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Damaged brass safe to reload?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Dunkelheit, Apr 11, 2010.

  1. Dunkelheit

    Dunkelheit Well-Known Member

    Some of the .357 Mag catridges got a little damage from my lever action rifle. Is it safe to reload them or should i throw them in the junkbox? Its not about the money, im just curious.

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  2. Damon555

    Damon555 Well-Known Member

    In my opinion they are safe to reload. Between belling and crimping you probably wont even see those marks when all is said and done.
  3. ScratchnDent

    ScratchnDent Well-Known Member

    I, too, would reload those. I would size them, chamfer the inside and outside of the case mouth, then flare them, and I will bet they will be fine.
  4. bds

    bds Well-Known Member

    Agree with Damon555 and ScratchnDent.

    Size and bell the cases few times until the damage is gone or minimal.
  5. Scrapperz

    Scrapperz Well-Known Member

    I see no problems there, Size'em and load'em.

    HOWARD J Well-Known Member

    I really don't see any damage to speak of...............
    You should see them come out of my MINI 14 & some of my 45ACP's---then you could see some damage.........................:eek::eek:
  7. Dunkelheit

    Dunkelheit Well-Known Member

    Thanks for your help.
  8. Chas.

    Chas. Well-Known Member

    I'll bet you're shooting some flavor of Rossi. My Puma(Rossi) does the same thing with .44mag. I just ignore and reload as usual.
  9. The Bushmaster

    The Bushmaster Well-Known Member

    Load'em...Shoot'em...Load'em again. In the mean time see if you can determine what is causing that and correct it...
  10. Bula

    Bula Well-Known Member

    I'm wondering, if a little more roll in their crimps would keep this from happening. Also, check to see if there is a burr in the chamber mouth. But I'd sure reload those empties.
  11. UpTheIrons

    UpTheIrons Well-Known Member

    Agreed with everyone else. Resizing ought to fix most of this. Chamfering will do the rest.
  12. GP100man

    GP100man Well-Known Member

    Ifin it was my set up I`d roll it a little more !!
  13. Chas.

    Chas. Well-Known Member

    The cases are clipping the edge of the ejection port when ejected. Instead of ejecting straight up, ejection is at a bit of an angle. See the tip of the red arrow in the pic. That is where the contact is occurring. You can get an ejection spring which is much better, not as stiff from Steve Young, aka Nate Kiowa Jones, at stevesgunz.com. This is all assuming your gun is made by Rossi.

  14. David E

    David E Well-Known Member

    Were it mine, I'd bevel that edge just a bit.

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