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Are shotgun cartridges with long brass heads worth more?

Mike George
I have heard all sorts of claims for high-brass heads, including one that they cut down the recoil.

To me that?s nonsense.

As for enhanced performance, you have set me searching through some old records from the days when I used to test cartridges for Sporting Gun, and I cannot find any evidence that high brass on its own does much more than bump up the price.

One thing I have experienced is that high-brass cartridge cases do sometimes eject more reliably from old guns with worn extractors, presumably because the high heads are more rigid than low-brass cases and keep the rim of fired cases in engagement with the extractor for slightly longer.