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45 ACP Brass Wear

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by nulfisin, Oct 2, 2009.

  1. nulfisin

    nulfisin Well-Known Member

    I've noticed that the edges of my brass at the case head (I believe where it is extracted) seems to be getting worn, scratched and ragged more quickly than I expected it to. This happens after one or two reloads. Basically, the edge of the case head looks older than it really is, although the rest of the case looks normal. And the primers aren't flattened more than factory loads are. Odd. Unfortunately, I don't have a digital camera for an upload.

    I'm new to handgun loading, so I'm wondering if this is normal and, if not, what the cause may be. How much wear should I tolerate? Thanks.
  2. JDGray

    JDGray Well-Known Member

    Maybe your extractor has a burr on it:) The cases will show marks in the groove, but shouldn't be ragged looking.
  3. nulfisin

    nulfisin Well-Known Member


    I suspected as much and it's not totally smooth. In any case, some of the cases come out fine. I'll keep those and pitch the others.
  4. floydster

    floydster Well-Known Member

    I have 45 ACP cases I have reloaded over 40 times, still in fine shape.
  5. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator

    They have to be really beat up not to work.
  6. The Bushmaster

    The Bushmaster Well-Known Member

    I've got .45 ACP and 9mmX19 brass that I don't even know who made them. Can't read the head stamp anymore. But they still work just fine for range shooting...Beats losing my newer brass...
  7. Maj Dad

    Maj Dad Well-Known Member

    I have brass I picked up on the range at Fr Bragg in 1973 and have been shooting & reloading ever since (along with a lot more). If it splits or the rim breaks off, I chunk it, otherwise, it goes in the "multi-fired" bin for range blasting with moderate loads. I try to use new or once fired brass for serious/defense loads, but nothing goes out unsung... ;)
  8. 243winxb

    243winxb Well-Known Member

    Make sure the lips on the magazines are smooth, no sharp edge. The ejector can be nicking the brass also.

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