Snider Brass Scrounging
Back in days gone by, the choices of brass for reloaders of the Snider cartridge would have been pretty well limited to Kynoch's cases. Until recently they were Berdan primed making the reloading process even more involved than most North Americans are used to.
Today we actually
have more choices than ever.
All the above choices are manufactured with the familiar "drawn brass" process. But there are other manufacturer's that produce quality and durable brass that is turned from solid bar stock.
I gave this process a try on my little Unimat Lathe and it was very labour intensive. It's amazing that such a process can be made commercially viable.
A company called NDFS in England had been producing all sorts of obsolete cartridge brass for years. The company was a one man operation run by a fellow named Jim Goodwin. Unfortunately he has now retired. But, his equipment was sold to another firm who I have just heard is now turning out some brass as well.
Another small firm in the USA, Rocky Mountain Cartridge, having heard that NDFS was shutting down, also started producing some turned brass. I have not seen their product personally but I did here some initial good reviews.
I have found
that each of the brass makes listed above vary widely in case capacity
and therefore vary widely in how they end up being loaded which boils
down to the fact they all will shoot a bit differently.
From what I have seen so far, the turned cases have the least case capacity while the converted shotgun cases hold (by far) the most powder capacity. With heavy compression I can stuff over 80 grains of powder in the NDFS cases. I have heard of over 110 grains of powder being held in the converted CBC brass!
to consider before you hunt down brass is whether or not you will ever
experiment with smokeless powders in the Snider.
Again, the bottom line of this topic is to get a good supply of which ever brass you wish so that you can develop one consistent load over a long period of time. Any of the brass mentioned here is capable of doing the job but all will require slightly different loading practices.