204ruger brass? What are you using?

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204ruger brass? What are you using?

Post by Cooper » 02 Feb 2019, 9:57 am

Hi all

I went to buy a bag of Norma 204 ruger brass (100) and they wanted $208. I had to check what I last paid. But it was $115 per a bit over a year ago. Big price jump. I don’t really rate the Hornady stuff that highly. I’ve ordered a bag of Winchester $46 per 100 and a bag of Remington $69 per 100. I’ll post what I think when I get it. Interested to see other people’s experience with different brass in the 204.

I also have some once fired Sellior and Bellot brass. So I might reload some of that and see how it goes also.
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Post by SCJ429 » 02 Feb 2019, 10:20 am

I use Hornady and with a bit of prep it is OK. Norma would be better but you have to weigh up the cost.
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Post by bladeracer » 02 Feb 2019, 10:21 am

Cooper wrote:Hi all

I went to buy a bag of Norma 204 ruger brass (100) and they wanted $208. I had to check what I last paid. But it was $115 per a bit over a year ago. Big price jump. I don’t really rate the Hornady stuff that highly. I’ve ordered a bag of Winchester $46 per 100 and a bag of Remington $69 per 100. I’ll post what I think when I get it. Interested to see other people’s experience with different brass in the 204.

I also have some once fired Sellior and Bellot brass. So I might reload some of that and see how it goes also.


Norma and Hornady, I don't think I have any other .204 brass.
I have no complaints about the Hornady brass.
I've bought two lots of Winchester brass in different cartridges (.243 and .30-06) and I consider it the lowest quality of anything I've used.
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Post by SCJ429 » 02 Feb 2019, 10:27 am

What sort of accuracy are you expecting from your 204? If 1/2 inch is all you are after then the Hornady brass will get you there.
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Post by bigfellascott » 02 Feb 2019, 10:50 am

Remington or Winchester for me, I don't get fussy about brass, it's just got to hold powder and projectile. I get 1/4 groups if I can be bothered shooting em (only interested in 1 hole groups myself and that's on fur!) :D
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Post by Bruiser64 » 02 Feb 2019, 11:43 am

I am using Norma brass that I bought at my local gun store for about a $120 a few months ago. I have some Hornady brass I got with the rifle. It seems ok, but I can’t attest to it’s provenance. I don’t mind prepping brass so would look at Hornady or Winchester brass. I am with Bigfella, it is purely for hunting and if it gets the job done, it will be fine by me.
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Post by Cooper » 02 Feb 2019, 12:08 pm

I wasn’t expecting much with Winchester brass. That’s why I thought I’d try the Remington as well.

I started with Hornady brass. I had a couple of split necks straight out of the box. I think I paid $59 for 50 of the Hornady brass. So the Norma was about the same. But much better IMO.
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Post by Stix » 02 Feb 2019, 1:23 pm

I use Norma.
One lot of 100 bout 2 yrs ago, & another a year-ish ago...
Both the 120ish mark from memory.

I priced some 22-250 norma a few months ago & they wanted more than i payed for Lapua... :wtf:

Its a worry if that price increase is across the board...sheesh...!!

Just edited that...lots of 100 for $120ish
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Post by southwest shooter » 02 Feb 2019, 7:27 pm

Sellier Bellot , bye the ammo , fire once then reload ,simples.
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Post by Stix » 02 Feb 2019, 9:07 pm

southwest shooter wrote:Sellier Bellot , bye the ammo , fire once then reload ,simples.


That S&B stuff makes my targets look like i patterened a shotgun when put thru mine...
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Post by Cooper » 07 Feb 2019, 8:00 am

Got the Winchester brass. As I was expecting. The quality doesn't look that great. I've load few up and will probably test on the weekend. The one bad thing I've noticed is the Winchester brass is pretty much at the maximum case lenght before even being fired. Pretty sure I'll be trimming after the first firing.
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Post by marksman » 07 Feb 2019, 8:52 am

Cooper wrote:Got the Winchester brass. As I was expecting. The quality doesn't look that great. I've load few up and will probably test on the weekend. The one bad thing I've noticed is the Winchester brass is pretty much at the maximum case lenght before even being fired. Pretty sure I'll be trimming after the first firing.


