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A local shop is selling new, primed Remington Brass for &#3634.00.  With all said and done, this is about 15 cents per casing - about as good a price as I can find anywhere.  The question is, is Remington brass reliable and reloadable (longevity)?  Am I better off ordering Starline brass for a couple of more bucks?
 

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Alan,

For moderate loads the Remington brass will be just fine. I believe the Starline is a better product and, as silly as it sounds, at better investment. Light loads in Starline brass will work just as well and the case life will be longer.

You may want to pick up some of the Remington strictly to start your loading and get some experience with it. Then go for the good stuff. In addition, your heavy loads could go only in the Starline and the light stuff in the Remington. If your using the same bullets at different power levels thats a good way to tell them apart. You don't want a "poof" when you need a "boom"
 

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"And stay away from that vice with them! "

Well then....how I am I supposed to seat the bullet with a 5 lb. hammer without holding the case in a vise?  <!--emo&:)--><img src="http://beartoothbullets.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif" border="0" valign="absmiddle" alt=':)'><!--endemo-->

MT - good idea.
 

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Hi Allan,

Just to second what Matt said.  My Starline brass (44 mag in this case) holds up better to the high end loads.  In 44 mag, the Remington brass I have used works great and has more internal capacity than the Starline (I find the WW to be roughly in the middle) but stretches more and faster until I got case head seperation.  For lighter loads the Remington works as well as anything I have used.

At least in my experience of 44 mag, a certain load with Remington brass will be a hotter load with Starline brass.  I do not know if this is true in other cartridges but it was here.  With Marshall's 300 gr bullet I found 23.0 gr of H-110 in a Remington case to have the same apparent pressure and the same velocity as 22.3gr in the Starline case.  Nothing wrong, just be aware of the differences.  

Hope this was of some help.  

God bless.......................  Bill M
 

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Alan,

I've always had excellent longevity from Remington brass. In fact, unless they don't make it that's the brand I typically use for any handloading.

I mailed those articles to you yesterday. You should see them Monday or Tuesday. In the one, Ross Seyfried states his preference for Federal cases in .45 Colt to all others for heavy loads.

Did the other package arrive yet?
 

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Morning Bill -

No package yet - dollars to donuts it'll be in the mail box this afternoon.  Thank you again!

I'll probably buy the Rem brass to get my feet wet with reloading (mostly plinker and moderate loads).  I'll purchase starline for boomers.
 

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Alan,

Sounds like a sensible plan. Now that Midway and possibly others sell Starline, you may get a monthly special down the road that will jibe with your boomin' needs.
 

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Alan:
I have been shooting and reloading for nearly 30 years.  I have used Remington brass and every other brand I can find.  Like to try other things.  
My first center fire revolver was in .45 Colt.  This was boght about 25 years ago.  I still have Remington brass from then, and some older that I have picked up along the way.  
It has all lasted very well.  I don't usually load the .45 Colt to high pressures so that helps.
The only thing I don't like is that I have had more body splits with Remington brass than  all the other brands combined.  Sometimes on the first fireing.  But then the factory chambers on .45 Colt guns are usually excessively generous.  
I would use the Rem brass for standard loads and the Starline for any heavy loads.
 
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