Make of brass..

Discussion in 'The Basics, Starting Out' started by kc, Jan 17, 2003.

  1. kc

    kc Well-Known Member

    Jan 7, 2003
    What company makes the brass that you use?
    Does it realy matter?
    Thank You... Keith..
  2. ewallace

    ewallace Well-Known Member

    Mar 17, 2002
    I like Lapua and Norma the Lapua is a harder brass than the Norma and last longer. Consistency is the name of the game and good brass makes a difference.

    Crow Mag
  3. Randy in Va

    Randy in Va Well-Known Member

    Jan 9, 2002
    My choices go RWS, Lapua, and Norma.
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  5. Mysticplayer

    Mysticplayer Well-Known Member

    Jul 27, 2001
    you can do a lot with reg. commerical brass and military brass to get excellent performance. It all depends on the application. If you are BR shooting and have the right equipment, then spend the money and get some lapua brass.

    If developing loads for your off the rack hunting rifle, any commercial brass can be made to shoot better then the accuracy of the rifle.

    Make sure you get them from the same lot. Do the necessary prep work and check the case volumes after they have been fired. Cull any that show distortions, cause flyers, or have varied volumes. This would apply to any brass you buy.

    I have used Lake City brass in my '06 and it shoots sub MOA out past 500yds. The rifle will not do much better. I have used Cdn Nato 308 brass to shoot my smallest group at 250yds (3 shots overlapping). I have also used brass from Win, Fed, and Rem. that shoots 1/2 MOA or better in a variety of prod and rechambered rifles.

    The big issues are your ability to size the brass so it is concentric and fits your chamber closely. Seating the bullets straight and in proper relation to your throat and leade makes a huge difference. Of course, using accurate bullets is a must. Lapua brass and 147gr FMJ from your surplus dealer is not going to impress.

    Powder & primer choice, bullet quality, and improper loading can all affect your accuracy to several MOA at long range. I doubt a SAAMI chamber will be affected much over 1/4MOA by "bad" brass used with good loads.

    Scope parallax will be a bigger issue!!!

    For a hunting rifle, even a LR one, save your money and apply to better dies, scopes, bullets, and components for practising. You only need 3/4MOA to be effective out to 1000yds. Well prepped commerical brass will do better then that.

  6. BountyHunter

    BountyHunter Well-Known Member

    Jun 13, 2007
    Absolutely second the choice on Lapua and Norma if at all possible.

  7. Ronin Rifles

    Ronin Rifles Well-Known Member

    Apr 11, 2002
    Ill second for Lapua, Norma, and RWS(harder to find). Lapua and Norma is only a little more than Fed match brass, or other commercial brass, but alot more consistant. I only use commercial and range brass for my blaster guns and Lapua and Norma for my better guns(accurate).
  8. Michael Eichele

    Michael Eichele Well-Known Member

    Jan 6, 2003
    Also agree on Norma and Lapua. Excellent cases. VERY consistent in weight. Federal GMM is not always consistent in the weight of their brass.
  9. littletoes

    littletoes Well-Known Member

    Apr 12, 2002
    Lapua #1, Norma #2 (use to say #1 1/2, then have heard that they have had some current problems with soft brass), Winchester the most afforable, Remington- DEAD LAST!! Had some problems years ago with Remington brass which I am sure they have resolved, but my memory is Long, and unforgiving! Don't use anything Remington, except rifles! HA HA! getting kinda confrontational, ain't I?