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#7181596 - 05/27/18 10:30 PM Starline Rifle Brass
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I bought some for my 338 Federal. It's easy to neck up 308 brass but I just like having the right headstamp on my brass. I think the brass is pretty good quality and time will tell if it holds up. Federal stopped producing 338 Federal brass until Starline started offering it. Starline will get more of my business. Hopefully they will start producing 257 Roberts brass.

Anyone else try Starline rifle brass?
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#7181611 - 05/27/18 10:46 PM Re: Starline Rifle Brass [Re: scottfromdallas]
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The starline brass I have used is good quality. 338 Federal is a very good hunting cartridge that IMO should have more attention in the game fields. Have a Tikka chambered in it, quite accurate.

Good to know they are making the 338 Fed brass


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#7181619 - 05/27/18 10:52 PM Re: Starline Rifle Brass [Re: scottfromdallas]
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I'm taking my 338 Federal on an Axis doe hunt next weekend.
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#7181635 - 05/27/18 11:18 PM Re: Starline Rifle Brass [Re: scottfromdallas]
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Originally Posted By: scottfromdallas
I'm taking my 338 Federal on an Axis doe hunt next weekend.


Have no doubt it will work for that or anything else I might ever hunt in Texas
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#7181645 - 05/27/18 11:40 PM Re: Starline Rifle Brass [Re: scottfromdallas]
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Its a nice round, we are just in a phase where everything is ultra high BC and ultra long range. A 200 grain Accubond or SST has a BC of .460 and at 2600 fps it's a freight train out to 400 yards. As a reloader, there will always be 308 brass and 160-210 grain .338 bullets.
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#7181692 - 05/28/18 07:08 AM Re: Starline Rifle Brass [Re: scottfromdallas]
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Originally Posted By: scottfromdallas
Its a nice round, we are just in a phase where everything is ultra high BC and ultra long range. A 200 grain Accubond or SST has a BC of .460 and at 2600 fps it's a freight train out to 400 yards. As a reloader, there will always be 308 brass and 160-210 grain .338 bullets.


I wanna see it swing the steel out to 400. I bet it does hit awefully hard, for a short action cartridge.
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#7181699 - 05/28/18 07:41 AM Re: Starline Rifle Brass [Re: scottfromdallas]
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I have bought 700 pieces of Starline 6.5 Creedmoor brass when it was on sale.
Loaded some as 6.5 3 times now and it seems to hold up well. Consistentency wise itís not Lapua but after weighing a few itís a little better than Hornady stuff and was way cheaper.
Sized down 300 pieces to 22Creedmoor and it shoots great but have only reloaded 50 a second round.
Just recieved a bag of the Starline 224 Valkyrie brass but have not loaded them yet.
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#7181716 - 05/28/18 08:09 AM Re: Starline Rifle Brass [Re: scottfromdallas]
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Used it in my 458 Socom when I had it.
Basically, it was the ONLY brass available and was expensive at about a buck each.

Is was good quality, consistent brass and the only problem I had with it was when one flew into the weeds and I couldn't find it!
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#7181718 - 05/28/18 08:12 AM Re: Starline Rifle Brass [Re: FiremanJG]
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Originally Posted By: scottfromdallas
Its a nice round, we are just in a phase where everything is ultra high BC and ultra long range. A 200 grain Accubond or SST has a BC of .460 and at 2600 fps it's a freight train out to 400 yards. As a reloader, there will always be 308 brass and 160-210 grain .338 bullets.


I wanna see it swing the steel out to 400. I bet it does hit awefully hard, for a short action cartridge.


