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Starline Brass: Process to Perfection | Starline Brass “The Brass Facts” Episode 1


[Intro Music]
>>NARRATOR: Starline presents: “The Brass Facts”
>>BRANDON: In this episode of “The Brass Facts”
we’re taking a behind the scenes tour at Starline with process manager Hunter Pilant,
as we learn how Starline manufactures the world’s highest quality ammunition brass.
So come along as we experience “The Process to Perfection”.>>HUNTER: Hi Brandon.
>>BRANDON: Hey Hunter.
>>HUNTER: Welcome to Starline. >>BRANDON: Thanks a lot man. Ready to do
the tour?>>HUNTER: Let’s do it.
>>BRANDON: Alright.>>HUNTER: This is 260 alloy, which is 70
percent copper, 30 percent zinc. This is standard cartridge brass; this will
be the industry standard.>>BRANDON: So this is how it arrives?
>>HUNTER: This is how we get our material.>>BRANDON: Where’s it go from here?
>>HUNTER: It goes into the first draw.>>BRANDON: The first draw.
>>HUNTER: This is the first draw press. Basically, you’ve got a punch that’s drawing
this cup into a longer, skinnier cup by pushing it through a series of carbide
dies progressively getting smaller.
>>BRANDON: So what’s it look like when it comes out of the first draw?
>>HUNTER: It’s taken this cup and turned it into that.
After the parts have been first drawn, they get washed and ran through our annealing
furnace. This furnace is running about 1130 degrees.
>>BRANDON: It takes it back to soft?>>HUNTER: It takes it back to dead soft.
That way we can work it again in the second draw process.
>>BRANDON: Where we heading next?>>HUNTER: We’re going to wash these
and then they will go back to the second draw.>>BRANDON: Alright, let’s go.
>>HUNTER: Alright, this is our second draw process.
Here, we’re taking our first drawn part that’s been annealed
and we’re going to go ahead and get it to the final diameter
and the finished wall thickness. It’s going to be the same process as the first
one was. Punch drawing the part through a series of
carbide dies. Here we have our first rim process.
They’re taking that second drawn part that they just washed
and they’re trimming the excess material off of it.
They’re checking the parts with a snap gauge to ensure proper length.
Alright, right now, what she’s doing is she’s sorting these parts
for the rings we’ve cut off at the trimmers and she’s also looking for any defective parts.
>>BRANDON: This is the first time it gets hand inspected.
>>HUNTER: This is the first hand inspection. Here are the headers.
Right now they’re forming the primer pocket, forming the rim, and they’re also putting
the head stamp on. 12 parts out of every tray are inspected for
about 13 different features. They’re going to check for primer pocket concentricity,
primer pocket depth, primer pocket diameter with a “go/no-go” gauge,
rim diameter, rim thickness,
length, and web thickness,
And web thickness is the distance between the bottom of the primer pocket and the bottom
of the case.>>BRANDON: That’s a pretty intensive inspection
process.>>HUNTER: It is. After that, we go to the
head turns.>>BRANDON: Alright.
>>HUNTER: Here we have our first head turn. We’re taking the headed part
and we’re going to cut some of the extra material off.
From here, she’s going to hand sort these cases
and they’re going to go to the second head turn.
At the second head turn, we’re taking our first head turn part
and we’re going to put the finished rim diameter, rim thickness, and extractor groove on that.
She’s sampling this. Every few hundred cases, she’ll sample four to five.
>>BRANDON: So through another inspection?>>HUNTER: Another inspection.
She’s going to check for rim thickness, rim diameter,
and extractor groove diameter. And she’s also going to check and make sure
that the rim is actually concentric with the body.
From here it goes back to the sorting table and is hand inspected again
before moving on to the venter. This machine is the venter. It’s actually
putting the flash hole into the primer pocket.>>BRANDON: It’s punched, not drilled right?
>>HUNTER: It’s punched not drilled.>>HUNTER: From here, we move over to the
final trim. The final trim is trimming that case down
to its finished length. It’s getting inspected in this snap gauge.
After final trim it will go back to the sorting table
and be sorted before moving on to the next process
which is the taper press.>>HUNTER: Several of the cases that we produce
are tapered cases. This is a taper press.
It’s got a carbide die that is actually forming the case to a taper.
They’re checking…>>BRANDON: Nine millimeter?
>>HUNTER: Nine Millimeter. They’re checking these with a plug gauge
to make sure that the mouth diameter is correct and not too large.
From here, these cases are going to go to our finish inspection machine called the eye.
The finish inspection machine the eye. The reason they call it the eye is because
of this fiber optic cable. If it doesn’t see a flash hole
then it’s hooked up to a magnetic brake that shuts the machine off
and they know they have a part that does not have a flash hole.
It’s also set up with ball bearing D pins on this arm.
So if a part comes through that’s too long or too short
it will kick out and they know they have a part
that’s the improper length.>>BRANDON: So it’s a real high level mechanical
inspection.>>HUNTER: Yes, it’s a mechanical inspection.
>>BRANDON: Where we heading from here?>>HUNTER: Polish.
Here we have our finished product. This product’s ready to be packaged and sent
out the door to the customer.>>BRANDON: Looks good man, looks really good.
It’s quite a process.>>HUNTER: It is. We do our best.
>>BRANDON: So how many pieces of brass are you sending out a week?
>>HUNTER: About 3 million cases a week.>>BRANDON: 3 million cases a week.
Well I tell you what, I thought it was an impressive tour.
Thank you for your time.>>HUNTER: No problem
>>BRANDON: I learned quite a bit about it. I never knew there was so much into making
a piece of brass. Thanks a lot.>>HUNTER: You’re welcome back anytime.
>>BRANDON: Alright.

