Very good points, I like your method of sorting and preparing brass. I’m often guilty of preparing 20 pieces of brass and them run to prep more as some hunt/range day happenedI'm a believer in 200 for a hunting rifle these days. Let me explain.
First, I tend to sort by weight. Before anyone takes off on a tangent on that, just let it be. But sorting 200 rds from the same lot gives you larger lots that are within 2 grains. IIRC, brass is 20x denser than powder on average. So the volume of 2 grains of brass is the same as would have been occupied by 0.1 gr of powder. Roughly calculated. Many disagree that weight of brass is a proxy for case capacity. I believe they have not understood Archimedes adequately. But not a discussion for this thread. Anyhow. I like lots that are within 2 gr.
Regardless, the whole point its to have lots of brass than can be used over time and be "batched". I like to prep cases in decent sized lots. 40-60 a time is the best. Baggies and little paper notes can identify # of firings, how long its been since annealed etc.
With 100 rds of brass I find I am always just a few cases "short". I prepped all my brass 2 years ago for a hunting rig, say 32 in a lot, used 18 rds for a little group and sighting verification, but now have only 14 rds left for this season. Ugh. Kind of close. This is example.
Other reason to start with 200 -- you always tend to lose some brass. In the heat of the hunt, brass goes flying into the weeds and you cannot find it. Or you loan your gun to a buddy who is far less organized and views brass as "expendable".
And late in the life of the brass, you will lose some brass to neck or primer pocket failures.
At the end of the day, its probably overkill. But I like 200. And 8 lb jugs of powder as well....
Also -- one of my buddies just keeps on buying 20rds of this or that loaded ammo "cause it was on sale" or "cause they had it in stock". Then I get this random batch of brass to reload. Ugh... Don't be that friend. He's really nice otherwise though, and a wiz dressing a deer!
Same. Peterson sells 500-case lots for a lot of things so that's an easy button answer, especially if I'm buying a reamer. 2x 250-case lots for the bigger things get's me to the same place.I'm a 500 guy.
200I’m just curious how many pieces of brass people buy initially for a hunting rifle, taking into consideration initial load development for a couple of bullets, and range sessions to get ready for season? I understand this number varies, just trying to see what people are doing on average.
Last time I did this, I bought 300 cases. Lasted me 10 years.I’m just curious how many pieces of brass people buy initially for a hunting rifle, taking into consideration initial load development for a couple of bullets, and range sessions to get ready for season? I understand this number varies, just trying to see what people are doing on average.