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life span of 45lc brass

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Dueling1911s, Dec 27, 2011.

  1. Dueling1911s

    Dueling1911s Well-Known Member

    just wondering how many times i can reload 45lc brass

    my old lady got me a ruger vaquero in stainless along with rcbs carbide dies, shell holder, and lee carbide crimping die. been saving my brass for a while now because i have a judge
  2. Blue68f100

    Blue68f100 Well-Known Member

    I have loaded straight wall brass over 15+ times. In a auto you normally loose them before they split if you using good quality brass. If you don't over flare the top it will go a very long time. If you take the time to anneal the mouth it will go longer. The primer pockets will loosen if your shooting hot loads before the mouth split.
  3. cfullgraf

    cfullgraf Well-Known Member

    I agree with Blue68f100.

    My standard load 45 Colt cases last a very long time.

    If you hot rod the loads, the cases will not last as long.

    Personally, I would not hot rod the 45 Colt. If you want 44 Magnum performance, get a 44 Magnum or 454 Casull. But it is your choice.
  4. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    I would hot-rod the .45 Colt, in a Ruger Blackhawk or something.

    But the OP has a Judge.

    They are not nearly as strong a gun as a Ruger Blackhawk, and it should be limited to standard pressure .45 Colt loads.

  5. helotaxi

    helotaxi Well-Known Member

    Agreed...but on a side note, have you seen the "Raging Judge"?

    .410, .45C and .454Casull. 6 shot and a large frame.
  6. gamestalker

    gamestalker member

    It's difficult to determine what the life span will be for any cartridge. I know guys that get 25-30 runs from 7 mag. and other high powered bottle neck cartridges before they make it to the recycle bin. I'm not that lucky and average 12-15 runs before the brass expires. It has a lot to do with how they are resized, the powder and charge used, and the chamber being fired from, and the brass being used. My magnum wheel gun brass will go for at least 15 runs before it reaches it's end. I load with H110/296 for mag. wheel guns, but for other's like the 38 spcl., which I also load with a high performance slow burning powder, will go a bit longer before expiring.

    If a guy loads low end light loads, the brass will likely out last the loading style of guy's like me.
  7. Dueling1911s

    Dueling1911s Well-Known Member

    i'm actually loading 45lc for my new vaquero. i'm considering selling my judge. none of my local ranges will allow the shotshells
  8. MAUSER88

    MAUSER88 Well-Known Member

    Try some Trail Boss powder. You will love it!!
  9. ReloaderFred

    ReloaderFred Well-Known Member

    I've had nickel .45 Colt brass split on the first loading, but some yellow brass cases will go quite a few times before splitting. With that said, I've found .45 Colt brass to split well before other calibers with the same number of reloads on them. It could be due to the "generous" chambers of some firearms in this caliber. I use Trail Boss for most of my loads in this caliber.

    Hope this helps.

  10. ArchAngelCD

    ArchAngelCD Well-Known Member

    I have some .45 Colt brass that I've loaded 6X after the initial firing and they are all just fine. Standard .45 Colt loads are low pressure rounds so the brass should last a very long time. (think .38 Special)
  11. ArtP

    ArtP Well-Known Member

    .... whoops
    Last edited: Dec 28, 2011
  12. ArchAngelCD

    ArchAngelCD Well-Known Member

    No offense meant but you may pride yourself on being a stickler for details but you missed the OP telling us he has both a Ruger and a Judge in the first post...
  13. ArtP

    ArtP Well-Known Member

    Point taken and cyanide swallowed. Ouch!
  14. ArchAngelCD

    ArchAngelCD Well-Known Member

    I wouldn't worry much because we all sometimes read a post too quickly and miss something in that post. I know I've done it more than once... ;)
  15. dagger dog

    dagger dog Well-Known Member

    I had the same experiance with nickel 45 Colt that Fred had, some split on the 1-2 reloads,they were neck splits.

    The tip on minimum flaring from Blue68, is a must if you want your brass to live !

    I have a Rossi 92 that's brutal on brass, it bulges the base at the feed ramp area,but shooting low pressure loads makes it possible to get respectable life.
  16. Hondo 60

    Hondo 60 Well-Known Member

    I've got some Winchester 45 Colt brass that's on reload number 12 & still strong.

    But my loads are light & I don't over bell the brass.
    10.5 gr of AA5 with MCB Cowboy #4
    11.5 gr (of AA5) with Berry's 185 gr SWC
  17. bergmen

    bergmen Member.

    I've been reloading .45 Colt for about 20 years and have lost maybe five pieces of brass in that time (due to neck cracking). I have some Federal brass that has been reloaded so many times I've lost count. And these have been loaded to the max for my Blackhawk (25 grains of W296 under a 250 grain JHP).

    .45 Colt is the caliber that is easiest on brass of all of my handgun calibers.

  18. gilgsn

    gilgsn Well-Known Member

    I keep reloading until a case splits, then I finish reloading that box and it goes in storage.. No need to count, but you must keep brass separated..

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