Re: Cases which brand is the best
It depends, to a large extent, on what caliber you are loading.
I bought several thousand rounds of 9mm. Mostly PMC or WWB. Could not buy brass and load it for what they used to sell it for. Waaaay back, when I bought my first 357, WW 38 Wadcutter Target ammo was 8 bucks a box. Once again, I could not buy new 38 brass, and load it for that price. So I bought lots of it.
I have noticed, with 32 ACP, that Federal brass, when I bell it, has a pronounced bulge in the case. I don't know the reason, and it does not happen with other brands, but it does with every FC case I try. I no longer attempt to reload Federal 32s, and if buying factory ammo, would buy someone else's if at all possible.
In rifle cartridges, Winchester brass is usually thinner. Thicker brass takes less powder to give you the same ballistics. In pistol cartridges, Starline is the thickest I've seen.
There's not really a "this is best, so buy it" brand, but there are a couple of "these are crap, so don't buy them" brands. Stay away - FAR FAR AWAY - from A-Merc ammo. Also sold as American Ammunition. If buying surplus 7.62 NATO, stay away from Indian ammo.
Nickel plated brass is pretty and shiny, but work-hardens quicker and fails sooner. If at all possible, stay away from it.
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