Brass Has small dings. Ok to reload?


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TygerAR
January 5, 2012, 05:15 AM
Went to the range and picked up my brass from new factory ammo. About half the brass has small dings or scratches. They are LC and PMC .223. Should I reload them to fire one more time? Are they safe to fire? And how do you determine the brass you keep and the ones you toss (Not assuming the obvious signs of damage)?

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res7s
January 5, 2012, 05:32 AM
The dents don't appear to be too bad. The mouse dookie on the second case doesn't look like it's hurting things either. http://www.exteriorballistics.com/reloadbasics/caseinspect.cfm

Bovice
January 5, 2012, 05:59 AM
The indication to me that a .223 case is done is a split case neck after firing, and you won't know that until you pick it up off the ground afterward. I've never had anything worse than that.

helotaxi
January 5, 2012, 06:52 AM
Those are the standard dings from ejection from an AR type rifle. They don't hurt anything and will get blown back out next time the case is fired.

BeerSleeper
January 5, 2012, 06:58 AM
Dents no. Those are likely from hitting the brass deflector on the upper receiver.

What does everyone think of the line on the second one from the left, just above the case head? Is that an indicator of case thinning, or just an ordinary sizing mark?

helotaxi
January 5, 2012, 07:09 AM
Looks like a sizing mark to me. The last case on the right has the exact same mark in the exact same place. The "paper clip" method is the only way to tell for sure though. FWIW, the only place I've seen .223 cases separate are mid-body not near the web.

kingmt
January 5, 2012, 07:15 AM
Dents no. Those are likely from hitting the brass deflector on the upper receiver.

What does everyone think of the line on the second one from the left, just above the case head? Is that an indicator of case thinning, or just an ordinary sizing mark?
It looks like it is down in the web so I would guess good to go.

BeerSleeper
January 5, 2012, 07:38 AM
I haven't had a case get that close yet.

You know how it is when you're looking for something. You start to see it everywhere...

jcwit
January 5, 2012, 10:44 AM
As others have said, that ding will fire form back out, there's no problem with it.

Ledhore
January 5, 2012, 12:16 PM
I've got IMI brass with over 20 reloads fired through an AK that make your brass look virgin. You've got nothing to worry about there.

amlevin
January 5, 2012, 12:23 PM
Some of those "dings" will disappear when sized. The rest when fired.

My .223 brass gets loaded until the primer pockets get loose or the necks split. If the primer pocket seems loose it just gets marked with a sharpie. When it's shot then that piece of brass goes into the recycle bucket which helps pay for new gadgets.

TygerAR
January 5, 2012, 01:19 PM
Cool Thanks. Had about 70 cases in that shape. Would of hated to throw them away.

gamestalker
January 5, 2012, 02:37 PM
The dings are of no concern and will iron out the next time they're fired. But those line's that resemble sizing marks are deffinitely worth taking a closer look at. Those may be initial separation signs?

Walkalong
January 5, 2012, 04:44 PM
The dings look OK.

The ring looks like sizer marks or case stretch from fat cambers (http://www.thehighroad.org/showpost.php?p=7349348&postcount=17).



You can use various tools to check inside the case for thinning (http://www.thehighroad.org/showpost.php?p=7348070&postcount=8).

These are simple tools that work.

http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=103714&d=1250726722

Nutbustd
January 5, 2012, 05:02 PM
My .223 Saiga did that until I removed a very small amount metal in the ejector cover. After using a dremel problem gone. AR same thing. Had no problem reloading though. Did not know about when fired the tiny dent would disappear Good to know thank you all for that

TygerAR
January 5, 2012, 10:13 PM
My .223 Saiga did that until I removed a very small amount metal in the ejector cover. After using a dremel problem gone. AR same thing. Had no problem reloading though. Did not know about when fired the tiny dent would disappear Good to know thank you all for that
But those line's that resemble sizing marks are definitely worth taking a closer look at. Those may be initial separation signs?

Learning a lot today. Thanks.

My .223 Saiga did that until I removed a very small amount metal in the ejector cover. After using a dremel problem gone. AR same thing. Had no problem reloading though. Did not know about when fired the tiny dent would disappear Good to know thank you all for that

I was thinking the same thing. I shoot 2 guns that day a carbine with the port cover and a rifle with no port cover. I think the brass from the rifle came out un-dinged.

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