If you are a precision rifle shooter, there should be very few reasons that shooters should have to pay over several dollars for a single piece of unfired brass. Unless you are a reloader that is. One of the really neat niches that I came across at SHOT 2018 was a company called RCC Brass based in Amarillo, Texas. RCC Brass machines cartridges from brass, instead of the traditional annealing process that shapes typical brass cartridges used throughout the entire world. They do this by taking a cold hammer forged 12-foot brass rod, cutting it to spec, and then machining the pieces of brass into the contours and specifications of whatever cartridge is required. One of the advantages is that there is no annealing that takes place throughout this entire process or is needed during the course of reloading the fired cartridges.
An unfired and unloaded cartridge from RCC Brass costs around $7 for the consumer. But the hidden benefit here is that these rounds are guaranteed to be fired and loaded up to fifty times if a straight walled cartridge, twenty-five to thirty if necked. Now, there are cartridges out there from various manufacturers that can be fired and reloaded that much, but whether or not this comes standard from the factory can be hit or miss. The majority of cartridges that RCC Brass makes are vintage rifle and handgun cartridges for their respective markets. From .22 Savage High Power, .40-90 Peabody “What Cheer” all the way to .505 Gibbs and .577 Nitro Express, if no one makes it anymore, RCC Brass takes a look at it. In addition, if someone really wants either an obscure cartridge manufactured, or wants to dive headfirst into wildcatting, RCC has a minimum of 250 dollars upfront and a 100 round minimum order. In addition, they also do custom brass orders if a customer wants to have an individual headstamp as well.
So far the company is working with these older, relatively lower pressured rounds. However, they are in the process of testing .458 SOCOM and 6.5mm Creedmoor for production.