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What is a high brass load?

Discussion in 'Uncategorized Threads' started by maclellan1911, Nov 4, 2007.

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  1. maclellan1911

    maclellan1911 TS Member

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    What does the term high Brass load mean?
     
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    Used to be, especially when shotshells were made from paper, that manufacturers would put higher brass (taller brass) on high powered field shells and low brass on lower powered target loads.

    Therefore the term "High Brass" is often associated with heavy field loads.

    Nowadays, if a manufacturer actually puts high brass on a shell, or uses that term, it is simply marketing.

    The plastic used in modern shotshells does not need the brass, even with the heavy field loads.

    After all, it is the gun's chamber, not the plastic or the brass of the shell, that is containing the pressure generated when the shell is fired.
     
  3. BDodd

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    High Brass on the factory load is found on hunting loads; high Drams Equivilent, large shot, not stuff for pigeons but duck, phesant, turkey and so on. Low Brass is found on target loads which you're likely familiar with. We're talking about the brass base on the outside of the hull....Bob Dodd
     
  4. topgun

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    Mac,
    As I understand it the height of brass (low, medium, high or none) means absolutely nothing ballistically. Marketing wise the inference was high brass equated to high power. I believe in fact that often with high brass the base wad was high enought so the powder was actually above the external brass proving brass heigh has nothing to do with overall case strength.

    Pete Tomaini
     
  5. maclellan1911

    maclellan1911 TS Member

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    OK, is there shot that has a high brass content?
     
  6. BDodd

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    No, not related to brass content in the shot.....Bob Dodd
     
  7. maclellan1911

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    OK, thanks just a on going thing at the club.
     
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    skeet_man Well-Known Member

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    I've seen target loads were the brass goes almost 1/2 way up the shell, and heavy field loads (3 3/4gram 1 1/4oz) that have brass as tall as STS or AA.
     
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    A fellow told me that high brass loads were there originally to protect the paper cases from the larger charge of black powder.
     
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