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Norma Brass

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by F106 Fan, Sep 25, 2012.

  1. F106 Fan

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    I will soon have a 2d .308 bolt action rifle. I have been using Lapua brass with me existing Steyr SSG and neck sizing only.

    With the second rifle, and again, neck sizing only, I was thinking about using some other brand of brass to make case separation a little easier.

    I see I can get Norma brass and, perhaps, Nosler brass but I was wondering if the brass was considered the equal of Lapua.

    Any thoughts? If there are other brands I should consider in the context of precision reloading, I'm open to suggestions.

    If there is no equal then I'll just have to keep the brass separated by batch. It's not a big problem but it will take two batches in the tumbler instead of one.

    Richard
     
  2. PhantomF4E

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    You will be hard pressed to find brass equal to or better than Lapua. However , load what you have in your favorite flavor and see how the gun shoots. If it is accurate enough and consistent enough for your application , you are good to go . I just use a sharpie marker and mark the headstamp. Makes seperating the brass a bit easier before tossing them in the cleaner. I get excellent results out of plain jane Win and Rem brass. But I am not presently shooting in excess of 500yds . After that the little stuff starts to matter !
     

    Last edited: Sep 25, 2012

  3. Boxerglocker

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    For what it's worth. I've come across this topic several times and the consensus I see over at the Sniperhide and 6mmBR is that Norma brass is considered to be real close if not equal to Lapua.
     
  4. F106 Fan

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    I should have searched over at Sniperhide...

    I think I'm going to try to keep the brass separate until I have a load that works for the new rifle. Then I'll consider moving one rifle or the other over to Norma.

    If it works out, great! If not, coloring the base with a Sharpie isn't out of the question.

    Richard
     
  5. Hoser

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    I have several hundred pcs of once fired Norma 308 brass and a couple hundred pcs of 6XC. I found it was slightly softer than the Lapua.

    Stick with Lapua or cut bait and shoot Winchester brass inside 600 yards.
     
  6. F106 Fan

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    I have no problem with continuing with Lapua brass. I just bought some more 6.5x284 and .308. I'll probably get another hundred .308 in the near future.

    I'll just mark the base.

    I bought the rifle but now I have to come up with a scope. Nothing in my inventory is nearly adequate for the new rifle.

    Nightforce 3.5-15x50 F1 NXS is on the shortlist.

    Richard
     
  7. fredj338

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    TOugh to beat Lapua. I have used just about all brands in some caliber or another. IMO, Lapua is #1, RWS a very close #2, then Norma. I also like Nosler Custom & Hornady, all in rifle.
     
    Last edited: Sep 26, 2012