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Offline LRPV

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« Reply #15 on: 08:28 AM, 04/03/13 »
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  • I saw a box of Winchester silver tip bullets on our walk through the plant. I had always assumed that these bullets were made by Nosler. Who knows what all they are making. I have never used any of their brass but I can't find anything wrong with the V-max and A-max bullet lines for what I use them for. The 53 grain V-max, 75 grain A-max, 105 grain A-max in my opinion have no equals as far as high BC varmint bullets.

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    « Reply #16 on: 08:40 AM, 04/03/13 »
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  • FWIW to the OP, I have a box of Hornady .22 Hornet ammo that, when fired, about a third of them have the flash hole way off center.
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    « Reply #17 on: 09:19 AM, 04/03/13 »
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  • As per the last reply about Hornet brass - I think Hornady's brass quality was questionable early on. Too many reports of primer pockets not standing up to repeated loadings, etc. to ignore. But from what I'm seeing right now, the quality has improved measurably. I recently bought a 500pc box of 6 HAGAR brass by Hornady, and though I'm just getting into shooting with it, so far, it's been very, very good. Primer pockets are good 'n snug, neck wall thickness is uniform, and loaded round TIR is as good as most of the ammo I use Lapua brass for (6BR, 6 Dasher, 6x47, 6.5x47, 6.5x55). Also - check out what the guys on the 6.8 SPC forum have to say about Hornady 6.8 SPC brass vs. SSA or R-P - very positive reports there, too.

    From my own perspective, I've seen several pieces of Lapua 6.5x47 & 6.5x284 that were defective right out of the box - splits in necks, extractor grooves not cut deeply enough to fit in a #3 shellholder, etc. When you're forced to pay a premium price for ANY brand of brass, you have every right to expect premium quality. I'm not saying the 6 HAGAR brass was a bargain - I paid 75 cents/piece, even purchasing in case quantity - but at least every single one of those 500 cases was in good condition, and with no flaws that I've found yet. Wouldn't it be great to have an American company making brass of comparable quality to the best European brands?

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    « Reply #18 on: 08:27 PM, 04/03/13 »
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  • I've always really liked Hornady brass until I got my savage 338 lapua. If I shoot Hornady brass I have to pound the bolt open. That's with factory Hornady  ammo. I've used Norma and lapua without it happening once.

    Interesting - definitely a case of "your experience may differ", I guess. To initially get brass for my Savage 110BA 338 Lapua I went ahead and bought Hornady ammo so that I didn't have to load before sighting in and break-in. Performance has been fine and no problems with rifle function, and the brass has proven to be first rate. Since it was all that anyone had in stock at the time I was ordering, I also use Hornady brass in my 6.5 Grendel and 6.5 Creedmore; again, the brass has been first rate, especially for the price.


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