My First Cracked Case!


January 27, 2008, 06:05 PM
No, not from my reloads. Found this in a batch of range brass I cleaned and tumbled. A little surprised to find it. This is a 40S&W, so probably fairly common. Pretty hard to miss this crack. I'm sure this will just be one of many, but your first one is always special!

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January 27, 2008, 06:08 PM
Your first crack is always special?
Yes indeed it is! :D


January 27, 2008, 06:19 PM
Sometimes I think they crack after resizing and expanding as well. A big indicator is when the bullet goes into the case VERY easy. Sucks because now you have a junk case primed.

January 27, 2008, 06:32 PM
Maybe it came that way new... WW headstamp?

This fella shows a factory new Winchester round (WWB) that looks very similar:

Just another reason to roll yer own, and the case you have looks more like a drawing problem, not from repeated use IMO.

January 27, 2008, 06:48 PM
Well, I certainly remember the first crack I found.

Jim H.

January 27, 2008, 06:53 PM
Was there a pipe to go with it? :neener:
The first is always more memorable, for sure.

Yep, that's a split case. Toss it in the scrap box to sell later.

January 27, 2008, 06:56 PM
Not a pipe, but a 4" dia. fire hose. :p

Which does cause cracking while expanding.

Jim H.

January 27, 2008, 06:57 PM
Now yer just braggin' :neener:

January 27, 2008, 07:01 PM
All innuendos aside, I find a split case or two per couple thousand pieces of brass I sort. Some of that brass has been loaded upwards of ten times, so it isn't really a big deal. It DOES piss me off to realize it's split AFTER it's primed. :)

January 27, 2008, 07:23 PM
Talking about cracked cases, reminds me of some 30-06 ammo that I reloaded for my Garand, several years ago & never got around to shooting.
When I tried to load them up in the M1 clip, a few months ago, I found that virtually all the case necks had cracked. These were first time reloads of the cases. I went through my stock of -06 ammo & found about 60 more just like these all loaded at the same time. All loaded with Sierra 168 HPBT Matchkings, all with cracked necks or necks that would crack if you pushed sideways on the bullet. Checked my records & realized that the cases had all been tumbled in my Lyman tumbler at the end of the media's life. I had "rejuvinated" the media with metal polish that had AMMONIA in it. Right away, it had no affect. several years later & brittle brass was cracking.
Something to remember for the future my friends, never use metal polish that has ammonia in it.


January 27, 2008, 07:27 PM
duplicate post

January 27, 2008, 08:43 PM
This was a CBC case if anyone is keeping score!

January 28, 2008, 05:23 AM
You can always here them when your seperating the tumbling media out, Like a broken bell:D

345 DeSoto
January 28, 2008, 07:47 AM
I've found cracked cases (22-250) in NEW, unfired Factory brass...

The Bushmaster
January 28, 2008, 09:58 AM
Hee hee...Not even going to make any comment on this one (crack). Got in trouble yesterday on here and that is enough for one day (crack)....

January 28, 2008, 02:01 PM
Yeah! FIRSTS ARE SPECIAL. A friend of mine worked in a foundry, where they got lots of requests to bronze baby's first "whatever", shoes and the like. :rolleyes: Yeah! FIRSTS ARE SPECIAL.

He said that over the years they have had many requests to bronze baby's first solid poop!!!!!!!???????? EEEEEEEEEuuuuuuuuu! :what:Yeah! FIRSTS ARE SPECIAL. Speaking of wise cracks.:neener::D

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