I didn't know they made cases like this! Seems somewhat dangerous for reloading. Does everyone check their brass with a magnet before loading? I ordered some 9mm Sellier & Bellot range ammo online, looked like brass, but the box says "Copper Plated Steel Case". Haven't fired any yet, will the plating crack off and the steel base become obvious?
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February 16, 2008, 09:21 AM
It will shoot fine. You just won't have nice reloadable cases when your done. I have heard tell of that steel cased S&B, but have not seen any.
February 16, 2008, 10:05 AM
I was worried about getting this type of brass mixed in with range brass when I scrounge.
February 16, 2008, 01:11 PM
Just look at head stamps. or you can use a mag. but aluminum cases can slip through but they are easy to spot. When I pick up range brass I usually just pick up a couple hundred cases. I check the head stamps and only keep the better brands.
February 16, 2008, 01:19 PM
No mention of what caliber you are talking about but:
There is a lot of Russian & former Com-Block ammo being imported with the "Bi-Metallic" steel cases.
Used to be it was all grey-green lacquer coated, but now it is not so obvious since they started with the brass plating.
In addition to being steel, a lot of it is also Berdan primed.
Either steel, or Berdan primed is not reloadable in the common sense of the word.
Normally, a magnet is not used.
What I do is go through range brass and inspect it all for damage, rocks & cigarette butts, etc, while also sorting it by head-stamp into separate piles.
Then the Steel case & Berdan primed stuff goes in the trash!
the gov had steel cased 45 acp in ww2 made at the dodge plant in EVANSVILLE IND.they made 3 billion 45+1/2 billion 30 carbine cart.103,000,000 cart were made in JAN 1943=the production started june 30,1942.this info is from the book "bullets by the billion"1946. :D---:D
February 16, 2008, 05:31 PM
This was 9mm stuff. Looks like normal brass. I don't sort by stamp, so I guess I need a good magnet now!
February 16, 2008, 05:32 PM
the gov had steel cased 45 acp in ww2
This is true.
However, you don't generally run into it much anymore in range pick-up.
BTW: Ours was all zink plated, and easily spotted amounst "brass" brass.