Pros: Brass, Inexpensive, Quality, Durable, Accurate, Winchester, Lyman, Smokeless powder, Reloading
Cons: More people should take up shooting and reloading
Winchester Small Caliber Unprimed Rifle Brass 500 pcs
These cartridge cases are reloading components used to assemble rifle ammunition at home for the avid shooter. I am not claiming to teach reloading here but just recommending a product I have used with good results.
If you are interested in pursuing reloading and have not done so, please consult a good basic reloading manual that covers the basics and explains things like the different powders and bullet types and weights and find the ones that pertain to your cartridge of interest.
I like the Lyman manual because it is not proprietary as to the components. It gives data on all brands of powder and both jacketed and lead cast bullets. Make sure to check the loads before each reloading session. For safety's sake, don't rely on your memory!
The components on this page are Winchester brass in various sizes of centerfire rifle brass, of small caliber in bulk packs of 500 empty brass cases per bag. This pertains to some 243 Winchester brass I got to feed my Steyr-Mannlicher rifle which I use for varmint, deer sized game, and target shooting.
The vendors sell the product in various sizes for separate prices but this review covers any of the brass they sell. The also sell bulk quantities of pistol brass and various quantities of either rifle or pistol brass of all sizes also on the same webpage.
Winchester is one of the oldest ammunition manufacturers in the USA who still produces its own components - cartridge cases, bullets, powder, and primers under the highest standards of quality control ensuring safety and reliability. These components are available to the home reloader and are the same quality as Winchester uses in their own factory ammunition. They allow the home reloader to add their own time and labor and reload their own ammunition with similar results to factory ammo but for less money.
The cases I bought are .243 Winchester, a popular round used for hunting and target shooting. This round is derived from the 308 Winchester which is also known as the 7.62 NATO, currently used in the USA's machine guns. The 243 is simply the 308 case necked down from 7.62mm to 6mm even.
These components are commercial brass that are just like Winchester factory 243 Brass so don't worry about getting some old military brass that has been reworked. This is brand new stuff and can be made into world class target or hunting ammo if you put in the effort.
The first thing is to make sure the brass is what the package says. It was. Make sure the brass is well formed and the proper length by visual inspection on the headstamp and use a caliper to check the maximum length of the empty case. Those dimensions are listed in the reloading manual under the cartridge specs. The caliper I have indicates the length to within .001 or one-thousandth of an inch with the sliding scale and a dial. They came in perfect but it never hurts to check and I have found some that were a little long.
The mouths should be smoothed with a reamer to by turning it against the inner and outer edges of the mouth. This rounds off the sharp corners but should not decrease the length of the case. This chamfering can also be done with the point of a jack knife just to take the sharp edge off the mouth of the case. This procedure makes the loading process go more smoothly and only needs to be done the first time.
The rest of the reloading process should follow the steps in order as specified in a good reloading manual. These steps include priming, measurement and addition of powder, and bullet seating to finish the cartridge to its correct overall length. The ammunition I've assembled using these components has been in every way equal to factory ammo at a fraction of the cost. I used the 80 grain Winchester 243 bullets to load some varmint rounds. When I make deer cartridges I use the 100 grain PowerPoint Winchester bullets.
Again, this article is not meant to teach reloading but to introduce a component I have used and had good luck with. Follow the complete directions in a good reloading resource to make sure.