Dk/finepoint, thanks for the info guys, I'm ordering the Hornady 200 grn RN bullets form Midway( $28.99 per 100), will buy the Lever' powder local. I just tried chambering (very carefully) over a dozen of the sized/primed casings in one of our Marlins. The bolt closed slicker than owl poop. They are all "once fired" Rem casings, so I don't think I'll have any headspace problems. The casings I used were collected over, probably 30 yrs, and cleaned up like they were made yesterday.
This is strange, last OCT I took one of the Marlins to the range to test fire in case we needed it for the upcoming deer season. I had 2 brand new boxes( about 5yrs old) of Rem 200grn'rs. First shot was 1" left of center, shot 2 was off the paper!! I near had a sh-t fit. Long story short, my old Tasco 4x was kaput, which I replaced with a Weaver Classic 6x. Anyway, when I collected the spent casings, I noticed 8 out of 11 had split(cracked) necks. Wonder if that brass came from China? Haven't fired any more rounds from those two boxes since. Funny that none of those older casings (123 ea ) had any cracked necks. Strange.
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