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Safe to reload deeply scratched brass?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Vin, Apr 8, 2013.

  1. Vin

    Vin Member

    New to reloading and haven't seen this mentioned in any of my reloading books. Anyway, after creating a few dummy rounds and cycling them through my firearm I noticed on my newest magazine, the mag lips scratch the brass a little deep. I also pick up range brass and they always have minor scuff marks. I don't worry much about the light scratches on frees range brass, but the mag scratches are long straight deep lines.

    Fwiw, I'm reloading 45 ACP with Remington UMC brass, but I would like to hear your opinion and experiences with any modern cases (pistol and rifle). Seems to me a deep scratch may lead to premature case fractures, but what do I know.
  2. jim243

    jim243 Well-Known Member

    Get some emery cloth and polish the burs off the lips of the mags. Problem solved.

  3. Jesse Heywood

    Jesse Heywood Well-Known Member

    And if you feel the scratches are deep enough, use the brass for dummy rounds to set up your dies. A sharp picture would help us assess the damage.
  4. hovercat

    hovercat Well-Known Member

    If itis deep enough to make you wonder about it and post, then it is not safe.
  5. 45lcshooter

    45lcshooter Well-Known Member

    Emery cloth the brass and the magazine lip. It will be fine to load.
  6. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator

    A pic would help, but at .45 ACP pressure levels, it would have to be a serious "scratch" to be worried. Not something feed lips would do. Polish those feed lips.
  7. gamestalker

    gamestalker member

    As Walkalong said, 45 acp is a relatively low pressure cartridge and shouldn't pose much of a risk. But if you think they are 1/3 or more into the wall it might be safer to just use them for dummy rounds, or recycle brass bin. As for higher pressure cartridges, 9mm, .40 S&W, or .357 and the like, caution is in order, in my opinion.

    As for me personally, I really like my digits and vision, I will not use questionable brass. A few cents worth of brass is not worth the risk to me.

  8. Buck13

    Buck13 Well-Known Member

    Why sandpaper the brass and remove any more metal, if it chambers? I gouged the side of a 10 mm case with my FCD, probably 10-15% of the thickness of the wall of the case. It was a moderate pressure load, by 10 mm standards, so I chambered and fired it. That ironed the surface RIGHT out! Smooth as a baby's bottom. I'm retiring that case...

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