.25 acp Brass scarcity

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  1. Darth-Vang

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    Where in the world could I get .25 acp in bulk? I know not much people have .25 acp brass for reloading. I’ve got swaging dies for .25 acp just not enough casings...anyone know where I can get .25 acp brass? I tried google ain’t got nothing in stock. Don’t know a whole lot of folks that has any for reloading either...
     
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  3. Darth-Vang

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    I would prefer to buy from someone that don’t need theirs. But that’ll be a last resort if I can’t find anyone.
     
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    Then run an WTB add in the Buy/Sell/Trade Reloading Components section of this forum.... HERE.
     
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  5. jebova2301

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    Honestly, you're going to have a pretty tough time finding bulk amounts of 25acp brass. It is nearly a dead caliber(less power than a 22lr, more expensive than 22lr, and the only real benefits are centerfire primers being more reliable and 0.03 inch larger diameter). Since the market for it is so small, it isn't produced in huge manufacturing runs like most common calibers, making availability spotty. Couple that with most people simply firing and forgetting it, as they find it too tedious to deal with reloading, and you end up with a supply that is difficult to find.

    About the only place I am seeing with it is Crown Bullet MFG, but I have no experience with them, not can I couch for the validity of their company. They want 75 bucks for 500 pieces of once fired brass. If you are interested, here is the link: http://www.crownbullet.com/25--acp--once-fired-pistol-brass-500-25500.html

    Another option you may be able to try is to go to a couple local shooting ranges and ask if you can sort through their swept brass and see if there is any in there. If they allow you to, it will probably be time consuming. Even then, it may not be worth the effort for all the time you would have to put into it compared to the small amounts you would likely get out of it.

    I normally hate telling people that it would just be better to buy new, but I think this is one of those instances where that really is the best option. It will save you a lot of time and effort trying to find it, and that would be worth the small increase in price in my opinion.
     
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    I have an old Barretta model 20 that I load for. Its a great little 3rd b/u weapon while on duty...probably not kill them but its easily concealable and would be a hella surprise.

    I purchased 500 once-fired .25 ACP from Diamond K Brass (out of stock presently) and it was a fairly good deal (even though there were about 20 Berdan primed cases in the batch). I set up Ammoseek (ammoseek,com) and it alerted me when they came into stock.

    The Speer website usually has the 35 grain Gold Dot bullets in stock.
     
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    My hat is off to anyone with the dexterity and patience to reload .25 ACP. I load (have loaded on occasion) .32 ACP and find that a pain.

    I have a few fired .25 ACP cases I would give you, but half a handful at most. I live in central Nebraska, contact me if you want them. I doubt if mailing would be cost effective.
     
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  8. Trent

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    My hands are cramping just thinking about reloading 25 ACP.

    If you do, my hats off to you!
     
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  9. Mark_Mark

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    well we know this group is not a bunch of Brian surgeons. Scatawatch hands
     
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    Lyman lists loads with 700X Start 1.5 Max 1.7
    I can just picture loading .25 with 700X and tweezers,
    1 flake, 2 flakes, 3 flakes....:eek:
    (Anyone have some 700X? how many flakes to make 1.5gr?)
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    I just had to look to see if a flake of 700X would even go in the case sideways:evil::D
    (ok so they are not that big)


    AA#2 might be a good choice, still 2/10s start to MAX.
    Edit: Lyman does list AA#2 start 1.6 MAX 1.8 with 35gr Speer GDHP as mentioned later AA#2 is fine grained and meters great.

    Curious what powder the OP is using
    I would guess loading .25 might be "fun" for us with fumble fingers.....
    tiny charges, tiny cases, tiny bullets.
     
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    Accurate #2 gentlemen....1.9 grains of powder fine grains
     
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  12. Swampman

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    .25 ACP is the only centerfire chambering that I'll buy in aluminum cases.

    Reasons:

    #1 - I very rarely shoot it.

    #2 - It's not a round that can be significantly improved by handloading.

    #3 - The brass is almost impossible to find once it hits the grass. If you do find one, it magically turns into .22 LR after you pick it up.

    #4 - I like to sort all my cases by headstamp, but life is too short to go blind while doing it.
     
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    25 ACP is one casing i never found on my brass round ups. I don't think it's very popular.
     
  14. Mark_Mark

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    .25 acp was my 1st gun. Raven Arms $60 private sale. That gun worked ok
     
  15. Eugen

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    I have a few vintage European 25acp autoloaders that I exercise at the range periodically. But, not enough to handload for them. I generally am able to find enough of old factory ammo at gun shows that is reasonably priced to meet my needs. I was lucky enough to stock up on factory 25acp before the crazy ammo shortage.

    I handload 32acp, but geez, I am just not masochistic enough to handload 25acp. I do respect those that do. I hope the OP is able to source all the brass he needs from the suggestions provided by others.
     
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