It’s the little things that count when you’re seeking accuracy. Bit by bit, they add up and make a substantial difference.
Start with your basic reloading components, which we often think of as commodities. Take brass for instance…
Like everything else in this world brass, especially magnum cases which I tested in this particular instance, has a limited lifespan. The higher the pressure, the shorter the life span. As brass is reloaded and used time and again, it becomes brittle. At a certain point it can split.
Excessive “obturation” or expansion can also be an issue. This is especially the case with rifle cartridges, but handgun cases not immune to to shape shifting.
The reloading equation gets even more complex if you’re using range brass.
The odds and ends you collect will work for a while but if you’re shooting for accuracy, range brass will not help the cause.
The lesson I learned is that it’s much better to go with brand new cases. Not only can old brass deform or crack, accuracy is impossible to achieve without ‘standardization’.
I learned this through experience.
When I started reloading, I used to collect range brass. Nothing wrong with that if you’re on a budget and you’re just banging away on a Glock, where long distance accuracy is not an issue. The problem with scrounged range brass that you’re collecting items from different manufacturers, all with slightly different dimensions and varying quality.
Ergo, every round you crank out is slightly different in size, not to mention quality. Thus, making uniform, consistent ammo becomes near impossible.
If you’re serious about accuracy and “standardizing” your loads, it’s best to use one brand of (quality) brass.
Jagemann’s brass is a contender
I’ve used Jagemann brass over the years with great success. I’ve loaded their 10 mm cases for my custom built 1911 and with the right bullet I can whack a 12” gong at over 100 yards. The secret is uniformity.
Based in Wisconsin this is a company you don’t hear too much about but its products, both brass and magazines, are used by a number of competitive shooters. They do OEM production and, sell their branded products on MidwayUSA, Natchez, Midsouth and other vendors.
Quality control is what makes the difference. Jagemann does extensive testing of size, ie mouth diameter verification and hardness testing. It has an optical ‘non-contact’ form measurement that is extremely accurate, repeatable and rapid when it comes to measuring exterior part features during in-process checks. They also load and shoot assorted commercially available bullet and powder combinations to test durability, reload-ability, accuracy and performance.
In short, they do their QC.
Once I started re-loading with the new brass, I noted immediate improvement in my accuracy. There was a consistency in the rounds that hadn’t been there before.
Once you settle in with one good brand, you’ll never go back to range brass again.