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marking once/twice/3 times fired brass

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by willymc, Jan 9, 2013.

  1. willymc

    willymc Well-Known Member

    I want to mark some once, twice, and 3 times fired brass to be wet tumbled together with stainless steel. I don’t have enough of each to justify tumbling separately. I know marking with felt tip pen will just be tumbled off. I was wondering if it would be ok to etch a small mark by the headstamp with a dremel or such. I don’t see a problem but there is way more experience here than I have.
  2. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

  3. willymc

    willymc Well-Known Member

    Thanks again, RC. I've got one of those in my tool box. I'm going to out and give it a try.
  4. willymc

    willymc Well-Known Member

    Works like a champ! Thanks again!
  5. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    Thats good!

    Just make sure you aren't throwing up big divots that will effect headspace or chambering.

  6. Chawbaccer

    Chawbaccer Well-Known Member

    I use a triangular file on mine. A quick swipe along the bottom edge of the rim and it it done.
    I'm not arguing against the center punch, I just don't have one.
  7. NeuseRvrRat

    NeuseRvrRat Well-Known Member

  8. Kachok

    Kachok Well-Known Member

    I don't get why you would need to sort brass by the number of times it has been fired could someone fill me in? I have some PPU brass that has been used more times then I care to count that still groups fantastic with the once fired stuff of the same brand. I always thought that once brass was worn out the primers would not stick or the neck would crack when resizing. Am I missing something?
  9. NeuseRvrRat

    NeuseRvrRat Well-Known Member

    some folks only like to fire some brass a certain number of times. for example, reload 223 for a semi-auto too many times and you may end up with a case head separation.
  10. jcwit

    jcwit Well-Known Member

    Onion bags work well, and are free, well they are after you use the onions.
  11. capreppy

    capreppy Well-Known Member

    I like to keep track of mine to know when to anneal. Certain brass, I'll anneal every 3.
  12. CLP

    CLP Well-Known Member

    I just keep mine in those heavy duty gallon-sized zip lock freezer bags and write X1, X2, X3...etc to indicate the number of times they've been reloaded. That way I don't have to worry about etching anything into the brass and I tumble and load them as a group. The same info goes onto my reloading label as well.
  13. Dthunter

    Dthunter Well-Known Member

    Everyone has a system. If it works for you thats just fine.
    I myself donot keep track of the #of fireings, but I do rotate the cases in the MTM cases I use.

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