Federal brass

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  1. kfreeze

    kfreeze Well-Known Member

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    I use a lot of federal brass, mostly because I live close to their Anoka, MN plant, so a lot of locals use their ammo and I get it once fired free. I get 4-5 firings on it and then toss it usually. The primer pockets are still ok when I decap the brass the last time unless I ran the brass past max load.
     
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  2. MagMan

    MagMan Well-Known Member

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    Federal brass did not last long in a 338 Edge. Might as well just opened the truck window and let the $$$ fly.
     
  3. gator378

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    I have pretty good luck with Remington brass in 300 Weatherby. I know a lot of people complain about Remington but I don't have problems but I stay a grain or two below Max charges
     
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  5. Jrainey

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    I have no experience with any of the calibers you guys have discussed with federal brass.
    Ok luck with it in 300 wm.
    I’m dealing with maybe the worst brass I’ve ever worked with now.
    Federal premium in 22-250.
    I had 3 in a 100 count brand new bag that had spilt necks.
    I’ve thrown away 6 or seven more pieces after 1 firing.
    Terrible!!!!!
     
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  6. Csafisher

    Csafisher Well-Known Member

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    Where’s the false claim?
     
  7. therifleman556

    therifleman556 Well-Known Member

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    Oh boy, here we go...
     
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  8. MontanaRifleman

    MontanaRifleman Well-Known Member

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    True, but...when cheap stuff is used it often results in poor, resulting in wasted time and $$$. Lapua will stand up to grater pressure and if you load it to the same pressure as Fed or some of the other cheap stuff you will get more firings and pay less in the long run and a lot less headaches. You get what you pay for and sometimes you pay more and get less.
     
  9. predator 22

    predator 22 Well-Known Member

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    Federal brass is on the same level of hardness as a beer can. When I went to reload a hundred rounds of 223 the second time it barely held the primer. When my AR puked it on the ground the second time it stayed there.
    And I've had way better luck with Remington brass than Winchester. Had several bags of Winchester with folded necks( not the normal little dents), gobs of brass at the mouth and inside the neck, flash holes badly off center, ect. Usually 5% lost to visual inspection.
     
  10. MudRunner2005

    MudRunner2005 Well-Known Member

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    That the 6.5 CM is comparable to a .300 WinMag.

    The biggest false claim of all that they put out there is that their cartridges are "NEW"... ;)
     
  11. Dog Rocket

    Dog Rocket Well-Known Member

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    It's more like a 30-06 for those who can't handle recoil.
     
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  12. FEENIX

    FEENIX Well-Known Member

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    It still boils down to "personal" choice that one has to make. No one is disputing Lapua's quality and I never said I only use Federal. I am simply making the point as others did that one can make it work for their intended purpose. How one intend to use their time and money is also a personal choice.

    Moving on ...
     
  13. Jack R Tishue Jr

    Jack R Tishue Jr Well-Known Member

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    Have used a lot of FC and no problems. The idea it's soft goes back about 20 years to a ONE time run that was. Not it's one of the hardest out there. Getting loose primers seems to me to be "heavy" handed powder oriented. I've heard the same thing about Rem. brass, and had people not want to buy if, so think there's a lot of bias in peoples minds, that may not be exactly true.
     
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  14. Dog Rocket

    Dog Rocket Well-Known Member

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    Nope.

    I have 2,000 pieces of Federal Gold Metal match 308 that will only take 4 loads of 41.5 grains of IMR 4895 with a 175 grain matchking before the primer pockets are too loose to hold a Federal primer without leaking. Not a hot load in anyone's book.

    I have 500 pieces of virgin Federal 30-06 brass that act similarly with middle of the road loads.

    Federal brass IS soft and thier primer pockets are large to begin with. If you don't believe me, just try using Winchester primers in brand new Federal brass with even moderately warm loads and see what happens to your bolt face.

    I only use CCI or Federal primers in Federal brass for just this reason.