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Old October 1, 2012, 04:42 PM   #11
FrankenMauser
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It changes every time I get a new lot of brass, and on a per-cartridge basis. But, in general, I would rank them about like so for rifle cartridges:
(Preferred, to 'meh'.)
LC
RG/FA
R-P
Win (older production -- newer production is down with FC and PMC in the "complete trash" category.)
PPU
S&B
PMC
FC

And, if you can afford a couple extra nickels or dimes per case:
Lapua
Norma
Nosler
But, with rifle cases, you can bring just about anything up to Lapua/Norma/Nosler quality levels if you're willing to do a little sorting, trimming, and deburring. It's just a matter of time and patience.
(And not starting with trash like PMC or FC.)

Revolver (jacketed or standard lead bullets):
Win
Starline
CBC
FC
R-P

Revolver (wadcutters):
R-P
W-W (old production)
Win
FC
CBC (thick case walls don't work as well as other brands)
Starline (thick case walls don't work as well as other brands)

Semi-Auto:
Win
FC (drawn cases)
Starline
CBC
R-P
Various surplus cases
Blazer/CCI/Federal/"FC dot"/"dot FC dot"/Speer (extruded cases)
Speer nickel (cannelured)
I could go on for a bit, with this one. I have more than 60 different head stamps for 9mm, alone.
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