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How many times do you guys reload rifle caliber brass

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by SteveCase, Sep 18, 2009.

  1. SteveCase

    SteveCase New Member

    Jun 23, 2009
    I have about 200 once fired mixed head stamped .30-06 brass. Most of them are remington, some winchester and a lil bit of federal brass. Ive used the search form and the terms I was searching for gave me nothing. So how often do you use the same brass for reloads. Im a new person to reloading and haven't yet started up. Also I want to being loading 9mm, So how many loads can you get from your brass
  2. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    Sep 17, 2007
    Eastern KS
    There is no way to put a set limit or number on it.

    Some rifle action types allow more case stretch then others, hotter loads, more headspace in one gun then another, excess shoulder set-back when resizing, etc.

    After a few firings, the case will stretch enough to require trimming, and the excess brass had to come from somewhere. Right?

    Here's where it comes from.
    You can use a bottleneck rifle case until you can feel a stretch ring inside the case with an L-bent paperclip. When you can feel it, the case is done for.

    For handgun brass, you can load it until you lose it in the weeds, or the neck splits, or the new primer falls back out when you put it in, whichever comes first.

    Last edited: Sep 18, 2009
  3. dubbleA

    dubbleA Participating Member

    May 23, 2009
    Tejas del sur
    I will continue to use a case until (1) the neck splits/cracks, which by the way annealing every 3-4 loading will help aot on this and (2) the primer pocket loosens. After that it gets whacked with a hammer and tossed in the scrap brass bucket.

    In these days I do alot of shooting and load development and find myself using the same, 3,5 or 10 pieces of brass until the above happens. You would be suprised how many times a case can be loaded if you're not hot rodding.
  4. ranger335v

    ranger335v Senior Member

    Dec 3, 2006
    "You would be suprised how many times a case can be loaded if you're not hot rodding. "

    AND, if you are sizing for your chamber instead of every rifle ever made in your cartridge. Do THAT and the cases will last a long time even if they are kinda hot.
  5. bigeye

    bigeye New Member

    Sep 12, 2009
    The longer you reload, the more you will inspect EVERY case and if it is not 'right' you will see it. Use every tool at your disposal, and if there is any doubt, crunch it so nobody can find it and use it. New brass is expensive, but care and caring costs little. Honestly, the longer you reload, it seems the faster you should get. It is the opposite. I check every case from stem to stern every time they hit my reloading bench. Reloading becomes an art as you continue doing it. Best of luck.
  6. Taildragger-J3

    Taildragger-J3 New Member

    Aug 31, 2009
    Aggieland, Tx
    I am a LONG WAY from an expert. I've reloaded some of my 30-30 cases 6-8 times (maybe a few more) before the flaws that have been described showed up.
  7. qajaq59

    qajaq59 Senior Member

    Dec 7, 2005
    S. C. Florida
    If you load it hot, it takes a beating and it'll go bad fairly quickly. But light practice loads seem to last a long time in my 30-30s or .308s. Just give it a good looking over when it comes out of the tumbler. And if you "think" it's bad? Then it probably is. Put it aside in a marked container, and then later when you are more experienced, check it again before you sell it for scrap.
  8. moooose102

    moooose102 Senior Member

    Oct 21, 2007
    West Michigan
    i reload it until one of two things happen. 1) the case neck splits, rendering the case useless (which is normally the case). or 2) i get the little tell tale ring towards the bottom of the case, that says "impending case seperation". which is bad ju-ju! that, has only happened to me personally a couple of times. but i have had LOTS of split case necks :cuss::banghead::fire:. ! reload them as many times as it is safe to do so.:D
  9. Rollis R. Karvellis

    Rollis R. Karvellis Active Member

    Feb 16, 2007
    S.E. OHIO
    After 10 loadings the ones that are still in good shape will be loaded and put away for the zombie's, any Fedral case's in .223 are ether scaped or if I know that they are only fired once it goe's into the put away stash also.

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