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Brass

I am currently looking to purchase some brass for my .357 Mag and I'm finding some intresting comments at the midwayusa site.  First, I usually get brass from friends, but I'm the only guy in my current squadron with a .357.  Thus, I'm forced to spend money frown So, as I look at product reviews about the brass sold on midway, I'm seeing quite a few concerning comments.  I normally consider Winchester and Remington high quality brass.  I would think if buying either brand as new, you would receive what you expect.  But some guys are saying the brass received was too short, primer pocket too tight and needed to be reamed out, some ordered 500 but received less, etc.  I see similiar comments with Magtech and Starline brass as well.  My question is this - has anyone else had similiar experiences when ordering brass?  Does anyone have a good supplier you'd be willing to share??  I'm a pretty cheap guy, when I spend money - I expect to receive what I paid for.

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Midway

I have never had anything but great service from Midway, understand they dont actually make brass or most anything they are just and outlet like any other place. Just for information some other places are midsouthshooter supply, grafs and sons, natchez ect. Google the brass you want and youll find a hundred places carrying it all carrying the same thing so it doesnt really matter where you get your brass other then price point.

Also if a purchase isnt correct Midway will make it right with you AND they ship almost same day.

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I couldn't start to tell you

I couldn't start to tell you how much brass that I have bought over the years and with no problems what so ever.  Most times you will end up with a couple more since when they package the brass in bulk it is weighed and not counted so you will at times get a couple more.  Just remember that usually the ones that are commenting on the brass are the ones that had a problem out of thousands of others that had no problem at all. 

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  Quote; "I'm a pretty cheap

 

Quote; "I'm a pretty cheap guy, when I spend money - I expect to receive what I paid for."

That's not cheap, thats smart!  Unless we demand what we pay for, it will soon become the norm to deliver less.  While they may package by weight, if they claim they are selling me 100 rds, there darned well better be a min of 100 rds in the package or they should expect to be hearing from me.

I have had good luck with several brands of brass. I tend to gravitate toward Remington brass as when I started out reloading, it was readily available.  I too have read reviews on some bulk brass being less than good in some instances.  The last 2 bundles of 100 that I purchased were just fine.  No dents, bubbles or crushed necks. I usually wait for it to come on sale before I purchase.  I agree that Midways service is second to none. If there is a problem, they will make it right.

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Can I assume you guys are all

Can I assume you guys are all treating the new brass you buy like fired brass and run it through your sizing die and check trim length, etc.

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All brass that you get from

All brass that you get from anyone weather it is brand new out of a factory box or from a friend that picks it up at the range should be inspected, full length resized, and checked for length before reloading it.  I have never had a problem with new bulk brass being too long but it doesn't hurt to check it and it only takes a few minutes for a hundred rounds.  That along with checking the primer pocket should be standard procedure for any brass. 

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The bulk brass from

The bulk brass from winchester or remington should be fine, if its not send it back to the manufacturer.  For inexpensive brass, you don't really have many other choices others than those you listed.  PMC was making brass once and I think Priva Partisan was being imported at one time as well, but I don't think those are widely available.  You might be able to pick up some once fired brass from one of the auction sites.

However if you want quality brass and want to spend the bucks go for rws, norma, lapua, or nosler.  Although the cost really isn't worth it just for plinking.

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don't know

The only brass I have bought factory new was 12 gauge all brass hulls.  I've had great service from Midway on everything else but I just can't bring myself to buy brass when there is so much laying at ranges for free or available once fired at low cost.

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Length on brass shouldnt be a

Length on brass shouldnt be a thing to worry about as your going to size it anyway and probably trim. With bulk brass or any "cheap" brass the  real concern is primer pocket size and depth which was one of the issues with Privi brass.

If you want concitacy you have to pay for it. I Load alot of match loads and used about all of them,Lapua is best and actually winchester and Norma tied second. For MATCh it averages 1:100 gets discarded with others its 10:100. Ofcourse Im speaking rifle. If you dont have a matched and tuned chamber barrel youll never see the differance.

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