PPU Brass yea or nae

P7M13

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I use PPU for 7mm-08, 6.5x55 and 6.5 Grendel. Good brass, >3 reloads on many. Have noted with a few 6.5x55 that the rim depth is too thick and it won't fit in my shell holder.
 

catamountsierra

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Most of my 7mm-08 brass is PPU. It was well annealed, and more uniform in weight and dimensions than the Winchester brass that I bought for my 284 Win. The flashholes were all nice and round too with minimal inside burs. Overall, good stuff. Not on par with Lapua or Norma, but better than the Federal, Winchester, or Remington cases in my experience.
 

Its204fast

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Most of my 7mm-08 brass is PPU. It was well annealed, and more uniform in weight and dimensions than the Winchester brass that I bought for my 284 Win. The flashholes were all nice and round too with minimal inside burs. Overall, good stuff. Not on par with Lapua or Norma, but better than the Federal, Winchester, or Remington cases in my experience.
I havent used any virgin rem brass for anything, but i have used a little winchester and it seemed really soft, not to mention the QC issues with their brass recently. I'd love to be able to afford Norma or Lapua brass but I can't justify it (mostly because I don't anneal...yet)

I've used Hornady for most everything but cant find any in stock and knew PPU makes good ammo so based off that I ordered it. It's funny you never hear anything good or bad about Hornady brass.
 

catamountsierra

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With the 284, I bought 400 Winchester cases and managed to get 100 of those within a 1gr weight spread after neck turning and removing nasty burrs in the flash holes; the total weight range for 400 cases was over 7gr. I bought 200 Norma cases when they became available and had a total weight range of 1.4gr and 100 with less than a .5gr spread. 200 of the Norma cases cost about the same as 400 Winchester cases. With the 7mm-08, the spread for the PPU cases was about the same as the 50 Norma cases I have for it.

As for annealing, I put together a salt bath annnealer using a Lee lead pot and a PID that I got off of Amazon. It holds 500 +-2 Celsius all day long, and does a nice even job of it. 223AI cases get a 4 second dip to just past the shoulder, the 284 cases get 7 seconds dipped just past the shoulder. I know I'm not heating the base too much because I am working with bare fingers...
 

Lowlander

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I'm reloading some PPU 223 cases right now, I agree I prefer them to Rem, Fed cases I've loaded. I'm on 3x some of this batch of PPU 223 brass. I have some PPU 308 brass too, all the PPU 223/308 brass I have is from factory PPU match loads. I don't think there is really a difference though. I would say you are good to go...
 

Calvin45

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It’s very good brass in my .300 win mag. No regrets, especially for the price I paid new.

my observations:

it is both softer and less roomy than Winchester brass. It doesn’t have the longevity in the case head area but it also is less prone to neck splitting, not brittle. It also starts out with significantly tighter primer pockets in my experience so total round count at moderate pressure is a draw. But for redline type loads I stay with Winchester, greater capacity and can take more pressure. No experience with the good stuff ie Peterson, adg...

it is harder/tougher by far than federal, and has more capacity.

the big surprise is that it is more consistent by far than either. I weighed them all and ppu is waaaay tighter tolerance than any of the big 3 American brass (federal, Remington, Winchester), again in my very modest experience (bought 100 pieces ppu, about the same of the others).

capable of great accuracy and good case life if not seeking 70kpsi territory. No regrets. Happy shooting.
 

Dean2

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Have used PPU in 22 H to 375 H&H. It was all very good brass. On par with old Winchester at quite a lot lower price point. At any price it is my favourite 7x57, 7x57R and 22 H brass. In all these cases I can load at least 15 times, no annealing, neck sized. I do not lose primer pockets on any brass as I never load to the ragged edge.
 

JMW67

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Have used PPU in 22 H to 375 H&H. It was all very good brass. On par with old Winchester at quite a lot lower price point. At any price it is my favourite 7x57, 7x57R and 22 H brass. In all these cases I can load at least 15 times, no annealing, neck sized. I do not lose primer pockets on any brass as I never load to the ragged edge.
good to hear fixing to try some in the hornet
 

338weatherby

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Glad to hear this is good brass. I’ve been shooting PPU in my 9.3x62 and plan on using it. Way cheaper buying factory PPU and acquiring the brass for reloading then buying nosler.
 

Its204fast

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It’s very good brass in my .300 win mag. No regrets, especially for the price I paid new.

my observations:

it is both softer and less roomy than Winchester brass. It doesn’t have the longevity in the case head area but it also is less prone to neck splitting, not brittle. It also starts out with significantly tighter primer pockets in my experience so total round count at moderate pressure is a draw. But for redline type loads I stay with Winchester, greater capacity and can take more pressure. No experience with the good stuff ie Peterson, adg...

it is harder/tougher by far than federal, and has more capacity.

the big surprise is that it is more consistent by far than either. I weighed them all and ppu is waaaay tighter tolerance than any of the big 3 American brass (federal, Remington, Winchester), again in my very modest experience (bought 100 pieces ppu, about the same of the others).

capable of great accuracy and good case life if not seeking 70kpsi territory. No regrets. Happy shooting.
I had a problem with belt bulge with some other brass and had. I was neck sizing and switched back to FL and the problem didn't improve, I ended up pulling a couple handfuls of rounds because they wouldn't chamber.
 

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