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    Life Is Too Short For Crummy Brass

    Taking a break from my bullet crimping woes on the Lee 1000 with 45 ACP, I started a run of 100 pcs 44 Magnum...some 200 grain SJHP with a stout loading and 240 grain PFN for recreational shooting...all out of the Marlin. I always give the finished round a quick push test to check the crimp as I constantly fear setback in the Marlin tubular magazine and kept finding rejects. They were all R-P brass. I pulled the rounds apart, tried playing with the crimp and could NOT get them to hold the bullet. Pulled them all, pushed out the primers to reclaim those (losing 3 in the process to the Lee Turret black hole) and loaded the primers and bullets in Starline brass. Completing the mission, I culled the 300 or so prepped brass cases and pulled the 20 or so out out and put on the side. The rest is Starline, WW, Herters, Speer, and others. If anyone likes this R-P stuff let me know...I'll save these and add as I can and send them to you for postage.
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    variations in brass are all over the place, you can begin by looking at primer holes and go from there.
    Like all things manufacture they have an allowable tolerance variation.
    some of my usual rejects are from companies that make very, well respected top loadings, primer holes (New seated primers) are very loose and brass is overly large in diameter for me?
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    Remington brass is often soft. Trimmed to 44 special length "sometimes " it holds better. I use it for plinking loads in single shots and revolvers
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    Never heard of that ! I'll admit I don't use Remington brass for much of anything besides plinking rounds, but not holding a crimp....thats no good at all. I'll have to keep an eye on that for future loadings of rifle rounds.

    My favorite brass for loading is, in order, Federal and Winchester, and then you can lump everything else in pretty much in any order you want. I really like Starline brass but to use it for a self defense loading, you have to find quite a few of them which is hard. Unless you buy it new, which is a treat.
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    Buying new Starline brass is like rewarding yourself just for living and being a reloader. About the only other brass that evokes such feelings would be Lapua brass But I'm not that fancy nor that rich.
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    When I bought my Marlin I bought a box or two of factory and with the cost of those rounds decided to get some Starline...great stuff and worth it in the long run if you can recover them as they reload many times.
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    I only load for revolvers, I will take them. Just let me know when you have them all together and how much postage you need.
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    Some of the very best brass I have for the 44MAG is S&W headstamped, but made by Fiocchi, back in the 80's. Been to the max many, many times, and though nickel-plated, have yet to split a case-mouth or side. I use a sound roll-crimp, Lyman AllAmerican dies, fore them in a 10-1/2" Ruger.



    The same cannot be said for Winchester or Remington, however.
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    Lee makes a .003 undersize die for 44 mag https://leeprecision.com/undersize-s...ie-44-mag.html , and others.
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    Whenever I reload, consistency is the key element I strive for. I rarely reload mixed brass, instead I separate it into lots by brand because of their spec differences.

    I no longer use a roll crimp for .44 Mag & .45 Colt. Instead I use a Lee collet crimp die to keep bullets put. Works for me even with Rem brass.
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