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military match brass GTG??

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Morlock, Feb 7, 2007.

  1. Morlock

    Morlock Well-Known Member

    I have a batch of military 7.62x51 match (m852/118?) that was given to me by a friend a few years ago. I've gone through most of it, but saved the brass. There is knurling near the base of the cases. With ammo prices going up, i was wondering if this brass was GTG for reloading despite the knurling, or would this screw up the case sizing?


  2. Jim Watson

    Jim Watson Well-Known Member

    Best I recall, the knurled band is to indicate it was Special Match loaded with SMK instead of FMJBT. It is light enough that it should not affect the resizing.
  3. ReloaderFred

    ReloaderFred Well-Known Member

    It's good brass and the slight knurling won't hurt it. The cannalure was only put on there to denote that it was loaded with the Sierra bullets.

    Hope this helps.

  4. USSR

    USSR Well-Known Member

    Yep, M852. GTG.

  5. 30Cal

    30Cal Well-Known Member

    If you FL resize, make sure you use a case gage. They'll come apart early if you overwork them by pushing the shoulder back too far.

    4th firing, the standard 168gr match load
  6. ReloaderFred

    ReloaderFred Well-Known Member

    Good suggestion. Most case separations are caused by over sizing the case, making the loaded round too short for the headspace of the individual rifle. When I bought my first RCBS Precision Mic, I cured my separation problems by setting up sizing dies for each rifle and keeping the brass separate. Now, instead of getting 2 or 3 reloads out a case, the norm is more like 7 or 8.

    Hope this helps.

  7. win308

    win308 Well-Known Member

    I believe later batches of 852 had the knurl slightly higher up on the case to eliminate the case head seperation.

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