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Does it matter if you seprate brass by maf?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by chris93555, Oct 28, 2011.


Do you separate brass by manufacturer?

Poll closed Nov 27, 2011.
  1. Yes

    19 vote(s)
  2. No

    7 vote(s)
  3. Military to Non

    4 vote(s)
  4. Sometimes

    14 vote(s)
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. chris93555

    chris93555 Well-Known Member

    I started reloading and was wondering if it makes a different to separate and load the same manufacturer of brass? ie, military to non, or same brands together FC with FC, Rem with Rem. I load the following caliber, 9mm, 40SW, 38 sp., 357 mag, 45LC .223, .243, and 308
  2. ColtPythonElite

    ColtPythonElite Well-Known Member

    I don't separate handgun brass at all....Generally, all of my rifle brass is one brand, so it doesn't need separating. If it were mixed, I'd only separate if if chasing extreme accuracy.
  3. Fishslayer

    Fishslayer Well-Known Member

    I sort my handgun brass by headstamp. Different manufacturers use different brass thickness.

    Now that we have so much SPP .45ACP brass showing up I suspect more will be doing so.

    Most people who reload don't sort handgun brass. It's just my own OCD. ;)
  4. Lothar Allen

    Lothar Allen Active Member

    I do. All of my shooting is for bullseye though. For any other type of pistol shooting I wouldn't bother. Fully prep your pistol brass (deprime, flash holes/pockets) and then take a random sample of statistical significance. You will likely be surprised at your standard deviation and extreme spread in case weights (weigh to the tenth). Since you have performed the case prep prior to this analysis you are given a more useful indicator of case thickness. I believe you will see a tighter SD and ES with sorted headstamps. I certainly don't do this for loading ammunition, but did this to determine if there was value in the sorting process. Obviously you must be much more critical of your brass prep and grading for rifle, but certain processes add value for pistol as well (at least theoretically). This is all assuming you are shooting a match grade pistol to begin with. Now if Lapua would just make 45acp brass...
  5. FROGO207

    FROGO207 Well-Known Member

    As a rule I do not do anything with handgun brass other than primer size in 45 ACP and 500S&W. I initially will look at water volume of each type of rifle brass and sort if there is a large variation. I do with commercial and military in 223 but other sizes mostly not. That said, I rarely load to max and any variations would be in the safe zone in my reloaded ammo. This approach has worked well for me. YMMV
  6. swiftak

    swiftak Well-Known Member

    Seperate rifle brass by brand. Handgun brass is all mixed.
  7. Craigman

    Craigman Well-Known Member

    at the very least, you should separate commercial rifle brass from military brass when working up loads.
  8. glenns

    glenns Well-Known Member

    I reload 45 ACP, 40S&W, 9mm and 38 spl. I pick up some brass from the range. I do not sort them before reloading except for those pesky 45's that use small primers.
  9. gamestalker

    gamestalker member

    Most of the time I separate by head stamp, but most important to me is trim length. Although it is really time consuming to do, I will spend a lot of time trimming all my brass to the same length, and then bagging it up according to head stamp.

    If your wanting to increase over all consistency, sorting and trimmimg makes that difference.

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