Oh gawd not another Valkyrie post...

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Orcon, Jan 28, 2019.

  1. TheDomFather

    TheDomFather Member

    Feb 22, 2017
    Here is the .224 Valkyrie product Manager from Federal talking about the bad PTG reamers with too long of a freebore and the issues it created!
  2. Orcon

    Orcon Member

    Aug 25, 2015
    Sidney, MT
    Okay, after waiting on UPS to finally get back to work and then spending a week in the hospital with the little person, I finally got to load some Valkyrie ammo. After deburring flash holes, uniforming pockets, expanding necks and applying a light chamfer, my brass was ready to go. I have to say, this Starline brass is not impressing me one bit. The first bullet I seated felt like dragging a plastic sled full of firewood across a gravel driveway. So naturally, I pull the bullet to take a look, scored the entire length of the shank. I bust out the expander die and re-work all the necks and chamfer a bit deeper, seemed to help some but I can feel that there is a distinct lack of consistency in neck tension. Some bullets glide right in and others require noticeably more force to seat and are .01" longer to the ogive. It's almost like they forgot to anneal the brass one last time before sending it out the door.
    Last edited: Feb 11, 2019

    LRDGCO Member

    Jul 11, 2018
    You didn't mention full length resizing the brass. FWIW, I always full length resize new brass and then trim, etc. etc. But that brass does sound somewhat brittle from your description.
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  4. Toprudder

    Toprudder Member

    Aug 19, 2014
    Raleigh, NC
    I assume nothing about the condition of new brass. I treat it just like brass fired from someone else’s gun.
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  5. Blue68f100

    Blue68f100 Member

    May 25, 2011
    Piney Woods of East Texas
    I full length size new brass with a few exceptions. Starline recommends at a min of running a expander through the necks to true them up and to remove the preservative that is on them. With this coating you are going to have different neck tension. It would not hurt to run them through cleaner like any fired brass. I used a expander but I also used some solvent before hand. And yes you will have different neck tension due to variation in neck wall thickness. The only way to fix this is to turn the necks, which I did.
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