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Fluted Crimp on Winchester .30-30 Ammo?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by GunAdmirer, Oct 18, 2005.

  1. GunAdmirer

    GunAdmirer Well-Known Member

    I noticed on a new box of Winchester .30-30 ammo that the bullets were crimped with an unusual crimp. The crimp wasn't smooth all the way around but looked like a pie crust. Firing them took some of the "fluting" out. Is this brass okay to reload? What is the advantage to this type of crimp?
  2. Jim Watson

    Jim Watson Well-Known Member

    Go ahead and reload them. The expander ball will iron out the crimp although there will still be marks showing.

    Advantage? Cheap and fast in mass production equipment. Secure in a tube magazine.
  3. The Bushmaster

    The Bushmaster Well-Known Member

    Decap, clean, resize, trim if needed, reprime, drop the correct amount of powder, seat a new bullet and fire them at a range or game. You bet. No problem...:)
  4. Gewehr98

    Gewehr98 Well-Known Member

    I'd add "crimp" to Bushmaster's reloading steps above.

    Especially if shooting from a tube-fed levergun. (Recoil pushing bullets back into cases as they're all nose-to-tail in the magazine tube)
  5. The Bushmaster

    The Bushmaster Well-Known Member

    Oops...Sorry...Forgot...But, that's why we have Gewehr98 on this site. Thanks for remembering the missing step..:eek:
  6. Gewehr98

    Gewehr98 Well-Known Member

    It's not always necessary.

    I have a honkin' big pistol that fires a wildcatted .30-30 Winchester round, and those rounds never get crimped. My wrist and digits, on the other hand, do get crimped if I shoot too many rounds through it without a PAST shooting glove. ;)


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