The nickel plated federal brass is reloadable. In fact, I have even reloaded the silver brass with success in 300 win mag. The factory 165 gr Trophy Copper federal shoots extremely well in 300 win mag that I have over multiple boxes and years. If anyone has some federal premium brass in 300 wm that they want to part with, let me know.Just curious why you all think federal uses such crappy brass? Has it always been like this? They have been using a lot of nickel plated (maybe it is solid IDK) “brass” on some of there factory loaded ammo that I understand is not good for reloading. I’m wondering if it is their way of not allowing people to reload and only buy their ammo. Sort of my conspiracy theory I guess…..
Not crappy, in fact as other stated, used to be the go to brass for across the course matches. Consistent, but consistently soft in the head area too. 30 years ago, folks ran Lake City Match brass if they could find it, then Federal. But even back then, everyone knew the pockets would quickly open up. But back then everything was a lot cheaper, and few cared. (And the competition kept getting better and better...)Just curious why you all think federal uses such crappy brass? Has it always been like this?
A friend who’s not among us anymore bought Federal brass for his rifle against my advice. I asked him to buy Lapua and be happy. I helped work up a load. The Federal brass lasted 1-2 loading and he learned a lesson. Original brass went to scrap and Lapua went into the cartridge case. Presently use what you can get as long as it is the same lot, even Federal. Good luckI can't believe it,I just bought a 100 pcs of 7mmWSM federal brass. The question is,is Federal brass good stuff ?