How many times do you reload pistol brass


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fmcdave
June 8, 2011, 07:56 PM
I won't get into what I do, but I'd be interested in understanding how many times folks reload pistol brass.

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41 Mag
June 8, 2011, 08:48 PM
I voted " Until the Case Splits"....

The truth of the matter is, until I loose it is usually a more accurate statement but wasn't one of the choices.

Even with my magnum revolvers, I am not loading to the last digit of performance, so my cases usually are lost while hunting or where ever they go, well before they start splitting.

Somewhere there is a pile of socks that match the odd pile I have in a bag by the dryer, sitting right next to a pile of brass cases that would refill most of my ammo boxes, I am sure.

dave from mesa
June 8, 2011, 08:57 PM
Until it splits (that's how I voted) or I lose them. Which ever comes first.

44vaquero
June 8, 2011, 08:59 PM
I do not load any caliber super hot, why beat up the gun. If you want bigger and faster move up to the next caliber etc. That having been said cases last a very long time. I just split a 45 acp with a 1995 head stamp!!! No idea how many times it's been around the Load Master.
The only exception to this seems to be .32 magnums they commit suicide seemingly at random(Small vertical split just below bullet seating depth.

zxcvbob
June 8, 2011, 09:07 PM
If the primers fall out, that's the same as a case split in my book.

Yarddog
June 8, 2011, 09:36 PM
I said 10 times as that is what I get on average before splitting ; )
Y/D

cfullgraf
June 8, 2011, 09:48 PM
I don't count the number of times I reload handgun brass. I shoot it until it fails or until I lose it, which wasn't an option in the poll.

cfullgraf
June 8, 2011, 09:50 PM
Somewhere there is a pile of socks that match the odd pile I have in a bag by the dryer, sitting right next to a pile of brass cases that would refill most of my ammo boxes, I am sure.

Yes!

Shimitup
June 8, 2011, 11:10 PM
I voted till the case splits however I usually loose semi auto brass before that happens. With revolver brass it's boxed and labeled as to how many times it's fired, when several split in any given firing I usually toss the whole lot since I figure it's pretty well used up.

ArchAngelCD
June 9, 2011, 12:12 AM
I've been reloading the same 1200 pieces of Remington .38 Special brass for over 6 years now and still haven't had one split on me.

Load them up until they split...

Steve Koski
June 9, 2011, 12:39 AM
Back when I cared (and had a lot less brass), I got 24 firings on a .40 case through a Glock 23. I had a lot split in the 8-12 range.

gamestalker
June 9, 2011, 12:48 AM
I don't use a numerical limit in determining the life span. I load it until it is showing clear signs of experation. Usually the head will begin to display some initial signs of separation long before I experience any other failure. Since I load exclusively with H110/296, I can pretty much expect signs of failure around the 12th cycle.

Steve Koski
June 9, 2011, 01:07 AM
FYI, I've been marking (notching) my 500 mag brass from day one. I have a lot in the 8-10 range. No splits yet, but that is THICK brass.

evan price
June 9, 2011, 04:55 AM
Until they split or until I lose them.

The other day I was shooting 45 acp in my Sig 220 at the range. I came with 200 rounds of 45 acp reloads. When I got home I had 300 pieces of 45 brass and another couple hundred each of 9mm and 40 S&W and a handful of 38 Specials... I think I know where all that brass you guys lose winds up... :)

Rollis R. Karvellis
June 9, 2011, 05:50 AM
I, would like mine back, thank-you very much.

lmccrock
June 9, 2011, 07:23 AM
Until it splits (that's how I voted) or I lose them. Which ever comes first.
For the win. :)

I have some 38 special nickel plated brass that the Ni is worn off.

glockky
June 9, 2011, 07:34 AM
Shoot it till it splits. But I am getting ready to start loading 357 sig and i think i will be a little more careful with it.

Sam1911
June 9, 2011, 08:02 AM
I have a fair bit of .45ACP brass that the headstamp is pretty much pounded/worn off of.

I shoot range pick-up brass and figure I have a constant stream of brass getting lost and "new" brass coming into the lot. If it splits, I throw it away.

RandyP
June 9, 2011, 11:02 AM
I scrounge all the brass I can at every range visit. I have NO way of knowing, and even less concern about finding out or trying to track how often a specific brass case gets reloaded.

