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Old October 12, 2000, 09:44 AM   #1
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I'm looking for .308 brass, but it looks like I might as well buy bulk loaded cartridges. Example: I can buy loaded IMI .308 cartridges at 1K for $168, but 1K of Winchester cases by themselves cost over $200. (roughly the same with Remington, and more for Federal, Laupa, Norma, and such). Is there a place to get cheap .308 cases, or should I just buy the IMI bulk?

BTW, is the IMI "mil-spec"?
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Old October 12, 2000, 11:32 AM   #2
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try www.southernbellebrass.com I have used them several times and their service is very good.
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Old October 12, 2000, 11:43 AM   #3
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also try http://www.gibrass.com for once-fired USGI brass. That will be mil-spec.

Almost every item at GIBrass is genuine G.I. and they frequently have 7.62 stuff in stock.

Three caveats:
The G.I. cases have less internal capacity and run hotter pressures (sometimes even unsafe!) with powder charges developed for lighter commercial brass.

The SAAMI .308 chamber (and throat?) are a bit tighter than USGI. The differences *usually* do not make a difference...

SAAMI .308 is loaded to higher pressure than USGI specs. Internet rumor has it that this is only a problem with some really old bolt guns rechambered to 7.62 NATO, such as the Ishapore SMLEs. Otherwise, the enginered safety margin in the guns makes the 7.62 units strong enough to handle U.S. commercial .308 full-power loads.
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Old October 12, 2000, 11:53 AM   #4
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some of you guys are forgetting that ebay sometime has great deals there you might not know who you are dealing with but people are rated and have both good and bad feedback.

Of course its all at your own risk!

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Old October 12, 2000, 05:26 PM   #5
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Scharch's has 100% processed (including trimming) .308 brass for $65 per thousand, shipped. The unprocessed is around $50 per thousand, shipped.
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Old October 12, 2000, 08:50 PM   #6
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If the processed brass includes removing military primer crimp, that is DEFINITELY the way to go.

I have the RCBS primer pocket swedging tool but it is still a pain in the you-know.

Gut it up and size and trim and otherwise prepare ALL your brass so you're ready to load on a progressive press.

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Old October 12, 2000, 11:06 PM   #7
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Shotgun news allways has once fired brass advertised.Both military and nonmilitary.
1- 308 military once fired.35-1000 pus shipping.Jerry-405-284-6869
2-308 never fired,FN primed,59-1000.Pat
330-833-3843 or email-PFMcDon@aol.com
I have dealt with Pat before and was very pleased with product and service.

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Old October 13, 2000, 01:47 AM   #8
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Beemerb. I believe that FN brass may be Berdan primed. I picked up a bunch at the range, and they were all two holers.
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Old October 13, 2000, 10:57 AM   #9
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Does Scharch's have a web site or Ph#?
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Old October 13, 2000, 02:34 PM   #10
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Paul B;
I think I have seen it both ways.The only way to know on this stuff is to call.

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Old October 13, 2000, 06:36 PM   #11
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The 100% processed does include de-crimping the primer pocket. Scharch's website is scharch.com. Their phone number is (800)836-4683. I've bought several thousand pieces of brass from them, and I'm a happy customer. One thing that I suggest is neck-sizing your brass, just to insure sufficient neck tension.
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Old October 13, 2000, 10:16 PM   #12
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Looks like I'll be calling Scharch's soon. Where in Colorado are they? I live in Co...maybe I could just go and pick it up.
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Old October 13, 2000, 10:39 PM   #13
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Old October 14, 2000, 12:07 AM   #14
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Oh, that's so cool! I think I might have to make a trip soon.

Does the military 100% processed brass have all the same headstamp?

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