Who makes the best brass?

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  1. Shawn 3212

    Shawn 3212

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    I’m looking at Lake City for 5.56 brass, I haven’t heard anything about starline and only a little about Norma. I don’t know much, some advice would be appreciated. Is Lake City better than the above mentioned manufacturers? What other companies make high quality brass? I am looking at 5.56 brass specifically, but I am also reloading for other calibers.
    9mm
    10mm
    .45 ACP
    .308 Winchester
    .243 Winchester
    .270 Winchester
    There may be a few more I neglected to mention, I can’t remember all of them.

    :dunno:
     
  2. MrGlock21

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    Nosler, Lapua, Norma, Hornady... lots of good stuff out there, just look for which one is on discount.
     

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    Lapua #1, rws right behind, Norma, Hornady right there.
    Starline makes great handgun brass so I would expect theur rifle brass to be good as well.
     
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    NAZG26 Lost in transit

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    I like starline for handgun
     
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    Starline is an excellent company with top notch customer service.
     
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    SARDG Florida's Left Coast

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    I've used thousands of Starline 9mil and .45 and have had great luck with it.
     
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    SmokelessPowder Consummate Reloader

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    Best for what? Single use, long life, bolt gun, gas gun...
     
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    For handgun brass, I will buy no other than Starline.

    Curious about their rifle brass. Like Fred says, I also imagine it would be great too.

    Winchester rifle brass has been a pretty good value for me.
     
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  9. Hoser

    Hoser Ninja

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    Lapua for rifles.

    Starline for pistols.
     
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    SBray NRA & Second Amendment Life Member

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    I like Starline brass because it's good quality and reasonably priced. But the reality is, with todays technology, it's easy to find many companies that produce quality brass.

    The brass I avoid are brands that make cheap factory ammo. They have to cut costs somewhere, and brass is the first place they probably start!

    Steve
     
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    cheygriz God Bless Trump

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    Lake City for all military calibers.

    Starline
    Remington
    Speer
    Winchester
    Federal,
    it's pretty much all good.
     
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    Almost anything but Federal for rifle brass.
     
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    Starline also makes brass for some of the above mentioned names.
     
  14. jmorris

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    I always had good luck with Starline pistol brass but did get a failure with mild loads in a new batch of them once.

    Sectioned one and found a jagged parting line in it vs the smooth radius that’s normally there, where the previous case failed.

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    Has me QC’ing their QC dept since.

    Lapua is top shelf but I don’t use it for 3 gun matches. The benefit doesn’t outweigh the cost in all situations. What are your intentions? What are your results now? What are your expectations?
     
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    That's pretty interesting. Did you pass along to the folks at Starline? If so, what did they say. They've been really good to deal with in my experience.
     
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    Three-Five-Seven Señor Mombo Millennium Member

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    Lapua is the only rifle brass I've found that is chamfered at the inside of the flash hole. All others I've used have sprue at that critical location. That's important to me as a time-saver when first bringing new brass on-line.

    I, like many others who've responded here, have migrated to only using Starline in pistols. I use it because it is the only brass that goes through the bulge buster without undue force. Presumably it is a higher quality alloy than other brands.

    Depending on the application, I'd try Starline's rifle brass. In fact, I'm working up a new (to me) Swedish Mauser and was hopeful Starline would have that caliber. Sadly, they did not.
     
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    I was developing loads for a manufacturer at the time I did give them the remaining brass, sectioned case, photos and data I completed with my own brass. I was later told they had exchanged the brass but didn’t get any other details.

    FWIW that is the only time I have had an issue with their brass but it makes me take a closer look, these days.
     
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    You're not going to buy 9mm brass, are you?

    If you can't find 9mm brass at the range, buy a case of quality 9mm factory ammo, it's a far better value than buying 9mm brass. I like the Mag Tech 115 FMJ ammo, and the brass is great (CBC head stamp).
     
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    But, but, but... then I would have to shoot Magtech 115s to get to the brass. :crying:
    I haven't shot factory 115s for years.
    Truthfully though, you can buy cheap ammo for close to the price of Starline new brass.
     
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    I would hate to buy empty brass at the prices I have seen. Just have fun with some factory ammo and save the brass.

    Im blessed in having all the law enforcement qualification brass I will ever want.