View Full Version : Brass Shot Shells

February 14, 2012, 03:48 PM
Does anyone know of a manufacturer other than Magtech or RMC? I am looking for a shell that will accept 209 primers, RMC will of course, but man are they pricey!! And Magtech it seems only are made for LP primers. Thanks

February 14, 2012, 05:34 PM
They're pricey but if you don't crimp them they will last a couple of lifetimes.

Fingers McGee
February 14, 2012, 11:34 PM
Large Pistol Primers in the Magtechs work just fine. RCBS makes a shell holder and decapper for them, and they're way cheaper than RMCs

February 15, 2012, 06:54 AM
Large pistol primers also tend to be cheaper than 209 primers.

February 15, 2012, 12:11 PM
Thanks for your input guys. So do I presume correctly that there are no other mfrs of brass shotshells? As for relative costs of primers, I believe the last 209s I bought were $4/100. Not sure how much cheaper LPs can be to make that big of a different to me. No offense meant, just sayin' is all...

Fingers McGee
February 15, 2012, 01:03 PM
Thanks for your input guys. So do I presume correctly that there are no other mfrs of brass shotshells?

Not currently, that I am aware of.

February 15, 2012, 01:35 PM
Rocky Mountain Cartridge probably makes some of the best brass shotshells for reloading.


February 15, 2012, 01:48 PM
There are old shotshells out there too like those made by Winchester.
If anyone has the old style all brass shotshells, I have a box of #157 primers (1,000 count) that fit them (they look like 209 primers but are smaller).

February 15, 2012, 02:13 PM
Yeah, for the cost I guess I will go with the Magtech's for now. I was hoping to simplify things by not having to buy different primers for this, that and the other... I may invest in a few of the RMC shells as time goes along but I have other priorities ahead of that. Thanks to all.

Andy Griffith
February 16, 2012, 12:17 AM
All you really need are the shellholders to help seat the primers straight- no other special case tools are needed.

CH4D makes shellholders to fit standard metallic single stage reloading presses in all standard shotgun gauges- and they are reasonable too.

I agree there is no reason to crimp the shells unless you're running them through a repeating action firearm that will not take them unless crimped.

Getting the crimp back out is the more difficult part, as shooting does not blow the crimp back out- and loading is out of the question with a crimped case.