Marking Cases


July 22, 2005, 09:26 PM
I'm taking a handgun course this week, and the instructor said we'd stand a better chance of recovery most of our cases if we marked them. He didn't say how or where.

I have a can of red rusto'leum laying around. Would it hurt the primers if I dabbed a bit of paint across the back of the cases?

Any better suggestions?

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July 22, 2005, 09:39 PM
I've seen people mark the base of the case using just a marker. Usually with a single line, an x, or some other simple design.

Car Knocker
July 22, 2005, 09:40 PM
Lots of folks use colored permanent markers to make a stripe or two across the head of the case. Combinations of colors are an option. Works much faster than dabbing paint on each case.

Father Knows Best
July 22, 2005, 10:40 PM
Is it really worth the effort? Unless you're shooting bullseye pistol (which I doubt you are), it shouldn't matter whether you get your exact cases back. The effort of marking and sorting them by mark is more than they're worth.

Incidentally, I often mark the bottoms of some of my revolver cases, but it's not so I know which ones are mine. I put a black stripe across them with a sharpie. The reason is that I am a cowboy shooter and often load black powder. The black stripe on the bottom of a case tells me it is loaded with black powder instead of smokeless.

July 22, 2005, 11:01 PM
I've done it a couple times before, not for any real reason. Just got bored before one saturday I guess. It takes seconds just to swipe a big marker up and down the rows of cartridges when they're in the case. I also don't see the reason behind it, but it's easy nonetheless.

July 22, 2005, 11:13 PM
Some courses are run too fast to permit brass recovery. Consequently, I plan on not getting it back, and if I take my own reloads I use reloads loaded in my oldest brass.


July 22, 2005, 11:18 PM
I have marked my brass in the past, usually when heading for a Bullseye or PPC-type match. I recently found a box of reloads, made for competition, that had an X in brown marker across the head of the case. Other folks were using brown or red marker then, so brown was a good choice.

I'm very casual about counting the number of reloads, but do prefer to use my own brass, if I can't glom onto someone else's once-fired stuff. :D

It can be a courtesy to other shooters who count reloads carefully to mark brass. It makes sorting out a pile left after a match stage go more quickly too.

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