That's what I have always heard, you would think they would try to do a better jobI haven't used it personally but know a few people who have. Weights and lengths were pretty inconsistent, primer pockets didn't last long . They're not complete garbage, just not first rate either. With proper prep work and sorting they'll deliver quality ammo, but the other brass available is less work , more durable and more expensive.
It all boils down to what you expect from your brass and and money spent.
.....If the brass is fired once, produces the desired results and is thrown in the trash , it's done it's job.....
I shoot a 6.5 SAUM using Hornady brass and my experience with it is it is very soft and can't stand up to more than 3 firings in my rifle. I also had a 7LRM and I could maybe get a second firing. I wish there was a better option for my SAUM, but finding Norma brass to neck down is about impossible. So, for the meantime, I am forced to go with the Hornady route knowing what I know.
10-15 years ago, when Hornady still made MATCH head stamped brass and true match-grade .308 Win ammo, that was some good brass and ammo. Some of the best groups I've shot in my .308 Win's were with that brass and that factory ammo. I still have several hundred pieces of that same brass stock (once-fired, cleaned, and air-tight storage in .50 cal ammo cans). Some of it that I keep separate, I still use for load development, and I've loaded 8+ times with some warm loads, and is just as high of quality as my Lapua .308 Win brass is, and shoots just as good, with the same loads, in the same rifles. What happened was the 6.5CM craze, and then Hornady switched gears, and started putting all that effort into the 6.5CM and whoring it out, and didn't give 2-***** about any other cartridge or brass quality for anything else, because the CM was their golden ticket cash-cow. They're going to do the same thing with the 6.5 PRC.I can't confirm, but I think brass is at the bottom of their priority list . They sell a ton of factory ammo to shooters that don't reload and throw away the spent brass . If the brass is fired once, produces the desired results and is thrown in the trash , it's done it's job .