OK...so I, like a lot of people, have heard a lot of wailing and cussing about primer pockets loosening up from the very beginning with HORNADY's 6.5 Creedmoor brass and I am wondering about the hows and whys....so several observations and a couple of questions:
(1) I see HORNADY's 6.5 Creedmoor brass on the shelves a good bit lately and I wonder why.....is it because it has gotten a bad rap and no one is buying it or is it because HORNADY has committed to making it and, therefore, we see it available?
(2) The bad rap it has gotten...is it truly bad brass for some reason like hardness/softness, sizing, quality control or is it mostly because the folks that have labelled it as bad are loading it so hot that the pockets start opening up right away (which IS KNOWN to be a sign of HIGH pressure)?
(3) I spoke with the people at Creedmoor and the techs at Hornady and they all (maybe singing the "party line") tell me that they haven't heard about that problem? How is that possible? I would think that anyone who is paying any attention at all would know of it, whether it is true or not. PLUS, if they had heard of it, I'd think they would/could offer some sort of info such as maybe a bad batch or two or whatever...but "NOTHING"?? COME ON GUYS!!
(4) I am in the process of building a 6.5 Creedmoor based on a Krieger Barrel and a Remington 700 action, so while waiting for it to get done am accumulating all the necessary stuff to go along with reloading/developing loads that my rifle will "like" and have decided to buy a couple of boxes of the HORNADY brass, but only that which shows a lot number that indicates very recent production.......I would think that IF they had a problem (even though they are not admitting it) and IF it got fixed somewhere along the line, that the more recently the brass was produced, the greater the likelihood that the stuff I buy would be OK. Anyone got any experience with this??
I have lots of .243 and .308 brass that I can but don't want to reform to 6.5 Creedmoor since most all of it takes a bit of time and is a PITA. If I discover that the HORNADY brass is, in fact, no good then I will have to go this way if I want to keep the cost of feeding the 6.5 down to a reasonable level, I guess.
So...if any of you have any PERSONAL EXPERIENCE with this, I would like to hear about it...both the good and the bad. I am not really interested in "I heard" or "my buddy's cousin's girlfriend's uncle" or like that, but PERSONAL EXPERIENCE is VERY welcome and will help me build some info upon which to make future decisions/judgements/purchases. Please either email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or PM me on this site.