New to Reloading Question about Odd Looking Brass


August 31, 2011, 06:05 PM
I'm brand new to reloading, and am starting out learning on loading for my Glock 27 (Subcompact 40 S&W). I've read a few books on the subject but I can't really find the answer to my question. Okay I have two pictures of Factory brass that were fired from my Pistol. The first is the picture of the primer. It appears not only does it have the indent where the firing pin hit the primer, but it also has a groove leading away from the strike point. I fired a few different brands of factory ammo, all seemed to do the same thing but Winchester I believe did it the least. The other picture which I know is really really hard to see, but there appears to be a slight indent in the brass maybe 1/4 of an inch from the mouth and its maybe an 1/8 or 1/16 long, I'm guessing the brass is striking something on the way out, is it fine to reload brass in that condition.

Thank You.

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August 31, 2011, 06:11 PM
The glock smear on the primer is normal. Lots of folks will go on about it, but it is from the design of the gun, and as far as reloading, it's not an issue.

The shiny spot isn't a big deal. Lots of guns ding up the brass a little.

August 31, 2011, 06:13 PM
Glock firing pins don't leave a standard dimple in the primers. They are shaped differently than other firing pins.

As for the dimple in the case, I'm not sure what's leaving it.


Keep your head low and your powder dry.

August 31, 2011, 06:24 PM
Okay thank you for the help. I'm sure I will have bunch of other before I fire my first shot of reloaded brass. =-)

August 31, 2011, 06:28 PM
has a groove leading away from the strike point. Called Primer Wipe, some guns do it. Ding near mouth from hittig frame on ejection i would guess. Dont hurt anything.

August 31, 2011, 11:03 PM
Run em through your Decapping/Resizing die and you'll be good to go. Lee sells a "bulge buster" kit that you can also run your .40S&W brass through to get rid of the bulge at the bottom of the brass.

September 1, 2011, 04:13 PM
I don't have any dies yet, I've been trying to figure out which ones to get. Originally I had thought about getting RCBS dies, but now i'm thinking about possibly getting Lee Dies. Any complaints or praises about either one of those companies? Or Even going with a third Company? Or another idea I had was to get the 3 Set RCBS die set then getting the Bluge Buster and the Lee Chrimp die for chrimping the Bullet, since I've heard some bad things about the RCBS chrimping. Also if i get the 4 dies whats the correct order to use the dies? From what I understand I would use the regular Sizing Die, then the Bluge Buster, then the Mouth Expander, then finally Trim the case to size?

Thank You

September 1, 2011, 04:23 PM
I use RCBS, works fine-even removes 'glocking'. load lead and plated without problems. Have a couple of Lee rifle die, don't like the cheesy lock and 'O' ring.

September 1, 2011, 08:25 PM
My favorite feature is the cheesy lock ring. It is much faster to set dies and adjust with no tools. I have both RCBS and Lee dies. Can't tell a difference in overall performance.

September 1, 2011, 08:31 PM
My favorite die is a Forster. I have several RCBS dies and they are fine for handgun ammo but Forster dies are better IMO especially if you are going to reload rifle ammo.

September 1, 2011, 10:40 PM
Popper, you say that the RCBS dies "de Glock" the brass, so it removes the bluge all the way down and doesn't leave any? I've heard that there will always be a little bit a bluge at the base of the brass if you don't use one of the bluge buster dies, but didn't know how true that was.

September 1, 2011, 11:12 PM
I've got Lee, RCBS and Hornady dies. They are all good. The Lee dies are a little shorter and may be a little tougher to use on a LnL or other progressive press. But they work fine on a single stage. I de-Glock all my .40 brass with a Lee setup. I use a Lee factory crimp with the buster kit installed on a single stage RCBS. I put a bunch of cases in a plastic bag and spray them with home made case lube, lanolin and alcohol. Shake them up and pour them out on a towel. De-Glock and put in a plastic storage bins until I get ready to load. I'm loading on a LnL right now and I'm using Hornady dies, except, I added an RCBS Lock Out die to catch light or heavy charges. Then I seat with the Hornady crimp die but crimp in a separate step with a Lee die. Don't be afraid of Lee, they work fine and are a good value. But I have more RCBS than any other brand. My local GS carried RCBS back before I bought much mail order.

Red, green and even blue can co-exist on the same bench. Just be sure to get carbide pistol dies.

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