Winchester 30-06 brass

Guy Miner

Master Loader
Apr 6, 2006
What a disappointment!

I've bought bulk Winchester brass before, and it worked out pretty well, good enough to shoot "high master" scores in long range competition with my 308 rifle.

I've had a bag of "new" Winchester 30-06 brass sitting around for a while and broke it out to make some hunting ammo. I wasn't too surprised that quite a few of the case mouths were flattened a bit or irregular. That can happen easily with bags of brass.

But my goodness! Of the 25 cases I tried to use, 5 of them wouldn't even fit in a standard shell holder! I forced one in and had a heck of a time getting it back out of the shell holder. Had to put the shell holder in my vise and tug the brass cartridge case out with a pair of channel lock pliers!

So - it will be interesting to see what the other 25 cases in that bag are like. Made me really appreciate the good Federal, Nosler and Starline brass I've used in recent years.

Regards, Guy


Mar 23, 2017
I had gotten a crappy bag of 30-06 Winchester brass last year. The flash holes were punched oval. Their Quality Assurance team has left the field.


Nov 28, 2018
Guy, curious what brand shell holder? Ive had issues with a hornady one on some brass, and even trying to slide them onto the ram.
Also my lee priming tool the #2 holder was tight on the Lapua 6br brass, but just bought a new #2 and it worked fine