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    303 brass NEW!

    Picked up 200 pcs. of new Winchester 303 british brass today.

    I see some 6.5x53r in the near future.

    Bought it at a farm supply store.

    Who whudda thunk?

    I was even a nice guy and left 150 pieces on the shelf.

    Who whudda thunk THAT?

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    Im jealous . Havent seen any new 303 brass in these parts for over a year
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    I picked up 500 casings the other day! Just waiting on delivery….

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    what farm supply store?

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    Mills farm and fleet in Oshkosh, in town for the airshow.



    Had un-forecast rain yesterday morning. Killing time until the rain blew out wandered in there hoping for some Blue Dot.

    No Blue Dot, but 200 pieces of 303 British is a pretty good consolation prize.

    Tried a gunshop on the way home today looking for Blue Dot. No luck.

    Still have a couple more gunshops to check when we get off the ferry tomorrow.

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    In a pinch you can use 444 marlin brass to form 303 British cases and vise versa I believe

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    You cannot form 303 British cases from 444 Marlin. 444 Marlin brass has a rim diameter of .514", with a rim thickness of .063", and a base diameter of .4706". 303 British cases have a rim diameter of .540", with a rim thickness of .084", and a base diameter of .460. The two cases are totally different.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 405grain View Post
    You cannot form 303 British cases from 444 Marlin. 444 Marlin brass has a rim diameter of .514", with a rim thickness of .063", and a base diameter of .4706". 303 British cases have a rim diameter of .540", with a rim thickness of .084", and a base diameter of .460. The two cases are totally different.
    Not to mention 444 is straight wall and the 303 is bottle neck.
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    If you want to try reforming I suggest using 405 Winchester brass, but that may be harder to come by then 303 Brit!
    Or maybe even 30-40 Krag (haven't checked this one however).

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    thanks, that is amazing to hit on them in such an unlikely place. KUDDOS TO YOU!!

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    My cartridge conversion book (Nonte) says use 30 40 cases. Trim to 2.209" and run through a 303 die.
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    Fleet/Farm in Antigo Wisconsin had some new .303 brass on the shelf on 9/8/21.

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    Apparently farmers in Wisconsin really, really like .303 British.

    Always thought the 8mm Mauser would be a lot more popular, with the number of breweries in Wisconsin in the old days just assumed more Germans than English.

    Isn't Wisconsin where Carrie Nation said all German men should be blown up with dynamite because they drink beer?

    I know it is where she went after beer barrels in a tavern with a hatchet.

    I drank a toast to her memory several years ago in that same tavern, it has survived, changed names but there is a bar in the same building a hundred plus years later.

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    How much did it cost?
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    Quote Originally Posted by smithnframe View Post
    How much did it cost?
    If I recall correctly it was $45/bag.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 15meter View Post
    If I recall correctly it was $45/bag.
    I lied, found the receipt this evening cleaning out the cab of the truck.

    It was $31.99.

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    There's lots of .303 Brit brass in Canada.
    It's often thrown away on the range.
    Only the true gun cranks reload it.
    It's easy to find, but you southern folks would have an interesting time getting it over the border.
    I still have four boxes of Herter's virgin .303 brass.
    This was made in Sweden by Norma or Metalverken, and has drilled, rather than punched flash holes, which some gurus say is superior.
    Jacketed bullets, what a relic. A throwback to the twentieth century. Real men shoot cast.




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    Quote Originally Posted by slug View Post
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    303 brass is much easier to find than 30-40 Krag. If you see 30-40 for sale it's a buck each.
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    Quote Originally Posted by blackthorn View Post
    My cartridge conversion book (Nonte) says use 30 40 cases. Trim to 2.209" and run through a 303 die.
    you'll be burned in heck if you trim the 30-40 krag case!!!!!!!!

    i have enuff 30-40 krag cases to last me a lifetime, i have 4 krags(2 actions, 2 rifles). i go to grafs if you want some.


    https://www.grafs.com/retail/catalog...ategoryId/764?
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