Peterson Brass Review

jdyoung

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Patton243 wrote in his beginning post:
"The best part is the guy told me my bushing die was definitely not setup right. The funny thing is I'm not using a Bushing die. I'm using a Redding FL resizer non-bushing with a Carbide insert."

Did you try a different die?

I'm a fan of Redding, and Peterson.
 

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They are the only two brass manufacturers I will recommend. I have had extensive experience with nearly every brass manufacturer. Those aforementioned two companies “get it.”

Everyone else seems content to make a quick buck off unsuspecting shooters with low expectations, bad service, and no ability to hold lot-to-lot consistency. Yet there are glowing reviews for all of it all over the internet. Just goes to show how low most shooters expectations are.
Orkan,
I follow your advice on many things, as well as many others that compete heavily and live and breathe reloading.
This whole section of words should have been left off your message. I recoiled a bit when I read it.
I have Peterson 280AI brass that is neck turned and ready for loading, to replace Nosler. Let's just let the rest of us try our investment in Peterson and report results.
So far, the consistency of wall thickness for me is good.
I will be glad to follow up when weather here in Phoenix is good for development.
You like ADG and Lapua. That's fine.
I think the OP may have had a bad customer experience, but I will not wholesale shut Peterson down until I have the same problem.
Respectfully.....
 
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Before you folks jump all over me, please understand this is my experience from this company. First, I want to say the brass when it arrives from their company is packaged very well. I had no issues with my first firing of any of their brass I used. A few cases, after the second firing, split. This was specifically my 6x47 Lapua I was using. After the third firing of the same lot, I had a few more split. When I went to resize them again, I had approximately 5 cases of 55 split the necks. I called Peterson hopefully to have them remedy the issue and they requested me to send in some of the split cases from the resizer. So I did. I even sent a few cases in after it was fired as they requested. These cases were all cleaned too in a Frankford arsenal water rotary tumbler prior to resizing.

Long story short, this company does not back their product once they got the cases I sent in. They pretty much told me that I need to anneal my cases after every 1-2 firings, I need to have my resizing die adjusted properly, and that I'm more likely than not bumping my shoulder back too much. The best part is the guy told me my bushing die was definitely not setup right. The funny thing is I'm not using a Bushing die. I'm using a Redding FL resizer non-bushing with a Carbide insert. Furthermore, I checked my shoulder bump and it was around 2 thousandths with my Hornady gauge. So with that said, they pretty much didn't respond to me again after I told them what I was doing. It's been almost a month now, so I've come to the conclusion I won't be getting any reimbursement from them let alone another response. I've had Lapua cases shot out of my 6x47 Lapua fired 10+ times never had an issue with necks splitting. The last time I had necks split was when I was using Remington brass years ago.

I also purchased some of their 280 Remington brass and already noticing the same trend as well, but it's too early to make a call on that lot. Once again, I'm using a regular FL resizer and not a bushing. At any event, I want folks to know these guys don't back their product and take no fault in their brass. I will not buy their brass again after this experience. I'm a varmint hunter, and I don't have time to anneal my brass every 1-2 firings as they told me. I never had cases split using Norma, Lapua, or Winchester even like this. If Lapua makes brass buy it over this company. They lost a customer and hopefully people are aware now they don't back their products.
I had purchased 100 pcs 243 brass from Peterson 3 or 4 years ago and found the flash holes had burrs and ragged edges. I called and they asked if I could send some pictures or return the box for a replacement. I sent the box back in and they sent me a new box of 100. The flash holes were better but still not as clean a punch out as they should be. I can't complain about their service as they did replace the product but I haven't purchased any more brass from them. I purchased some Alpha 22 CM brass a few months ago thru Brownell's and I'll have to say, it is stellar brass.
 

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So actually this week I got this. I find it ironic actually. At any event, they claim the brass is being over worked. These cases were not fired 5x. They were fired 3x. As for my shoulder bump it was adjusted to 2 thousandths. Every time I gave them details on something it totally flies over their head. Anyway, they're going to give me another box of brass. As for the mandrel part, I don't really understand TBH. I had no issues when using Lapua brass. So it took them several weeks but they finally responded. Better then never I suppose.
 

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My 338 lapua ai brass has been good. I run rifle hard i got one piece with close 15 firings on and rest is between 6-8 firings primer pockets are still tight and no splitting. I did another lapua ai with adg i had one case split out of 100. Adg would have sent me 100 more if they had it. Owner found two scraps laying around sent them too me. I think they all can have a problem its to bad they didnt take care of you.
 

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This is not good to hear. Like pretty much all the others I’ve had a wonderful experience with my Peterson brass in .300 win mag. But if you’re paying a premium price tag there should be quick recourse should the product disappoint. As @orkan stated, one can rightfully have high expectations if one is paying a high price. I have yet to try adg but hear nothing but praise. Lapua and Peterson are equal and both top tier in my books as well BUT if Lapua stands by their product and listens to their customers better that tips the scales.
 

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Regardless of what one thinks of this brass Mfg., in my opinion, they did what was right, for the customer and them. They did research so as to give their honest opinion. That takes time. Plus, as a result of their research, there is a remedy for the problem. I would be skeptical if their results/opinion came back any quicker. This is not fast food. And 5 cases x 10 in return is nothing to sneeze at.
So, I would take their 50 cases, follow their recommendations for annealing, sizing/resizing and see if they're right. You may get another 50 cases.
 
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Sorry to hear you had a problem I have Peterson 22 creedmoor brass that has been fired 10 times no problems yet have 200, 270 win. Peterson brass I fireformed to 6.5 Sherman and I have not had a problem with them on their 4th reload now
 

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I lost a few virgin cases while fireforming to a wildcat. Split necks and bodies on about five of each out of fifty.

270 and 280AI.
 

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I lost a few virgin cases while fireforming to a wildcat. Split necks and bodies on about five of each out of fifty.

270 and 280AI.
Is that par for the course? No wildcat experience yet. I do know that I lost about that many out of 50 necked .300 win mag up to .358 Norma but they weren’t annealed and not necked in stages, just ran 300 win brass through the .358 resize die and pushed back the shoulder and opened the neck all at once. Most made it just fine.
 

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Sorry to hear you had a problem I have Peterson 22 creedmoor brass that has been fired 10 times no problems yet have 200, 270 win. Peterson brass I fireformed to 6.5 Sherman and I have not had a problem with them on their 4th reload now
On a side note another massive vote in Peterson’s favour is that they make this kind of brass for cartridges like the .270 win, .300 weatherby, and other non-match non military non competition type cartridges.
 

Shane Lindsey

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It was my first short lived wildcat. So do not know, but both cartridge types did the same.

Necked up in stages on the 270. Fired then annealed.
Just necked up to 338 and fired on the 280ai, then annealed.

I could understand losing the necks, but I also had a few split in the body about an inch long or so...

Sorry OP. This day and age, I am kind of in the shoot what you can get. As soon as Lapua or Alpha will make 300 Ultra, I might give them a shot.

In 308 win, I have found inconsistent neck tension/thickness with Lapua. Only get this when seating bullets. Haven't actually measured, but they are tight.
 
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