45 thoughts on “Starline Brass: Process to Perfection | Starline Brass “The Brass Facts” Episode 1

  1. 3-million cases a week & products are still back ordered 🙂 You guys are very popular. Hoping to make my first order with Starline soon .

  2. Thanks for the video. Very interesting to see what goes into making brass. The camera work left a bunch to be desired (would have liked more close up views of the process and see the people who are actually doing the work). But I would prefer you make great brass not go to film school.

  3. Awesome.  So much for me thinking I was going to try and make my own brass!  Ha!
    But, yes, I am always happy when a new box of Starline Brass arrives.
    Awesome video – thanks for posting this!

  4. That makes me feel much better about paying for Starline Brass, I know that is a lot of work and investment to make something that sells for so little each. Millions a week WOW there must me a lot of Ammo being made somewhere.

  5. Quality control is a quality product this is why I use only the premium components for reloading Thanks star line and keeping Americans working.

  6. Basically still don't know how it's made. The video was just a walk through a factory listening to a guy when he stopped by some machines. They make quality brass though.

  7. Its the good stuff! The good stuff isn't cheap and the cheap stuff isn't any good! Buy cheap and actually pay more in the long run!

  8. Thank you, Starline, for opening up the plant for a videotaped tour. I was impressed by the number of manual inspection steps you include.

  9. I am shocked brass is made with machines because my pappy always told me brass grew in the ground at the firing range. I don't I could get up every morning to work at Starline. Thank God someone does.

  10. We use the same material brass for the machines I run for eyelets, I make brass stems and ferrules for hose couplings that go on washing machines hoses. The machines they are using for the press are not the same as mine but the inspection and collection method is almost perfectly the same.

  11. One of the reasons gun, reloading, and gear videos are success is because of close up shots of what's going on. Hard to see what's going on from 10 feet away.

  12. Oh here is what we do at this station. Doesent show the piece. Worst how its made tour ive ever watched.

  13. If you think this is beyond the ability of any backwoodman to make just consider the manufacture of primers and the complex explosive compounds for primer such as lead azide and hammer anvil construction of primer. The real probem with back woods ammo manufacture is modern double base propellent(nitroglycerin,nitro cellulouse) which requires complex chemistry/manufacturing . Black powder muzzle loading loading technology was a lot simpler technology but a lot of smoke and buildup in barrel.

  14. now i know why i like star line brass,,, its good stuff,,,,,, great vid,,, i have been shooting for over 25 years and realy never knew how brass was made,,, very imformative

  15. I only buy Starline. Of course I'll load anything I pick up for free or trade for, but Starline outlast everything plus it just seems easy to use, like Winchester and Federal. I don't understand why it is so much cheaper than other brass, when it is so much better.

  16. Thank you starline for all of your hard work!! We are thankful for all of you when we get to the range!! God bless you and yours!

  17. Just got some Starline 458 Socom brass. Very consistent dimensions. Case lengths varied less than .001". Good stuff, can't wait to shoot it! Thanks!

  18. Use to make strip brass coils of 70 30 cartridge brass and for a while use to punch out the cups that would later be pressed into a cases

  19. If i worked here i would end up getting fired. Too much beautiful brass…must load it all.

  20. What was the point of the '12 point inspection' if everything except web thickness changed later?
    Also, isn't the initial cup punch the most important? Somebody else does it and they have no inspection of the product? Strange!!

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