In the recent thread regarding the new U.S. military project towards a 6.8 rifle platform, it was mentioned that .338 Norma was in contention to become a squad machine gun of some sort to better overmatch 7.62x54R. The words “overkill” and “overpriced” come to mind, but in any case this got me wondering about the one load type of .338 Norma that I stock on the shelf.
I have had a couple boxes of .338 Norma for the past two years remain unsold (no surprise) which were originally bought from CorBon’s online store when they were in their death throws of closing up before they ran out of original stock, and before Peter Pi sold the business. I only bought them because it was an absurdly good deal - like $49 a box for 300gr HPBT loads as opposed to the usual $80 to $100 per box. In checking a box today, I saw that the one rd I pulled out had a cracked case neck, and then I checked the other 39 rds… It turns out that 32 out of 40 rds have obviously cracked case necks, some of them bad. This is Jamison Brass, and is one of only a few headstamp / brass types that I know of for .338 Norma as most of the brass is Norma brass. The cases look annealed, but something must have been wrong with the seating depth or whatever, and I can’t believe that nobody noticed this when they were hand-packing the boxes. Not that I can rectify this with Corbon now since these were apparently junk they were shoveling out the door before flipping the closed sign.
Each year I am continually surprised by the sheer volume of calibers that Jamison / Captech once handled.