When to toss 357 brass?


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Coltdriver
December 6, 2005, 01:19 PM
What do you look for in your 357 brass that makes you decide to stop reloading it???

I have reloaded some 4 times now and it appears fine. No cracking, nothing that I can see that would make me say its time to get new brass.

I bought some gun show rounds and the brass had headstamps that were readable but not crisp.

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Starter52
December 6, 2005, 01:24 PM
I used to reload .357 brass beyond four times back when magnum brass was scarce. Nowadays four full-power reloads is about my limit. Why ask for trouble?

Cherokee
December 6, 2005, 01:43 PM
That 357 Mag brass is good for many more reloads but I would revert to the less than max levels. I'm still using brass acquired in 1960's.

mtnbkr
December 6, 2005, 01:55 PM
I buy brass new. New brass gets loaded into full power loads (180gr@1200fps) twice, then gets trimmed down to 1.25" and used for "lite magnum" loads such as 158gr@1100fps. I'll use it in that group until the brass fails or I lose it.

Chris

caz223
December 6, 2005, 04:27 PM
I guess it depends.
How firm you crimp.
Is your sizer sizing excessively?
How much do you bell the mouth?
For .357 I check for 2 things, the first is case head seperation.
If you take a small flashlight and a little dental pick/hook and put it in all the way, gently scraping against the case head all the way back and slowly bring it towards you. If you can't feel a 'ridge' forming, you're ok for another reload.
The other thing to check for is excessive work-hardening of the case mouth area.
If it appears brittle, split, or discolored, throw it out.
After I get 10- 15 loads out of it, I drill 'em out, and add 'em to my ever expanding wax bullet collection.

Poodleshooter
December 6, 2005, 05:36 PM
I usually reload till the split or show stretching just above the head.

Ben Shepherd
December 6, 2005, 08:54 PM
Full Horse loads once. Then regular type 357 loads until it loses neck tension or splits. OR-

If it says remington it just flat out gets thrown away:cuss: .

The Bushmaster
December 6, 2005, 10:07 PM
Load-em Shoot-em until I see 10% splitting in a group of fifty. Because I keep my .357 cases in a set I can do this. 10% of 50 = 5...I also have some nickle plated REMINGTON (:D ) cases that are dated 1966 in my log book and they are still going strong. I do agree with mtnbkr...Load them hot twice then make them range/practice brass...

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