just learned the value of inspecting brass after tumbling


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gpwelding1
July 11, 2011, 01:09 PM
i tumbled my first batch of 9mm brass last nite.when inspecting them this morning i found a .380 mixed in with them:scrutiny:.not sure what it would have done if i would have accidentaly tryed to load it,but im glad im not going to find out!:D

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Tom488
July 11, 2011, 01:15 PM
I did a batch of about 500 9mm the other night... tossed maybe a half-dozen 7.62x25 and a couple of .380s into the brass bucket while loading. They just felt different, so they got tossed as soon as I picked them up.

One of the benefits of a manual case feeder, I guess :D

amlevin
July 11, 2011, 01:16 PM
I've had it happen a couple of times. On my Dillon 650 I notice that the "down stroke" doesn't take much effort. I merely let the case progress, remove it from the bullet seating position, pour the powder back into the reservoir and remind myself to be more careful. In the past I have actually seated a bullet but they don't sit far enough into the case to stay there long. Makes a mess when they fall into the finished cartridge bin.

I've got so much 9mm brass now I've stopped picking up range brass other than my own so I don't have the problem anymore.

gpwelding1
July 11, 2011, 01:50 PM
since im just getting started, im double and triple checking my self on stuff.i know im going to make mistakes,but ifigure if i keep this practice up i will catch my mistakes before they become a round in the chamber.:o

Fishslayer
July 11, 2011, 02:44 PM
I sort by headstamp & catch most of it there.

On my Lee Classic Turret the sizing/decapping stroke takes very little effort.

If I don't catch it then, when it gets to the expander/charging die it doesn't expand & it doesn't get a charge. Again, zilch effort on the stroke.

If I STILL haven't caught it, the bullet is obviously not seated deep enough.

If it makes it to the finished ammo box I deserve what I get. :(

FWIW after awhile you'll be able to tell just by picking up the case.

rondog
July 11, 2011, 02:57 PM
FWIW after awhile you'll be able to tell just by picking up the case.

No kidding. I've scrounged up so much brass that I can spot .380's now lying on the ground mixed with 9mm's. 9mm Mak's are still tough to differentiate though.

Fishslayer
July 11, 2011, 03:02 PM
No kidding. I've scrounged up so much brass that I can spot .380's now lying on the ground mixed with 9mm's. 9mm Mak's are still tough to differentiate though

Yup. Fortunately the few Maks I've come across have some funky kind of coating on the cases. They're sore thumbs.

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