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Reloadable brass

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by bigcim, Sep 14, 2008.

  1. bigcim

    bigcim Well-Known Member

    I recently got a 150 rounds of 10mm for free at my local sporting goods. I was hoping to be able to reload the brass since its expensive. Its Remington UMC, the back of the box says its brass but it looks nickle plated because its a silver color. My question can this be reloaded
  2. cdrt

    cdrt Well-Known Member

    Yep, nickel brass loads just like regular brass. Rem-UMC makes good brass. And the price was right. :)
  3. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator

    Nickle plated brass. They charge extra for that stuff you know. :)
  4. bigcim

    bigcim Well-Known Member

    Do they?
    Yeah hopefully this brass last me for a while I would hate to buy some
    You can bet Ill be guarding these at the range also
  5. Sheldon

    Sheldon Well-Known Member

    Most reloaders, when given a choice between brass or nickle plated brass, will choose the brass cases. This is due to the nickle cases splitting quicker than the plain brass cases. The nickled cases do cost a little more as well due to the extra step of nickling them. They are nice in for areas of wet weather or humidity where corrosion might be an issue.
  6. Deanimator

    Deanimator Well-Known Member

    Better in fact. I find that brand new brass cases are "sticky" in carbide dies whereas nickel plated cases are not. Once the cases are used once, the problem goes away. The OP won't have this problem.
  7. The Bushmaster

    The Bushmaster Well-Known Member

    Bigcim...Haven't you heard? Nickel plated brass splits sooner then plain brass. Nickel plated brass scratches your dies and can scratch your rifle barrel when it flakes off?:D

    You better send that nickel plated brass to me so I can properly dispose of it...:evil:

    Hey...In all seriousness. Good find...Enjoy. Free? Nice sporting goods store you have there...:)
  8. moooose102

    moooose102 Well-Known Member

    well, the nickel vs brass case thing is one of those debates that just keeps on going. i have both in several calibers. the only reason i will spend the extra money for nickle plated brass is for hunting. i think it feeds better. but, i have hunted for years with standard brass, and only had a feed issue once. normally, it would probably be no big deal, and that time, it wasnt for me either. but you can bet if you plunked down $3k on a moose hunt, then, you would have a feed issue just when you didnt want it.
  9. CU74

    CU74 Well-Known Member

    As moooose102 says, the nickel vs brass debate is never-ending. I haven't personally found any difference except the color. I agree with cdrt that Rem-UMC is good brass. My Lee Turret reloads the nickel cases just like it reloads brass cases - just fine. I have yet to see any case splitting problems, but then I haven't reloaded any of my nickel cases more than four times.
  10. realtordoug

    realtordoug Active Member

    how many times?

    Are there any guidelines as to how many times you can reload a brass, or can you keep reloading as long as no cracks, other visible damage, etc.? (new to reloading - just set up the Lee Classic turret and am already getting hooked on reloading :))

    Update - was just looking at other threads and seems like you can keep reloading until brass shows signs of cracking, dents, etc. Especially with light .38 pistol loads used in a .357. Any other opinions?
    Last edited: Sep 21, 2008
  11. The Bushmaster

    The Bushmaster Well-Known Member

    Dents? Load'em...Shoot'em and the dents will disappear. This is O K unless the dent is more of a deep crease. Then toss'em...Other then that. You got it...

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