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quick question

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by rero360, Nov 15, 2007.

  1. rero360

    rero360 Well-Known Member

    hey guys, one quick question for you all, when you buy new brass, do you tunble it first before anything else?

    I just bought a 1000 .45acp cases and not sure if i should tumble them first or not, they're brand new never fired. Thanks
  2. EddieCoyle

    EddieCoyle Well-Known Member

    I don't
  3. steve4102

    steve4102 Well-Known Member

    I FL size all of my new brass. I tumble my FL sized brass to remove the lube, so yes I tumble new brass, but only to remove lube.
  4. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator

    Size them, tumble them, knock out all the corncob, especially the primer holes, prime them, load them, shoot them, start over. :)
  5. Grandpa Shooter

    Grandpa Shooter Well-Known Member

    Depends on the condition of the cases. If they feel funny, or are obviously sticky or too slippery, then yes, what would it hurt?
  6. rero360

    rero360 Well-Known Member

    yeah, good point, I was just worried about the little brass slivers that are everywhere on them, when i got done seperating the brass into 100 round lots my hands looked at shiny and brassy.
  7. rero360

    rero360 Well-Known Member

    another quick question, didn't want to start a new thread.

    I've been looking through my books, they all list max COALs, but not minimums, I take it it depends on all the components, powder, bullet type and weight.

    i'm reloading the .45ACP, using fresh remington brass, 230gr FMJs. with titegroup, federal primers.
  8. ShunZu

    ShunZu member

    Ditto on "if brass feels sticky, tumble and be sure you punch it thru the first stage to make sure all corncobs are out of the primer holes.

    I like 6 griains of Unique behind a 200SWC. Would be a good starting point for your 230's. A bit dirty but accurate as hell.
  9. Steve C

    Steve C Well-Known Member

    Normally I run a chamfering tool on the inside and outside of new cases to break the sharp edges. If you don't you'll get little copper "wires" breaking off them when expanding, seating and crimping.

    While most manuals list max OAL's which is important to ensure that the ammo will fit in the magazine, cylinder or chamber the ones from the bullet manufacturers usually list the OAL they used for the particular bullet loaded. I probably loaded for 20 years without a caliper or any other measuring device, instead I set my OAL's using factory loads. Never had a problem with any of my reloads doing that.
  10. SilentArmy

    SilentArmy Well-Known Member

    I load about 3-5 thousandths under the COAL listed and a couple tenths under the max load on my .40 SW with new brass. If you go short, you will get Higher pressures so I compensate.

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