For me reloading is a fun hobby, anything that starts to get like 'work' is banished from all my hobbies - lol

Now if I were shooting 1000 yard bolt action rifle and stopped after each shot to reclaim my fired brass? Or only shot revolvers? I reckon there would be a simple way to keep track? As a mostly semi-auto shooter? Heck I think one of the cases that came out of my CZ-52 last week still hasn't come down.

Otto
June 9, 2011, 12:21 PM
I have a fair bit of .45ACP brass that the headstamp is pretty much pounded/worn off of.

+1 I'm loading cases from the 1940's.
But with high pressure rounds, like 357 SIG, I trash time after 4 firings.

Archie
June 9, 2011, 11:50 PM
Until it splits or I can't find it. As mentioned.

Great minds think alike.

x_wrench
June 10, 2011, 08:27 AM
think of them as a nascar race car, on the last lap of the daytona 500, and you are in 3rd place. USE IT UP!

Siggie
June 10, 2011, 08:45 AM
As mentioned, Untill it splits, primers drop out, I lose it, or someone else picks it up.
(With practical shooting we do not really care which 200 out of 2000 cases we sweep up are belonging to whom... for 9mm that is).

TonyT
June 10, 2011, 10:37 AM
For the high pressure cartriges such as 9mm and 40 S&W I reload 4 times before consigning the case to scrap. With the low pressure cartridges such as 38 Special and 45 ACP I reload the cases until the case mouth starts fraying or the case splits.

jcwit
June 10, 2011, 10:49 AM
I reload till the case splits, why throw away good brass?

SlamFire1
June 10, 2011, 10:52 AM
I just finished loading 44 Magnum brass. I had boxes which were reloaded 19 times.

I no longer keep track of the number of times I reload 9mm, 38 Special, 45 ACP, and one bag of 44 Special. I could no longer see a purpose.

Some of my nickel plated 38 Specials have been sized so many times they are down to the brass.

Rifle ammunition, that is different, but I took one set of 308's in a M1a 22 reloads. I fired lubricated cases and never had a case head separation. Had neck cracks and body splits due to brass flaws.

I think 10 times in a rifle is probably a conservative and safe limit.

Pistol, load it till the mouth cracks or the body splits.

Whiskey11
June 10, 2011, 12:15 PM
Another "till it splits" guy here. Most of my "lost" brass gets either damaged by someone stepping on them beyond fixing or just lost.

Rifle I have only gone through one lot of .308. All federal brass and reloaded 9 times before the majority would split at case mouth. Wish I had annealed them a while ago.

jcwit
June 10, 2011, 04:03 PM
Regarding rifle I've got rifle brass (.223) thats been reloaded upwards of 70 times now.

dickttx
June 10, 2011, 04:41 PM
Originally Posted by 41 Mag :
"Somewhere there is a pile of socks that match the odd pile I have in a bag by the dryer, sitting right next to a pile of brass cases that would refill most of my ammo boxes, I am sure."

If my pile of 50 or 60 1/2" wrenches and pliers are with them send them back to me.

41 Mag
June 10, 2011, 06:59 PM
I think I know where all that brass you guys lose winds up...

Well you can keep the cases if you will tell me where the socks are....

If my pile of 50 or 60 1/2" wrenches and pliers are with them send them back to me.

Well these are in GOOD company, who ever finds them should have a nice set of tools, complete with several flat and phillips screwdrivers, channel locks, a couple pair of vice grips, assorted sockets in 1/4, 3/8/ and 1/2" drive, not to mention a half dozen different hammers in both claw and ball peen....

1SOW
June 10, 2011, 09:19 PM
The poll left out "or until the primer hole loosens up"
I get a lot of reloads with 9mm brass.

If the primer seats a little too easily, I paint it black, shoot it and don't reuse it.

FROGO207
June 10, 2011, 09:38 PM
I voted a while ago and came back and looked. Seems I am with the majority. I have several 5 gallon buckets of pistol brass separated by CAL. When used I clean/size/clean and toss it into the appropriate bucket. When I need some to reload I just grab them and go. This works well for me.:D I think I loose most of mine first however instead of wearing them out.

Yeah I have some 38 SPL brass that has all the plating worn off except for where the stamping is on the head.:D

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