7mm Rem mag brass

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by Natty Bumpo, Jan 18, 2010.

  1. Natty Bumpo

    Natty Bumpo Well-Known Member

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    Will be getting a Savage 116 in 7mm Rem Mag soon. Wanted members' opinions on brass: preferences for Remington or Winchester. Don't want to get Nosler; I've heard from too many people that it's too soft. Am I missing any other component manufacturers that make 7mm mag brass?
     
  2. Chas1

    Chas1 Well-Known Member

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    No experience with Winchester brass. Nosler (pricey) and Remington show good results. Hornady also makes 7mm RM brass.
     
  3. 5280yotes

    5280yotes Well-Known Member

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    Norma makes 7rm brass.
     
  4. Jumpalot

    Jumpalot Well-Known Member

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    +1 on Norma.
     
  5. johnnyk

    johnnyk Well-Known Member

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    I used Remington brass alot with the first 7Mag Sendero that I owned. I picked up some Norma brass, headstamped Weatherby, and it has been very good brass. I have run about 4-5 hot loads through them and the primer pockets are getting loose. I purchased the primer pocket swaging tool and it helped a little but not as much as I hoped. I will keep using it and the Norma brass as long as I can. I annealed it last time and it is still providing great accuracy.
    One of my shooting/reloading buddies uses nothing but and swears by Winchester brass. He's had more than one shooting lesson from me though. :) Your mileage will vary. JohnnyK.
     
  6. Longshot38

    Longshot38 Well-Known Member

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    I ran Winchester brass exclusively in mine and I really liked it. Winchester brass is some hard stuff. I had 8 loadings in mine and it was still going strong.
     
  7. Chas1

    Chas1 Well-Known Member

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    8 loadings...that's pretty good...are you doing anything special...lite loads, annealing...just curious.
     
  8. Longshot38

    Longshot38 Well-Known Member

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    Nothing special with the loads. They were loaded warm but nothing pushing any limits (last chrony was about 2900ish w/ 168 bergers), I'd share the load data but I lost all of it when my old computer crashed. I never annealed the brass but wish I had just to see what happened.
     
  9. Chas1

    Chas1 Well-Known Member

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    Just out of curiosity I looked at the Sierra load manual for 168 although smk and not Berger and the accuracy load listed as RE-19 2950 fps and max load 3000 out of 26" tube. So it doesn't sound like your pushing it. 8 reloading nery nice, good to know about the Win brass.
     
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  10. Iowaboy

    Iowaboy Well-Known Member

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    I running winchester brass in my 7mm rem. Just found my pet load finally this weekend. 68.5 grains of H1000 gave me 2930fps in a 26" McGowen barrel. Made the prettyest little one hole group at 200 yards. Moved back to 400 and missed the wind a touch but still had a four shot group with less than and inch of vertical spread.
     
  11. retiredcpo

    retiredcpo Well-Known Member

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    we use winchester brass only in several guns
    Have had great luck so far. 7+ loads with no problems
    the loads not to hot or warm usally we load right in the middle
    of the chart.
    dont have a chrono so we load for groups
    I have found a few bad cases from time to to, Split necks ect
    have contacted winchester and sent them back
    they say they will make it right
    still waiting for a response back
     
  12. roninflag

    roninflag Well-Known Member

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    i have used them all . one guns now is nosler the other is nickel remington . the nickel is pretty and tough and cheap
     
  13. Freebore

    Freebore Well-Known Member

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    I'm running Federal right now. Have 100 new Winchester just waiting to go to the bench but the Federal's have proven to be quite accurate for me and a lot of loadings 8+ no pocket issues and I do anneal. Running the 168's at 2950 the 160's 3075, 140's 3250. Browning A-bolt SS 26" factory.
     
  14. Natty Bumpo

    Natty Bumpo Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for all the replies. What I'm hearing is some guys swear by Winchester, and some guys swear by Remington. Doesn't appear to be a concensus one way or another. Just checked a couple websites and was surprised to see Federal brass for sale at Midsouth. Didn't think they sold brass for components. Also found Norma brass at another site. Don't think I want to pay 1.35 per case (I already load for .257 Weatherby and 6.5X47 Lapua, so I've got enough pricey brass to buy).