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Milt1
May 10, 2014, 03:19 PM
I'm getting back into reloading after a long layoff and picking up components and reloading equipment a little at a time (wow, this stuff is expensive). I have some old brass from my previous reloading days, some that may be 50+ years old. I have a mixture of .38/.357.44Special/.44 Mag.

I was looking at this brass the other day and although it looks good I thought I'd run it by you guys at THR to see if you thought it was safe or if I should just discard. Thanks for any advice.

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Walkalong
May 10, 2014, 03:26 PM
As long as nothing has gotten on it that corroded it, it's fine.

WestKentucky
May 10, 2014, 03:29 PM
Even if it's tarnished and funky it will clean up in a tumbler. Should be good for at least 1 shot. If it cracks on that first shot, oh well pitch it and keep going.

Reefinmike
May 10, 2014, 04:54 PM
I have a few pieces of 45 and 38 brass from the early 40's... it shoots and loads just fine.

au_prospector
May 10, 2014, 04:59 PM
Some times old brass takes on a dark peanut butter type color, tumbler wont clean it...
Its called 'chocolate brass' and it is good to go.

ksimons
May 10, 2014, 05:32 PM
Old brass is just like the rest of us, gets better with age

I also restarted reloading after a thirty year absent and started with all my old brass. Cleaned up nice.

rchery59
May 10, 2014, 05:45 PM
I'm a little short on 357 brass, so if you aren't sure if it's ok, send it to me I can check it for you.

TooManyToys
May 10, 2014, 05:54 PM
Brass tarnish is ok,.. basically as long as your brass isn't covered with fuzzy green or powdery white corrosion, they should be ok.

Blue68f100
May 10, 2014, 07:59 PM
A lot of the older brass is better quality than some of the junk being produced today.

blarby
May 10, 2014, 08:26 PM
All old 44 mag brass is suspect.

I'll pm you my address for disposal.

armoredman
May 10, 2014, 08:59 PM
Don't throw it out if it's bad, save it for the scrap guy, make a few last pennies on it.

M1GarandDeerHunter
May 10, 2014, 10:14 PM
Old brass is fine as long as it wasnt stored in a corrosive atmosphere. Ive reloaded brass older than that and it was fine.:D

Vodoun da Vinci
May 11, 2014, 09:07 AM
Same here...shot up a bunch (thousands) of .38 reloads my Father in Law loaded over 30 years ago and al of it went bang and was surprisingly acurate. Salvaged the brass and reloaded it at least 4X times again already with no problemo.

I think some of the older brass I inherited in .32, .38, and .357 is better brass than I harvest now from the range on once fired.

VooDoo

FROGO207
May 11, 2014, 12:22 PM
I got some once fired 270 brass from an old time reloader a while ago. I think it was from the late 50's. Even the FC brass had thick necks. That old brass was better than the newer stuff IMHO. I would not worry if it is not corroded. Tarnish is no problem, clean and reload.

dickttx
May 11, 2014, 03:26 PM
When I got back into reloading after about a 40 year layoff, I shot all my reloads from the early 70's without a problem. EXCEPT, 50 WW nickel plated 357's. Twenty eight of the fifty split down the side when fired.
I had no problem at all with the empty brass.

Milt1
May 11, 2014, 10:26 PM
Thanks to everyone for their comments. I'm going to give this old stuff another try.

Milt1

ColtPythonElite
May 11, 2014, 11:57 PM
Some times old brass takes on a dark peanut butter type color, tumbler wont clean it...
Its called 'chocolate brass' and it is good to go.
I have plenty of it still in rotation.

km101
May 12, 2014, 12:08 AM
I've got commercial .38spl brass from the 70's and military .45acp brass from the 50's and it still loads/shoots fine.

Use it!

gamestalker
May 12, 2014, 06:32 AM
As long as the brass is in good condition, no corrosion or other obvious degraded issues, it's fine. I have used brass 3 or 4 decades old with no issues what so ever.

GS

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