300 Win Mag brass

rufous

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Which brand of brass do you all prefer? Why? What are the differences between Remington, Winchester, Norma, Federal etc? Which is softer, thereby not allowing as high a pressure? Which has the greatest capacity? I am planning on having my rifle rebarreled to 300 Win Mag and wonder which brand of brass I should use. Also I plan to have the chamber throated long so that I can utilize my 3.6" magazine. I hope to have it throated so that the bullet will be touching the lands at an overall cartridge length of about 3.5" instead of the normal 3.34". I expect this will allow a bit higher velocity. With a 26" barrel and the barrel throated long what velocity range should I expect with 180 and 200 grain bullets? I was getting 3000 fps with the moly-coated 200 Nosler in my old 24" standard 300 Win Mag which I know was faster than most. I do not plan to shoot moly bullets in this new barrel. Thanks, Rufous.
 

Fergus Bailey

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Of those you list, Norma is very weak and prone to expanding in the case head at pressures that other cases would stand. It is a shame as Norma is otherwise excellent brass. In 300 Win I find the RWS to be excellent. Remington is not very consistent from the testing that I have seen. In other calibres I have found Win brass to be good, though there is plenty of room for improvement. I would only use Win brass if Lapua of RWS cases were not offered (and, no unfortunately Lapua does not offer 300 Win brass, or much else in belted magnum).

Fergus
 

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