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We live out in the sticks, road closed until nx May, have to order supplies by mail. I have over 100 lbs powder, 25K primers; enough for all my huntin buddies around here; but got a new 308 & a couple 1911's to reload for. I called Graf, Midway, Sinclair; they are all outta stock of just about everything. Then I called them buggers at Cabelas, they still had it all. Got a couple thou Starline 45 acp brass, Barnes X bullets, XTP bullets, and Lapua 308 brass; happy camper for sure. They gave me free shipping too, but ya got to ask I believe. Now one call to nosler and I'm done broke & got what I want.

Oh Ya, What's another good brand of 308 brass. The Lapau is $69/100, spendy but quality. I need some 308 brass for $25/100. What do you all use?
 

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I particularly like Hornady Match brass. But its a little more than 25/100, closer to 40/100. Not quite as high as Lapua, but comparable in quality IMO.
 

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In a recent magazine test for different brand brass they all came out about the same on number of reload possible and several other features. A person reading the article I think would come out with the opinion based on the article that there is nothing to be gained in using the expensive brass. I use Winchester and Remington brass and have for years with no problems.

Fro durability it is hard to beat once-fired military brass (like Lake City) but the prep work (primer pocket crimp removal) can be a nuisance. While there are tools to help they often don't get all of the crimp and you start to have problems with destroying primers while trying to seat them. For me it seems nothing short of a chamfering tool in the drill press does a totally adequate job. But such crude methods have to be watched closely so you don't ruin the brass by over sizing the chamfer, allowing the primers too easy of a way to fall out with handling of the ammo both in the hands and in the gun.

But we all get to choose.

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I've lost track of how many times I've reloaded my .223 PPU brass. I check it for signs of wear and have retired some cases, but it has lasted me well. My PMC mil spec brass has lasted equally well.
 

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Steve, ya when I said Nosler, I was meaning shooters pro shop; I thought they were owned by Nosler; I must be wrong. I got last bags or 185 45 acp bullets, some 30 cal accupoints in 165 grain, and 9 bags of 30 cal 180 grain nosler partitions. I've got bullets from them in the past; usually they don't have the grain I'm looking for, but for as cheap as they are, I should buy everything I can I guess. Good deal anyway you look at it.
 

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at the local show this am.. not a single primer, case or bit of powder to be found. just a couple old die sets..
 

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JLA, I'm going to pick up some Hornady & Federal match, everybody was out when I called, but there was one place that had match 308, 50 in a bag and ended up being over 50 bucks for a hundred I think; so I just bought the Lapua. Ya know, I really like the SSA 6.8 brass so I called them thinking I could get 308 brass for a reasonable price. It was $55 at SSA, so I deferred to the Lapua again.

Ya know in a couple more months prices might go up so much, I'll wish I bought more right now; only so much money to spend every month I guess. I'll get more nx month just the same.
 

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I got a decent stash of weight sorted Hornady Match brass. Many thanks to 312 shooter here.. I cant stand to shoot my .308 and not have holes touching
 

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LD, and everybody: Thanks for the info; you guys are light years ahead of me; I've just started reloading a couple years back and I really appreciate your help & knowledge.

When I got drafted, was sent to Korea; lived in the ville, had it made; VD & crabs & NSU were my only dangers. My nx door neighbor is around 65-66 years old, was attached to Seal Team 3 with the riverienes when he was 20 in the Mekong Delta around 66-67. Every time the wifey bakes something, I always take a pie or rolls down to his cabin and he starts showing me all his pictures & relives various missions where they inserted Seals & Rangers by boat into Cambodia. After seeing all the picts with all the names & faces and watching, listening to his stories which I don't think are bull; he can't fake the way he looks. So anyway, he was telling me the difference between 762x51 & 308 was the hardness or makeup I guess you'd call it of the brass; as per manufacturer. He said he had a full auto BAR as they had just got the M-16s. He said that when the 50 cals on the bow and also with other guns; once they stopped firing, they be so hot that rounds would cook off and it was a problem of sorts. I thought he said the makeup of the brass also had something to do with it, that I should be buying 762x51 over 308 or military brass instead. I got this 308 Scar and I'll never shoot many rounds out of it, just a hunting gun. What I'm getting at and my question is: Should I be ordering 762x61 mil spec brass if it's $55/hundred (SSA) or buy Lapua 308 brass, or just any cheaper brass I can find in either 762x51 or 308 win for this Scar? Does it matter for reloading? I've seen dents in the neck of 308 brass outta Scars and hear it's common and no real problem; but got to shorten life of brass. So what brass should I be getting for this Scar? Thanks To Everybody
 

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Cant beat the milspec brass for durability..
 

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boy did i luck up.

ther eis 1 walmart near me, 2 cities up, that carries reload supplies.

usually a press ro 2, some dies, bullets and powder. never did have primers.

I have not seen primers on ANY store shelves in over a week now.

well.. check this.. that walmart was going to start carrying cci primers.. so their truck came in last night while I was there.. they had 4000 primers come in. no more $$ than I've regularly been paying for primers.. IE.. 30$ per 1000 or so..

As soon as I say the manager start to open the boxes to set the trays of 100 out.. I told him to stop that I wanted all 2k SR and all 2k LR

.. I'm way happy.. had missed out getting some primers before the maddness hit...
 

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LUCKY! I need walmart to start stocking primers and powder here too..
 

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yep.. they have a few long guns. so-so ammo selection. GOOD projectile selection from 224 up to 308 for rifle and some 357/44/45 stuff.

basic imr powder selection.. 4064 4350 and one other.. plus some varget.. plus some shotshell powder.. plus hulls and wads, plus mec loaders.. plus 2 rcbs loaders GOOD rcbs rifle and pistol selection of dies.. a couple extras like case trimmers, scales, primer tools.. SOME shell holders and case prep, tumblers.. and now.. primers.

overall.. they have 3x more reload stuiff than my local gander in the same ity ( 30m from me.. both stores ).

i'm glad they let me buy all 4 boxes and didn't enforce some sort of limit..
 

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Nice!

They must have a GM that reloads and shoots
 

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it's the only walmart within an hour of me that has guns.. and it's the only one i've seen that has ANY reload supplies.

thier prices are competitive too. they sell primers CHEAPER than gander, any of the local pawn shops.. etc. heck.. due to hazmat fee.. I'd have to order 2-3 CASES of primers to beat this price. I prefer winchester primers and these are CCI.. but they go -bang- fine.

if this walmart keeps up this pricing and stocking.. I will suppor thtem and keep their stock turning so they will keep stocking it. heck.. htey are beating 85% of the gun show prices on primers... not to mention they are the only one with a primer ont heir shelves right now. ( I left them a couple trays froma box that had been previously opened.. ;) )
 

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I would take full advantage of it If i were you. Buy all you can afford as fast as they can put it on the shelves. Im not a grab buyer and I dont like to advocate grab buying, but if you dont everyone else will.
 
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