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Hi,

It would appear that low or high brass bases do indicate price. With low brass generally being cheaper than high brass. The inference is that "high" brass is more powerfull than low brass. The only reason for the brass base on shotshells is to give the extractor something to grip, (and this is a hold over from the days of paper shells). Activ, (now out of business I believe), made an all plastic shotshell, no brass at all. And they were pretty good shells.

The truth is, it's a marketing gimmick and has no real bearing on cost (other than the extra cost of the brass), or how powerful the load is.

So buy your shells by what is in them. And ignore the brass.

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It's a tradition left over from days when shotshells were made of paper with brass bases. "Magnum" shells had higher bases to compensate for higher pressures. Nowadays, plastic shotshells don't need metal bases at all, but the tradition continues.
 
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