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Aluminum Gas Checks

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by hueyville, Jan 13, 2013.

  1. hueyville

    hueyville Well-Known Member

    As I have always used a.lot of gas checks and with the current component run on I decided to fattening up my inventory. Called my normal guy yesterday and ordered 1,000 in every caliber I use them and more in my popular calibers. Apparently there is no run on gas checks. As I always use copper that is what I ordered.

    My component supplier asked if I was interested in any aluminum units. Since I have never used them I did not get all excited about them till he priced some. Apparently he had a.customer order a.huge lot, put down a deposit and never picked them up. Been on his shelf over a year now. We did a little haggeling and now I own 250,000 aluminum gas checks in .22, .30, .357 & .429 calibers.

    Before I start wearing out the Google task bar and hitting the books, what.are.the pros and cons of aluminum gas checks compared to copper? I guess they can't suck too bas or would be out of production by now. If standard bullet prices keep climbing or get impossible to source I figure with this many extra gas checks and my personal favorite lead.alloy for rifle bullets I won't have to worry about bullets for a.couple of decades.
  2. ReloaderFred

    ReloaderFred Well-Known Member

    I make my own aluminum gas checks, and have been using them for a couple of years. I find no drawbacks using them at all. I even make gas checks that will go on a plain base bullet, which has been very helpful for a couple different firearms that tended to lead, no matter the bullet size, lube or alloy.

    Use them with confidence.

    Hope this helps.


    PS: And no, they don't wear your barrels out from aluminum oxide. Only people who have never used them promote this theory.
  3. Hungry1

    Hungry1 Well-Known Member

    I'd be interested in your method of making them RF, if you wouldn't mind sharing. Thanks
  4. NeuseRvrRat

    NeuseRvrRat Well-Known Member

    FreeChex is a popular method of making your own aluminum gas checks
  5. Hungry1

    Hungry1 Well-Known Member

    I'll look into it. Thanks
  6. ReloaderFred

    ReloaderFred Well-Known Member

    My tools were purchased from http://www.patmarlins.com/ I've got them in .35, .35 PB and .44 PB. You make them on your regular reloading press.

    Hope this helps.

  7. rixy308

    rixy308 Member

    Every so often the guy that makes Freechex puts a few different calibers on ebay.

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