Making reloading a whole load more precise, SIG has released a full selection of pistol and rifle brass as individual components.
The word on SIG's cases:
- These are the first individual reloading components SIG has offered.
- There are eight pistol calibers available and nine rifle.
- Reloaders have the option between primed and unprimed pistol brass.
- Pistol case come in 100-count bags, rifle 50-count; there is no word on MSRP.
At one time reloaders were a bit of an oddity. While the rest of us were out shooting, they were whiling away their time in some musty basement making certain no meplat went untrimmed or primer pocket un-swaged. They were kind of the obsessive-compulsive cousins in the shooting family tree.
Now, everyone reloads seems to reload. It makes a world of sense the discipline has burned hotter than a .22-250 round with a compressed load of H380 as of late — the industry has made it easy. The equipment and components have never been better made, more accessible or more affordable than today. And the list of players in the handloading game continues to grow.
The most recent entrant is SIG Sauer, who this week announced it would offer ammunition components for handloading immediately. This is a fast pivot for the company, given it was only a few years back SIG first began manufacturing ammunition in the first place. But in a short time it has made quite a name for itself with its Elite Performance Ammunition.
Initially, SIG is concentrating on shell casings with full lines of rifle and pistol brass for some of the most popular calibers. There is no word if they plan to expand operations from there, which might be OK given the attention it’s paying to oh-so-vital brass.
“Each brass case undergoes rigorous in-line and post-production quality assurance testing to ensure a flawless casing,” said Brad Criner, Senior Director, Brand Management and Business Development at SIG SAUER Ammunition. “The result is unparalleled durability and dependability.”
Interestingly, the Elite Performance Ammunition cases have two options in its pistol brass — primed and unprimed. This is somewhat unusual, but for those willing to give up a bit of control on the ammunition they churn out it could prove a real timesaver. All the rifle shells, on the other hand, are unprimed; they are, however, induction annealed for consistent bullet retention.
SIG has made a particular point to talk up the tight tolerances and geometric consistency of its primer pockets and flash holes. Additionally, it promises superior “metallurgical properties” in their cases, leading to their long reloading lives.
Pistol component cases are available, primed or unprimed, in bags of 100 in the following calibers: 380 Auto, 9mm Luger, 357 SIG, 38 Spl, 357 Mag, 40 S&W, 10mm, 45 Auto.
Rifle component cases are unprimed and available in bags of 50 in the following calibers: 223 Rem, 22-250 Rem, 243 Win, 300 BLK, 300 Win Mag, 308 Win and 6.5 Creedmoor. Coming soon in: 270 Win and 30-06 SPRG.
For more information on SIG Sauer reloading components, please visit: www.sigsauer.com