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Anyone know who makes Hornady brass? I'm looking for some decent brass - can't find Lapua.
There are rumors it is federal,norma,what have you.It is fairly good brass.What caliber are you looking for?
The girl that gave me a tour of the plant last week told me that they make their brass in house. We didn't go by that part so I cannot confirm it, that is just what I was told.
Yeah, I always thought they make their own brass too...
Nosler is the one that outsources all their brass.
The local gunshop had several boxes of Lapua 6.5-284 a couple weeks ago. If you don't find any PM me. I'll see if they still have any & pick it up for you if you like.
In my my minimal experience with Hornady brass (375 Ruger and 204 Ruger) it is equal in quality to Norma brass, perhaps even a little better with certain lots.
I have used Federal and Norma brass in the past and there is a noticeable difference in softness between those two manufacturers and Hornady brass.
Nosler is just weight sorted and prepped Norma brass. So basically you pay more for Nosler to do some footwork on brass for you.
Hornady brass in 30-30 is probably the best there is. It's a bit heavier than other brands but the primer pockets are near perfect and tight. They also weigh out very close and the brass just feels like quality.
Just worked on 150 pcs of Hornady brass,and I'd put it up there with Lapua,and yes I've used Lapua to compare to.The necks had very little dents to none in them and I really didn't have to trim that much off the necks from case to case.I too was able to pick up some Hornady brass at the range I use,and its holding up pretty well.Thats why I bought the new brass to work with.I'll buy again and again,just wish it came in 100 and not 50.
I used it for a 220 Swift awhile back.
Worked just fine, and didn't stretch anymore than anything else does...maybe a bit less actually.
Hornady makes all of their brass in house.
The general public would be quite amazed with who they make bullets for as well.
Main difference between Lapua and other brass is primer pocket strength. Although I have been very pleased with my Hornady brass, Lapua will always be at the top of the food chain in the brass world.
I work with a guy that used to work at the Hornady plant in Nebraska. He said they did bullets among other things for alot of big name companies.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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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