Originally Posted by unclebob
I don’t know about the S&B 45 brass but some of the 9mm is steel looks like brass but it is steel. For me all of the S&B brass goes in the trash.
Correct. In 9MM, S&B makes two versions of ammo...one with a true brass case and the other, brass coated steel. These can be weeded out quickly with a magnet. I believe the problem with steel cases is limited to 9MM. They market the two 9MM versions differently and I've never seen it in any other caliber and certainly not, in .45.
That aside, the S&B brass has almost no bevel on the primer pocket. It's this sharp "break" that causes the problem (normally in progressive presses) of difficult priming. In my experience, most pieces prime with no issue but occasionally, one will not line up precisely and will miss the center of the primer pocket catching on the "break". The brass can be easily remedied a couple of ways...just a few turns of a manual champfering tool or as I do, give 'em a little bump with the Dillon Super Swage. I trashed S&B a long time until I ran across someone on Brian Enos forums who had good things to say. Out of curiousity, I followed his advice and found he was correct. With that little prep on the primer pocket done you'll never find a more durable, consistent and loadable piece of brass. IMHO it's excellent brass and if you need it, prep it and use it. If not, dump it. I'm more than flush on 9MM brass or I'd take it in a heartbeat.