Brass?

DeadmansPoint

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Nosler brass is soft to the extent I get extractor marks with fairly mild loads. Hornady historically has had primer pockets loosen faster for me, but seems to eat up a bit more pressure.
 

Coyote01

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Hornady brass is typically lighter weight and more H2O capacity than others. Up to 20gr per case less (ie. 270) and 2-3 gr H2O more.
So yes, it does make a difference in velocity. My Hornady loads take +/- 2gr more of powder to achieve the same velocity. Many are therefore over book max charge value, but perfectly safe. In fact, I typically use book velocity, rather than load weight when doing load development (correcting as necessary for barrel length).

Hornady also has huge spread in case weight, like 10-11gr (I.e 270 Win 170-182 gr). However, H2O capacity is more consistent (<0.3 gr H2O spread over such a large range) - which I found quite suprising.
Well I need brass but can’t find Hornady. Brass. I was planning on maybe going with nosler brass
 

baggy270

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To answer your question, yes. I had a very nice load using a certain brand of brass and then switched because someone gave me a batch of a different brand. Long story short the latter brass load blew primers.

Also, I have never had any luck with Hornady brass. Primer pockets go real fast in all my experience.
I find that true of Nosler brass. NP with Hornady stuff.
 

coach p

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Nosler or Hornady brass? Will changes in brand change loads drastically?
I have had the same experience with the different brass manufacturers. Brand selection does matter IMHO, as they are all different with capacity's and performance. I use Lapua exclusively for all my tools. Doesn't matter between hunting rig, tactile rig or competition rig they all have the same diet. But that's just me...
 

Dosh

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Lapua is my favorite, but it isn’t available for some of the cartridges I own. When this “shortage” eases, I’d like to try Peterson and ADG for my grandsons’ rifles. I have new Lapua, Nosler and Norma for my rifles.
 
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