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Old 07-23-2010, 09:48 AM
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.358 WSSM loaders, BEWARE BAD BRASS


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Recently I got four bags (50 each) of Winchester .25 WSSM brass to form for my .358 HDH (WSSM). They came from two different lot numbers and the lot number that I have had a problem with is 2DD02. Stupid me, after I formed and prepped 50 cases I noticed the flash holes in most of them were all screwed up. It looks like the drill or punch used to cut the flash holes started in one spot, then moved over to center and finished the hole. This gave the flash holes either an oval shape or a bevel from one side to the center. As any reloader knows, a uniform flash hole is paramount to good accurate reloads and these were anything but uniform.
Out of the 100 cases from lot number 2DD02, 51 had deformed flash holes. The cases in the other lot number were all fine.
When I tried to Contact Winchester-Olin, I found there was no contact information on their web site. I contacted Midway-USA to see if they could give me Winchester's contact info but Midway, being the outstanding company that they are, said for me to return the bad brass to them for replacement, even though much of it had been formed.
I wish I had thought to take pictures before returning the bad cases but I did not.
Point is, if you have recently bought .25 WSSM brass from Winchester, check those flash holes and lot numbers on the bag before using.
In 42 years of reloading I have never come across such a bad lot of brass. Oh sure, I have occasionally gotten a bad case, but 51 out of 100? That's a new record for me. Winchester's QC guy must have taken the week off.
And kudos to Midway CS department.
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Old 07-23-2010, 11:40 AM
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Thanks, I will double check, but my lot is not recent.
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Old 07-25-2010, 07:24 PM
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I guess when Larry says, "Thanks for your business", he means it, huh?

On the other hand, Winchester is once again illustrating why so many shooters have lost faith in them. It's sad to see one of the iconic names in Americana going by the wayside, but at least outfits like Midway are filling the void, somewhat.
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