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Do anything to new pistol brass?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Rustynuts, Dec 31, 2007.

  1. Rustynuts

    Rustynuts Well-Known Member

    New to this. Do you need to do anything to brand new pistol brass? Like re-size or chamfer, tumble clean, etc.? Starting on 45 ACP.
  2. herohog

    herohog Well-Known Member

    I resize "just to be sure," that and a good looking over of each round. If the brass is pre-primed, I simply adjust the primer pin up out of the way.
  3. Ol` Joe

    Ol` Joe Well-Known Member

    I resize to insure the mouths are round, and inspect for deformities.
  4. The Bushmaster

    The Bushmaster Well-Known Member

    Resize all new brass. Measure, trim if needed, camfer and debur...Tumble for about 30 minutes.
  5. Ed Gallop

    Ed Gallop Well-Known Member

    I don't tumble new brass but do check them for defects and resize. I once made the mistake loading without resizing and had to remove many of the loads because the casing didn't fit the chambers properly. Learned my lesson. Ed.
  6. Kimber1911_06238

    Kimber1911_06238 Well-Known Member

    resize, trim if needed and chamfer/deburr
  7. jfh

    jfh Well-Known Member

    With the new Starline I typically start with (in pistol calibers), I just start out with loading process after a cursory inspection. That is, in my 3-to-5 (Lee) die setups, start with the resizing, etc., etc.

    I have tried a bit of lube on the new cases to help minimize the sticking that can occur with new (Starline) brass and the Lee PT expander--but it really isn't worth the hassle, now that I've polished the expander a bit.

    Jim H.
  8. snuffy

    snuffy Well-Known Member

    I just loaded some NEW mag-tech,(CBC), brass, 44 mag. Put it through my Dillon 650. I left it set-up exactly like it would be if the brass was fired, sizer, expander and all. I noticed it didn't like to come off the expander/powder funnel. A spritz of RCBS case slick into the case feeder solved that, sizing was easier as well. It needed to have the inside of the cases lubed a bit.

    In another loading session, loading some 357 sig brass that I got from Midway. It was primed new PMC brass. Since this brass requires lube, like any other bottle necked brass, I backed the sizer way out as to not touch the brass. I didn't want to take the chance of killing the primers, OR having to move the decapper on a Hornady die!:fire: I figured the powder funnel/expander would round-out the mouths that were a bit out of round, it did.:D

    Normally all I do with any new brass is pass the expander through the brass with the die backed out a bit, so as not to have to lube them. This makes the dinged, out-of-round mouths round so it can be inside chamfered IF NEEDED. Bulk rifle brass from remwinchester, I also check the length, trimming if necessary.

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