45 ACP Brass Wear


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nulfisin
October 2, 2009, 06:40 PM
I've noticed that the edges of my brass at the case head (I believe where it is extracted) seems to be getting worn, scratched and ragged more quickly than I expected it to. This happens after one or two reloads. Basically, the edge of the case head looks older than it really is, although the rest of the case looks normal. And the primers aren't flattened more than factory loads are. Odd. Unfortunately, I don't have a digital camera for an upload.

I'm new to handgun loading, so I'm wondering if this is normal and, if not, what the cause may be. How much wear should I tolerate? Thanks.

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JDGray
October 2, 2009, 07:32 PM
Maybe your extractor has a burr on it:) The cases will show marks in the groove, but shouldn't be ragged looking.

nulfisin
October 2, 2009, 07:54 PM
I suspected as much and it's not totally smooth. In any case, some of the cases come out fine. I'll keep those and pitch the others.

floydster
October 2, 2009, 08:53 PM
I have 45 ACP cases I have reloaded over 40 times, still in fine shape.
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Walkalong
October 2, 2009, 09:52 PM
They have to be really beat up not to work.

The Bushmaster
October 2, 2009, 11:38 PM
I've got .45 ACP and 9mmX19 brass that I don't even know who made them. Can't read the head stamp anymore. But they still work just fine for range shooting...Beats losing my newer brass...

Maj Dad
October 3, 2009, 11:07 AM
I have brass I picked up on the range at Fr Bragg in 1973 and have been shooting & reloading ever since (along with a lot more). If it splits or the rim breaks off, I chunk it, otherwise, it goes in the "multi-fired" bin for range blasting with moderate loads. I try to use new or once fired brass for serious/defense loads, but nothing goes out unsung... ;)

243winxb
October 3, 2009, 02:52 PM
Make sure the lips on the magazines are smooth, no sharp edge. The ejector can be nicking the brass also.

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