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View Poll Results: Who makes the best brass for handgun reloading?
Hornady 1 1.79%
Magtech 0 0%
Remington 2 3.57%
Speer 2 3.57%
Starline 28 50.00%
Winchester 14 25.00%
Other - please specify... 2 3.57%
Doesn't matter, all brass is equal! 7 12.50%
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Old June 29, 2006, 06:13 PM   #1
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Best brass for handgun reloading...


Let's formalize this in a poll. Anyone who handloads or used to, please vote so we can see where the majority of us fall. Let us know why you voted how you did!
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Old June 29, 2006, 06:21 PM   #2
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Pretty much, for Rifles it is Lapua and Norma. I have measured .45 ACP in a number of brands, including military brass. Top Brass, made by Scharch is perhaps the most dimensionally consistent American-made pistol brass I've seen, with Starline close on its heels.

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Old June 29, 2006, 06:57 PM   #3
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Amerc FTW!

Why wasn't Amerc listed! That is great stuff!

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Old June 29, 2006, 07:24 PM   #4
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Federal fan here.
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Old June 29, 2006, 10:23 PM   #5
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best brass?

As a general thing I checked Winchester. In specific for My 30-06 I have a lot of Mil Surp. Lake City brass that I think highly of. I also have a bunch of Mil Surp. .45ACP brass that I have reloaded countless times. Now if you loading 30-06 and come across brass marked LC Match. OH MY!
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Old June 30, 2006, 08:10 AM   #6
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All seem to work well for my general day to day paper punching activities. I have tens of thousands of rounds of misc handgun brass that I have collected over the years, they all live together (seperated by cal ofcourse). I just scoop out what I need and load away, as they split, they get trashed. Probably 1 in 500 show fatigue, I throw them all in a bucket and when the bucket is full, I will seperate them out by headstamp, I have noticed no "real" trend. This is by no means a scientific method, but for general handgun shooting I dont notice much difference. If they will run a ragged 2-3" hole at 15 yds, thats good enough for me. I'm no kinda serious bullseye shooter, but those that are will have their own opinion.
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Old July 2, 2006, 11:15 AM   #7
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45 ACP = IMI

41 Action Express = IMI (utterly unable to wear it out)

9x21 = GFL

38 Super = Remington nickeled

357 Magnum = hmmmm, Winchester

41/44/45 Colt = Remington (only because its thin walls allow more room -- KABOOM!); in fact I prefer R-P cases for much development work simply because they show pressure signs sooner.....

45 Colt = Federal (see they're finally offering it as a component)

I currently use lots.........
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Old July 2, 2006, 11:36 AM   #8
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1st starline
2nd winchester

semi auto handgun
once fired mixed, I never find it any way

1st winchester
2nd remington

semi auto rifle
reloaded lc brass and bulk bullets
Will work for brass.

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Old July 5, 2006, 02:51 AM   #9
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My wheelguns and target guns get starline. my autos get winchester. my AKs get whatever i can lay my hands on that goes BOOM

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Old July 5, 2006, 04:33 AM   #10
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I'm not picky about which brand of brass I get for .38/.357, but do not try reloading aluminum or steel shells. Those are meant to be cheap throw-aways, and should be regarded as such.
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Old July 5, 2006, 04:35 AM   #11
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I'm in tune with Zeisloft on this one.

Range pickups go in a (handgun) caliber specific bucket, random selection come reload time.

The plan is to shoot them until they split, but so far that's never happened; likely due to the sheer and growing number in the bucket and the "soft" target loads I use.

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Old July 7, 2006, 02:50 PM   #12
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I said Winchester simply because that is what I buy when I have to. Most of the time I use what ever friends may have saved for me. It all gets looked over for problems though.
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Old July 7, 2006, 03:44 PM   #13
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My favorite brand is "FREE".
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