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Thread: What Pistol Brass is Best?

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    What Pistol Brass is Best?

    I've got all kinds of range brass with different head stamps and lengths to use,but was wanting to get some new brass to work on accuracy. What brand would be a good one to buy. I know for rifle I use Lapua and wondered if this would be my best choice? It will be for 9mm if that makes a difference in choices. At least with all new,every thing would be or should be the same.

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    I prefer Starline, perticularly in 45 ACP.

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    Starline is now made by the same family that started the business. Consistently high quality.

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    What Pistol Brass is Best?

    If I'm buying it's Starline. Even though I have buckets full of 9mm brass I'm considering buying 5k from Starline to load up the HAPs I bought.

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    Same here......I believe all of my 45 Colt brass is Starline.
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    Did I ever mention that I hate to trim brass?

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    Starline ...if you don't want to order large quanties from their website, go to Track of the Wolf that sells Starline's in smaller quantities
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    Another vote for Starline, when I am purchasing new pistol brass it is always Starline.

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    Starline for my revolver

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    I've used mostly Remington and Winchester and some Federal for decades. I've also used Starline in three or four chamberings for the last ten years or so. I've had very good service and longevity from all brands.

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    Maybe things have changed, but I quit buying Starline, because the OAL was the least consistent, compared to other major names. It has been at least ten years, so based on previous posting, maybe things have improved. If you are going for accuracy, you are probably trimming anyway, so not such an issue.

    Back when I was doing serious testing for long range pistol accuracy, 200 yards, plus, I found with pistols, as with rifles, that some pistols liked some brass, better than others. I would suggest trying different brands, trimming all, and shooting for comparison in rest or benched with scope, to compare.

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    Starline for all my revolvers. Very consistent, great quality, good prices and ships fast.
    Only left handed guns are interesting!

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    Did someone suggest Starline yet
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    I hate to rain on everyone's parade but the brass is not the major factor in pistol accuracy. If I had several brands I would just sort by headstamp and use one brand. Primers,powder, powder charge with the bullet you are going to use is what I would concentrate on.
    Also you reloading procedures will affect accuracy as much as anything.

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    At most I would sort by head stamp but I would not buy brass for pistol cartridges, at least not for accuracy reasons.
    I would use a good bullet and try some different powder charges and maybe different powders (fast, medium or slow, not 2 fast powders for example)

    You will find that brass has almost no, if any, influence on accuracy at least as long as you are not shooting at extreme ranges. (25 yards or less)

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    W-W head stamped Winchester or Star Line. In 45ACP.

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    The good stuff people leave at the range! Why anyone wouldn't reload 45 colt I don't know but that quart ziplock baggie full of 1x just left behind dumped into the trash is the "best" brass. One of these days I may buy some more new star line, it is nice brass.
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    I use a lot of starline brass. I also like ww when I can get it. a lot depends on what I'm doing. For my wax bullet 38s I used federal brass cases, these had the primer pockets converted to LP and flash holes opened to .105. (large pocket ensures they wont get loaded with regular 38 loads). Starline is good brass and reasonable in price. I have a lot of mixed brass here I use for plinking and general use.Also some that's on its last legs for use where it may be lost or the one range I shoot on that dosnt allow brass to be picked up.

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    I have not had good luck with Winchester brass reloads for 38-40 revolver and rifle. I know the brass is thin, but these were conservative loads with splits between the base and shoulder. I've never had similar results with other brands.

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    I tend to keep Starline, Win, R-P, Fed, Speer, Blazer, and Hornady when sorting range brass. When buying I get Starline.

    Curious that some like W-W, I’ve been scrapping it, maybe I’ll give it a try.

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