300 WM Brass. What Brand?

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by rharfo, Apr 8, 2015.

  1. rharfo

    rharfo Well-Known Member

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    Smith says my new rifle will be ready soon. He uses and suggested I get Norma or Winchester brass. I have 100 brand new Hornady on hand. No one has the Winchester in stock. Should I step up to the Norma? Buy used Winchester? Or let it ride on the Hornady I already have?
    Thanks in advance...
     
  2. FEENIX

    FEENIX Well-Known Member

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    Lapua is at the top!
     
  3. Csquared

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    Lapua is awesome brass, but I am not sure they are still making 300 WM. Plus, you need to sell a kidney to buy the stuff. I use Winchester, and put a little extra time into case prep. It's tough brass, and has stood up well (my latest batch of 100 has seen 4 reloads of 180 Barnes with 83 grains of H1000) and no signs of needing retirement yet. If you have 100 Hornady cases, I would just use them. Who knows, you might find they work well for you, and then you have saved yourself a few greenbacks.
     
  4. Jaxdialation

    Jaxdialation Well-Known Member

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    Lapua?? They actually don't make 300WM brass.

    I bought Norma. But I haven't loaded it enough times to comment on the quality.
    The primer pockets on the 450 pieces I bought were -extremely- tight. Those that I've loaded twice are still very tight - have to use a press to seat them.
     
  5. MudRunner2005

    MudRunner2005 Well-Known Member

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    Lapua is always top of the totem pole, unfortunately, they don't make brass for any belted calibers... I do use Lapua for all the calibers I can, simply becasue it is the best brass I've ever used. Nosler or Norma is next in line. Then Winchester or Hornady. Then Remington, then Federal at the bottom of the barrel.

    Everyone has different experiences, and that is just my personal pecking-order for brass, based on my experiences.

    Some folks have great experiences with Federal, some have bad with Nosler and Norma... You just never know.

    I normally use Nosler for my belted magnum calibers, but I couldn't find any when I got my .300WM. So for it, I have about 150 new Norma .300WM cases sitting here. I have good expectations for it.
     
  6. gohring3006

    gohring3006 Well-Known Member LRH Team Member

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    Check out Broz on this forum. He has good luck with Winchester brass. He is very experienced with the Win mag. I think he pushes his brass pretty hard, and seems to like the capacity of the Win. Brass..
     
  7. jammer300

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    A few months ago I picked up 100 rounds of Hornady brass for my 300wm just like you. I have tried some load development with them and I haven't had much luck. I am using federal brass and that is shooting the best out of my gun so far. I haven't given up on the Hornady yet but for now I am just sticking with my Federals.
     
  8. gohring3006

    gohring3006 Well-Known Member LRH Team Member

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    I love Fed brass in my 30-06, I push it pretty hard with RL 17 and IMR 4350. I have a lot of 50 that is on its 6th hot load and the pockets are still tight. Federal is very much in the game. They are one of the leaders in reloading components, that's my opinion....
    Hornady makes some of the best bullets,dies and presses. But I have had some bad luck with there brass. I can't get consistency with the lot I have.
     
  9. Broz

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    I would use the Fed and just do like I do with WW or some others. Prep it all weighing them and cull the ones that are too far out of the weight range or that have unacceptable necks. But I would also be looking for more federal for later on when needed.


    Jeff
     
  10. BEEMAN

    BEEMAN Well-Known Member

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    I am using Nosler brass. Mainly because that is all I could find. It is working good.
     
  11. FEENIX

    FEENIX Well-Known Member

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    They "were" made by Norma (IIRC) with Lapua spec and headstamp.
     
  12. rharfo

    rharfo Well-Known Member

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    I went with Norma. Got 100 new coming from midway. Gonna add some Fed and/or Winchester at some point.
    Thank for the input.
     
  13. petasucks

    petasucks Well-Known Member

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    pats reloading in ohio its an old school shop you gotta call them to order but they do have a website to show whats instock i liked them
     
  14. Dgd6mm

    Dgd6mm Well-Known Member

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    Has anyone tried Privi brass in the .300WM?