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Old 10-03-2010, 11:23 PM
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I reloaded some of this tonight. I had never loaded any of it before, but it seems to be all right. This brass seems to be a little thicker than most, like the old military .38spl brass I used to load years ago. Sized in a modern Lee carbide sizer die and loaded with a .358 cast bullet it exhibits the classic wasp waist look recommended by Elmer Kieth for the .44mag with cast bullets. Loaded rounds seem to chamber properly in my M65-5, but I haven't fired any, or reloaded them more than once. Anyone had any experience with this brass? I just wondered since I am a little suspect of non USA components. I will post my results from further use of this brass.
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Old 10-03-2010, 11:26 PM
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I have loaded some in 357 and 223, always seems to be of good quality to me, and I prefer it to Fed brass
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I purchased some of this ammo late last year or early this year. As factory ammo it is great out of several of my 38's. As far as reloading it I have been using Wolf primers,Win 231 and my odd assortment of cast bullets. Results are no different than other brands of brass.
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Old 10-04-2010, 07:39 AM
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It's very good stuff. FYI, Hornady uses PRVI for their specialty ammo like the WWII Japanese Arisaka, etc. First class!
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Old 10-05-2010, 07:47 AM
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Nothing wrong with that brass AFAIK. I've been using it for years, off & on.
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Good to here guys, I too bought a box of the cheap 158 gr. lrn bullets just for the brass. I've not shot it yet, but I'm a little skeptical also about non-american components. Sounds like others have had good luck, though.
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Old 12-09-2013, 05:51 AM
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I was looking thru some of my old posts and found this. I have loaded some of this brass 3 or 4 times and it is holding up well.
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Yes, have these in 38 Special and 357 Magnum, good cases.
Factory 357M with 158 grain SJSP bullets are quite stout ��
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Good brass, just don't mix it with thinner-walled brass if you have an interest in accuracy. The amount of force required to seat a bullet is much different than when using a thinner-walled case.
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I have purchased a lot of PPU ammo. Pistol and rifle. Reload it now without issue. Good ammo, good brass.
My one exception is .38 S&W. Ammo was fine, however, reloaded brass would not fit the cylinders of my Enfield or Webley. I surmised it was the thicker brass as the OP mentioned.
Any other .38 S&W brass worked just fine.
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I have found Privi bullets, .224" and .308", to be less than shinning in accuracy. The brass is excellent.
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I absolutely love Privi .38 spl. I bought a case (1K) of 158 SWC and 3 cases (500 158gr SWCHP's rds each, don't know why they are packed different) in the last year, more before that. Full power (spec says "904 fps") without +P designation. I've shot maybe 1.5K+ of them and while "snappy" in a 642 they are perfect in a Model 15-3. I've got all the brass saved for retirement in September. Joe
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I absolutely love Privi .38 spl. I bought a case (1K) of 158 SWC and 3 cases (500 158gr SWCHP's rds each, don't know why they are packed different) in the last year, more before that. Full power (spec says "904 fps") without +P designation. I've shot maybe 1.5K+ of them and while "snappy" in a 642 they are perfect in a Model 15-3. I've got all the brass saved for retirement in September. Joe
I think you will find the 904fps to be optimistic as this ammo is milder than that but it is pretty good plinkin ammo. The strongest European .38spl I have tried is the Perfecta brand of 158gr fmjrn that gives about 900fps from a 4" barrel........
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"Gun Sam" on you tube tested the Prvi Partizan 158gr swchp in a 2" snub and got a 5 shot average of 754fps............
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"Gun Sam" on you tube tested the Prvi Partizan 158gr swchp in a 2" snub and got a 5 shot average of 754fps............
I don't know who "Gun Sam" is, but for a standard pressure load with a 158 grain bullet, that's about right for a 2" snubnose and a pretty decent velocity for such a short barrel. You'll probably get another 50 fps with the same bullet in a +P load. Not really enough difference to matter unless one is considerably more accurate than the other.

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I don't know who "Gun Sam" is, but for a standard pressure load with a 158 grain bullet, that's about right for a 2" snubnose and a pretty decent velocity for such a short barrel. You'll probably get another 50 fps with the same bullet in a +P load. Not really enough difference to matter unless one is considerably more accurate than the other.
Some companies state that 780 out of a 2" 38 special is a +P load.
I like to see at least 800fps out of a lead 158 to be "Legal".....
and the real FBI should be around 850fps, depending on the revolver.
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Prvi is great brass. Brass from Magtech ammo is also good. It will be marked CBC if memory serves.

Amerc is the only brand Iíve really found to be unusable.

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I saw another chrono test on you tube and from a 4" a 158gr RN did 772fps. This is not bad and equals standard .38spl of many domestic loadings, It is not equal to FBI type +P loads and nowhere near 904fps. I have some PPU .38spl in my stockpile and I like it but it is not anything special as to velocity.
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I have found Privi brass to be very good brass to load with. Especially when loading 303 Brit. It will last longer in my Brits than Winchester, Remington, or the Hornady brass does.
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I have found Privi brass to be very good brass to load with. Especially when loading 303 Brit. It will last longer in my Brits than Winchester, Remington, or the Hornady brass does.
I don't know if case weight has anything to do with brass life, but I bought some new 7mm Remington Magnum PPU brass several years ago because it was all I could find. Very heavy, 14% heavier than Winchester brass. While it worked fine, I had to reduce powder charges by 1.5 grs. in comparison with the Winchester cases to get the same velocity. You could easily get in trouble using a maximum load that's fine with one brass then switch to PPU, though maybe all PPU brass is not unduly heavy with a smaller case capacity.
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And the important qualifier in the above post is when "using a MAXIMUM load"...!
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