Dented 7.62 X 39 Brass


Mikee Loxxer
April 6, 2006, 01:52 PM
A buddy of mine gave me a bunch of Boxer primed Winchester 7.62 X 39 brass to reload. He must of shot this stuff in his Kalashnikov as the sides of the brass are dented from where they hit the receiver cover when they were ejected. Resizing does not get rid of these dents. Should I bother trying to reload this stuff or just pitch them?

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April 6, 2006, 01:54 PM
Depending on the size of the dent they should be OK. Please post a pic and we can tell. If you choose not to use them, let me know, I might give em a shot and pay for the shipping

April 6, 2006, 03:25 PM
Almost all 7.62x39 brass that I've reloaded has that small AK dent.
It will fireform back to original shape when shot,and will likely redent when it ejects from your AK or SKS.
It loads fine in my experience.

April 6, 2006, 11:23 PM
Use the fingernail test: if your fingernail catches on a crease in the dent, pitch it.

A general rule is if there is a groove or scrach or crease the case is unsafe. Simple dents that are smooth and lacking any crease are OK.

Again, that's a general rule. Your milage may vary and heavy load/personal maiming warnings apply...

Smokey Joe
April 7, 2006, 01:14 AM
Mikee Loxxer--SKS's & AK's are notoriously hard on cases. I reload for my SKS and can tell how many times a given case has been fired by counting the old dents in it! The SKS's extractor also tries to rip the extractor rim off the case at each firing, too, so the rims get bent & dented.

If I discarded all the dented cases I'd reload zero cases, which would sort of end any saving I might get in reloading.

It being an autoloader, I never load it to near the maximum reccommended charge, which may be saving me all sorts of grief.

Fortunately, an SKS is not fussy about its fodder. I've fed mine back all its dented cases, no matter how badly dented, and it power-irons all the dents back out in firing--then puts a new dent in the case in ejecting! :mad: No failures to feed, either.

My big problem is that the SKS is so enthusiastic, and random, about ejection. Somewhere to the right is as consistent as it gets, except for the ones that go straight forward or straight up. The recovery rate on cases runs about 90% for me on a good day. The rest just disappear into a time warp or something.

But as for feeding--heh, no problem! :)

Mikee Loxxer
April 7, 2006, 07:38 AM
Thanks for information guys. It looks like I will be reloading this stuff eventually and feeding it to my SKS.

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