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do you weigh your brass

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by rhartwell, May 17, 2009.

  1. rhartwell

    rhartwell Well-Known Member

    I still am new to reloading. I have reloaded about 1000 rounds of 9mm. I just recently got a scale to weigh the finished loads. I am finding that there is a variation of weights of the finished rounds. Curious I checked the powder wights and then the bullets. They were just about where I expected. The only variation was the brass. Since I have been shooting them and have had only one problem, one round did not get any power. Dummy me. As long as the weights are in a range that tells me they got powder am I ok or should I weigh each brass before reload? Thanks for your help. I have learned so much on THR.
  2. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator

    I weigh .223 brass to get an idea of case capacity because I have a wide variety of cases.

    I weigh my 6PPC brass to the nearest tenth and make batches. (After prepping)

    I don't weigh anything else. I certainly would not waste time weighing 9MM, .40, .45, etc.
  3. Clarence

    Clarence Well-Known Member

    I always weighed my brass back when I was shooting benchrest competition, but there is no advantage to weighing your brass for any other type of shooting.
  4. dirtman

    dirtman Well-Known Member

    I only weigh my rifle brass for the bench and... never for hunting or hand gun...
  5. ants

    ants Well-Known Member

    I weigh and match groups as mentioned by Walkalong, but only when I'm working up a new accuracy load in a rifle that's capable of max accuracy.

    Otherwise, I just tumble/size/trim/load and shoot 'em.
  6. Cajun CB

    Cajun CB Active Member

    The CCI, Blazer and Speer brass has thinner walls that would result in lower overall weight.
  7. The Bushmaster

    The Bushmaster Well-Known Member

    No...I weigh my powder instead...Every drop...
  8. freakshow10mm

    freakshow10mm member

    I weigh every component for my carry loads but not for plinkers.
  9. Cajun CB

    Cajun CB Active Member

    I gave some bad information. The CCI, Blazer and Speer cases DO have thinner walls but they actually weigh more.
  10. SASS#23149

    SASS#23149 Well-Known Member

    Waste of time weighing pistol brass,the time is better spent making sure you don't undercharge/overcharge your cases.That is THE most important step in this endeavor.
  11. fourdollarbill

    fourdollarbill Well-Known Member

    I always worry about the powder drop. It is hard to look in a case on a progressive reloader with out moving and squinting so I bought two flexible bicycle mirrors and mounted them to the press. Now I can see the inside of the case without moving out of position. - no i'm not lazy i just can't see that close :what:

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