I cant talk about the 204 as I dont shoot one but in regards to winchester brass I have personally found it once match prepped to be very good
you will have to cull to be consistent but when you have a good batch it will last for a long time,
in new cases I usually have to put aside probably 2-3 in every 100 or so, its not that these cases are no good just not the same as the others
I'm sure you will be happy with your winchester cases :drinks:
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Post by southwest shooter » 08 Feb 2019, 10:24 am

Stix wrote:
southwest shooter wrote:Sellier Bellot , bye the ammo , fire once then reload ,simples.


That S&B stuff makes my targets look like i patterened a shotgun when put thru mine...

What ! You must be doing something wrong ,
My howa is shooting 1/2 inch with a 32 gn zmax .
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Post by wannabustbunnies » 23 Feb 2019, 7:52 am

I got Norma brass from the Australian Eurooptic store for a good price, better than most places I had found it anyway.

https://www.eurooptic.com.au/norma-unpr ... x-136.html
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Post by Stix » 23 Feb 2019, 8:07 am

southwest shooter wrote:
Stix wrote:
southwest shooter wrote:Sellier Bellot , bye the ammo , fire once then reload ,simples.


That S&B stuff makes my targets look like i patterened a shotgun when put thru mine...

What ! You must be doing something wrong ,
My howa is shooting 1/2 inch with a 32 gn zmax .

Yea same here SouWst... :thumbsup:
I just meant the S&B factory ammo is no good...pretty sure i still got a box stuffed in the back of the safe somewhere :unknown:
(I used to let people new to shooting let it off at the range so not sure how much is left)

if you're ever over here & i can find it, its yours... :thumbsup:
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Post by Stix » 23 Feb 2019, 8:10 am

wannabustbunnies wrote:I got Norma brass from the Australian Eurooptic store for a good price, better than most places I had found it anyway.

https://www.eurooptic.com.au/norma-unpr ... x-136.html


Good to know wbb...
Thanks for posting... :thumbsup:
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Post by southwest shooter » 23 Feb 2019, 8:33 am

Stix wrote:
southwest shooter wrote:
Stix wrote:
southwest shooter wrote:Sellier Bellot , bye the ammo , fire once then reload ,simples.


That S&B stuff makes my targets look like i patterened a shotgun when put thru mine...

What ! You must be doing something wrong ,
My howa is shooting 1/2 inch with a 32 gn zmax .

Yea same here SouWst... :thumbsup:
I just meant the S&B factory ammo is no good...pretty sure i still got a box stuffed in the back of the safe somewhere :unknown:
(I used to let people new to shooting let it off at the range so not sure how much is left)

if you're ever over here & i can find it, its yours... :thumbsup:

Oh I see , I misunderstood !
Surprisingly my howa loves the stuff also , which part of the country are you in , I'll come grab the box of S/B.
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Post by Stix » 23 Feb 2019, 9:02 am

southwest shooter wrote:
Stix wrote:
southwest shooter wrote:
Stix wrote:
southwest shooter wrote:Sellier Bellot , bye the ammo , fire once then reload ,simples.


That S&B stuff makes my targets look like i patterened a shotgun when put thru mine...

What ! You must be doing something wrong ,
My howa is shooting 1/2 inch with a 32 gn zmax .

Yea same here SouWst... :thumbsup:
I just meant the S&B factory ammo is no good...pretty sure i still got a box stuffed in the back of the safe somewhere :unknown:
(I used to let people new to shooting let it off at the range so not sure how much is left)

if you're ever over here & i can find it, its yours... :thumbsup:

Oh I see , I misunderstood !
Surprisingly my howa loves the stuff also , which part of the country are you in , I'll come grab the box of S/B.

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Dont start the car yet mate...best i find it first... :lol:
As i eluded to earlier, im not sure how much is left...id hate for you to get here & me greet you with a box of ammo that has 18 empty, & 2 live rounds in it... :lol:

Where are you...south west vic...?
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