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Old 05-02-2020, 13:49   #1
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Looking for Brass & Dies

Does anyone out there in mini land have any 7.62x39 or 223 brass or dies that you no longer have use for and would be willing to part with? Trying to find this this during lock down is almost impossible and what can found is priced pretty high. If anyone has anything drop me an e-mail at [email protected] Thanks
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Old 05-02-2020, 14:56   #2
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Richard, I gave away a bunch of once fired PPU brass last fall, as I was shooting mostly Silver Bear then. I'm trying to build up my brass stash by using up a few hundred rounds of PPU factory FMJ I had left over, I'm thinking I'll start loading again.

Someone here might come through for you, but see if you can order a few hundred rounds of loaded Fiocchi, Geco or PPU.
As Bepe stated in the thread you started about Geco (that turned into a spectacle/fiasco/testicle), you'll pay about as much for empty umprimed x39 brass as you would for those cheaper brass case loaded rounds I just mentioned.
As a bonus, before those loaded rounds are emptied and ready to reload, you'll be able to shoot them for practice.

I'd think that buying dies from places like Brownell's and Midway aren't going to be jacked up pandemic prices, prices stay pretty stable with companies like those.

I have always used nothing but RCBS equipment, but one item you might consider is the Lee Factory Crimp Die.
Some bullets like the Nosler Varmeggedon are accurate and can be bought on special
at times, but I wish they didn't have such a shallow crimp groove.
The Lee FC die will give you a good crimp in the shallow cannelure on bullets like those.
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Like Sandog, I like RCBS FL dies and use the LEE factory crimp die.
Also, I buy PPU loaded ammo for practice and then load it.
It is actually cheaper to buy the loaded PPU then to buy empty brass
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Natchezss.com

Lee Pacesetter 3-Die Rifle Set 7.62x39
Price: $28.99
Availability: IN STOCK

Product Number: LEE90565

https://www.natchezss.com/lee-pacese...t-7-62x39.html


Lee Classic Loader .223 Rem
Price: $28.49
Availability: IN STOCK

Product Number: LEE90232

https://www.natchezss.com/lee-classi...r-223-rem.html

I've had good luck with Jagemann brass.
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I found brass at Starline. Nice and not too expensive. Lee dies are fine at this point.
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I have found PPU brass to be way heavier than most brass and therefore with a lower case capacity. It probably reloads quite well due to being thicker but I got a shift in POI compared to the lighter LC and FC brass. Regardless of the brass you use for reloading it pays to sort it and record the type/vintage with your other components that went into the load. I would expect to get indications of higher pressure at a lower powder charge with very heavy brass like PPU or Geco. With the spent primer IIRC they weighed something like 102gr vs ~96gr for LC, FC, RP, WW, etc.
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Went to range today, and found about 40 pieces of S&B brass, once fired.

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Starline is top of the line brass.
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I don't think Geco or PPU is any thicker walled or less case capacity than any other comparatively thin walled brass like Winchester or Starline.
Bepe sent me some Lapua brass a while back, and it is gorgeous stuff, but very thick walled. My max load of 28.6 grs of A2015 nearly fills the case in PPU brass and has to be slightly compressed when seating the bullet.
With Lapua I had to reduce the charge by a full 2.0 grs to get the same level ( just below the neck).
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