experience was with .243 brass, almost 50% neck splits on fireforming to .243AI, went back to winchester and have only 1.5% splits on once fired brass.
    Maybe just me, but not worth the price.
     
  5. Trickymissfit

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    buddies of mine experience that same deal on fire forming brass. Several were loosing one in five cases. Now the ones still shooting the .243AI are using 6mm cases with the shoulders pushed back. The case shrinks about .035" to .045", and in the end the necks looses out. These guys seldom loose cases anymore. You could also use 6.5x55 brass or just about anything longer than the 51mm case the .243 uses.

    As for Hornaday brass, I think it's a little softer. All I've used is in .223, and (to me) it seems to be formed slightly better than most Winchester brass I've used in that same caliber. Blackhills was abolutely the worst I've ever used! (it's made by Winchester)
    gary
     
  6. kansas45

    kansas45 Well-Known Member

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    Well, it looks like I'm in for some kind of a experience! Hopefully things work out well.
     
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    I reload for a friend that shoot . 308 and he started with 80 rounds of hornady TAP ammunition and the brass has been great. He has 40 pieces that are on their 8load and still don't need to bee trimmed and the primer pockets are as good as new with mild loads.
     
  8. kansas45

    kansas45 Well-Known Member

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    Thats what I like to hear! gun)
     
  9. MontanaRifleman

    MontanaRifleman Well-Known Member

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    Sounds like mixed reviews so far. I should probably explain a little more... I would like to do one or two 375 Ruger wildcats ond only Hornady makes the brass. Just need to know if the brass is doable or total crap.

    Thanks for the inputs so far and keep them coming.

    -Mark
     
  10. RockyMtnMT

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    I used a hundred rounds of 300wm. Fully 10% had defective necks out of the box. Aside from that they seemed fine.

    Steve
     
  11. elkaholic

    elkaholic Well-Known Member

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    Hi Mark......I tried to form Hornady brass from .270 to my Sherman case and split almost everyone at the shoulder. It didn't matter whether I fire formd it or used my hydro die. I'm through with Hornady brass! It may be ok if you aren't wildcatting but it seems far too brittle to me. If you have some you want to try, I would anneal it first clear past the shoulder a little and see if that works. I have had very few problems with WW, RP or Fed. brass forming the same case....Rich