I need to come out to your range soon for sure. I slapped a SWFA 3-9 HD on that 338 Federal just because the scope is so reliable. The rifle, round and scope are capable if the shooter does his part.
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#7181721 - 05/28/18 08:14 AM Re: Starline Rifle Brass [Re: DStroud]
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I have bought 700 pieces of Starline 6.5 Creedmoor brass when it was on sale.
Loaded some as 6.5 3 times now and it seems to hold up well. Consistentency wise itís not Lapua but after weighing a few itís a little better than Hornady stuff and was way cheaper.
Sized down 300 pieces to 22Creedmoor and it shoots great but have only reloaded 50 a second round.
Just recieved a bag of the Starline 224 Valkyrie brass but have not loaded them yet.


Good feedback. I'll probably pick up some for my 7mm-08. The rifle has been neglected in the back of the safe for years.
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#7181743 - 05/28/18 08:54 AM Re: Starline Rifle Brass [Re: scottfromdallas]
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I know the Tikka I have in 338 Federal is accurate. Found 8 boxes of Federal loaded with the barnes 180gr TSX at a price I could not pass up. Before those are gone I will be trying to duplicate that load as they have been under half MOA for 3 shot groups on every group I have shot with that rifle and that ammo. It is not one I shoot often but it does thump critters and 200gr fusion loads bust rocks well at 300 yards which is how I burned through the ones I bought, other than one hog that appeared to like it as he just fell over and was still (not even a Curly Shuffle).
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#7181756 - 05/28/18 09:17 AM Re: Starline Rifle Brass [Re: scottfromdallas]
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Its a nice round, we are just in a phase where everything is ultra high BC and ultra long range. A 200 grain Accubond or SST has a BC of .460 and at 2600 fps it's a freight train out to 400 yards. As a reloader, there will always be 308 brass and 160-210 grain .338 bullets.


I wanna see it swing the steel out to 400. I bet it does hit awefully hard, for a short action cartridge.


I need to come out to your range soon for sure. I slapped a SWFA 3-9 HD on that 338 Federal just because the scope is so reliable. The rifle, round and scope are capable if the shooter does his part.



Come on!

But with such a dang good scope, we ain't stopping at 400 yards. We will run it as far as it'll go.
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#7181808 - 05/28/18 10:23 AM Re: Starline Rifle Brass [Re: kmon1]
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I know the Tikka I have in 338 Federal is accurate. Found 8 boxes of Federal loaded with the barnes 180gr TSX at a price I could not pass up. Before those are gone I will be trying to duplicate that load as they have been under half MOA for 3 shot groups on every group I have shot with that rifle and that ammo. It is not one I shoot often but it does thump critters and 200gr fusion loads bust rocks well at 300 yards which is how I burned through the ones I bought, other than one hog that appeared to like it as he just fell over and was still (not even a Curly Shuffle).


AA2230 gives good velocity for 180-185 grain bullets. I've loaded the 185 TTSX with Barnes max (48 grains) and it gave me 2800 fps in 100 degree weather. Saturday, I tried 48 grains of XBR 8208 with 180 Accubonds and it clocked at 2710 fps. Max load on Hodgdon site is 48.5. I was getting 3/4" groups at a 100 yards. I'm going to play with XBR 8208 because you can cram it in like ball powder. Everything is a compressed load in the 338 Federal.
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#7181818 - 05/28/18 10:30 AM Re: Starline Rifle Brass [Re: FiremanJG]
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Come on!

But with such a dang good scope, we ain't stopping at 400 yards. We will run it as far as it'll go.


There is a lot of truth to that. I was having trouble with consistent grouping with my Leupold. Check the rings and everything was fine. Swapped out the scope and problem went away. Luckily I already knew what the rifle is capable of.
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#7181847 - 05/28/18 10:54 AM Re: Starline Rifle Brass [Re: scottfromdallas]
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I've used Starline Brass in both rifles and hand guns and have been pleased with the quality and the price point at which it is offered. I use Lapua for my 6PPC, but only because I bought a bunch of it when I first got the rifle. When I compare the groups I get out of the PPC using Starline to the groups I get using Lapua, these old eyes can't tell a difference, but my wallet sure can!


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