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Old April 13, 2012, 09:04 PM   #1
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Prvi Partisan brass worth reloading?

Reason I ask is I just bought a 338 Lapua. I have 3 boxes of Prvi Partisan ammo that I got for 55$ a box. Lapua brass is 300$ for 100. I figured I could buy 3 more boxes of Prvi for the same price as 100 brass, and then weigh them for consistency and pick the best 100. But I haver had any experience with Prvi ammo. Thanks for the help!
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Old April 13, 2012, 10:26 PM   #2
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No experience with their .338.

I can say, however, that their .45 ACP and .223 Rem. brass is perfectly fine. I've reloaded lots of them with good results.

Hornady also sells some "rare" ammo under its name but it's made by PPU and has their headstamp. As an example, my brother in law has an Arisaka his father brought back from the BIG ONE. He bought a box of Hornady/Prvi for it and has reloaded the brass several times with good results.

Whether this good experience translates into good Prvi .338 Lapua ammo or brass I don't know, but I'd certainly go into the proposition with a positive outlook.
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Old April 13, 2012, 10:45 PM   #3
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Almost all my 7.62x54 is PP. The rest is Norma. Really can't tell much difference--they both run great and some are on quite a few reloads with no sign of failure in the near future. Considering the cost to feed the .338 even under reloader's prices (it's a powder hog), I'd say shave a little cost wherever you can.
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Old April 13, 2012, 10:46 PM   #4
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I've never had a bad experience with it. It's pretty good brass and good ammo generally.

I used some in a competition a few times in 6.5x55 swedish. For calibres like this, Prvi, Lapua and Norma are the only makers that make brass in the correct dimensions.

And for my 303 british, its thicker brass means it lasts longer as well.

I wouldn't hesitate to use it in any calibre
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Old April 14, 2012, 05:35 PM   #5
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Cool Thanks yall. I figured for the same price of 100 brass I would have more fun shooting 120 rounds. Thanks for the help!
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Old April 14, 2012, 05:36 PM   #6
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I've been using it in 7.5x55 for a number of years and I don't think it is any worse than the Norma that I have used. I would get some.
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Old April 14, 2012, 05:59 PM   #7
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Just like all other Norma, all 100 pieces will weigh the same which means same internal volume.

I would bet the PPU will be all over the place weight wise.

Getting good groups at extreme ranges requires anal case prep.

Buy 300 PPU and POSSIBLY end up with 100 that have the same internal volume, or buy 100 Norma and get 100 identical pieces.

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Old April 14, 2012, 07:08 PM   #8
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What you say about Norma consistency is true. With a sub-MOA rifle you can probably tell the difference. In my K-31 and 1889, I cannot and the Prvi lasts just as long and my K-31's shoot into less than 2" with both types of brass.

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Old April 14, 2012, 09:57 PM   #9
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That was my major concern was the different weights. I already have three boxes (60 rounds) of Prvi ammo. That's why I was considering juts buying 3 more and then trying to use that brass. I shot one box today, so I guess I will weigh those and find out the variations. If it is bad, then I will just buy the Lapua brass.
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Old April 15, 2012, 02:53 PM   #10
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I've had very good luck with PPU (cyrillic "NNY") brass.

In some instances, with certain cartridges, it has even proven to be superior to Win, Rem, or FC brass.

S&B brass, on the other hand... that's a toss-up. Most of it sucks, but it's decent for a few specific cartridges.
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Old April 15, 2012, 04:38 PM   #11
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I have 20 pieces that I have been using in 7.62x54R all I had to do was debur, and uniform the flash holes on them. With the loads I shoot I can not tell the difference between them and Norma brass from the holes in the paper.

I have reloaded a lot of their .223 Rem and they work just fine.
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Old April 15, 2012, 06:56 PM   #12
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I've reloaded .45 acp, 9mm and 8x57 without any problems.
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Old April 15, 2012, 09:58 PM   #13
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I use that brass to reload for my 30-06 loads the brass has worked so far with about 3 loadings on each piece already. No issues whatsoever
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