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Aluminum Gas Checks

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by hueyville, Jan 13, 2013.

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  1. hueyville

    hueyville Member

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    As I have always used a.lot of gas checks and with the current component run on I decided to fattening up my inventory. Called my normal guy yesterday and ordered 1,000 in every caliber I use them and more in my popular calibers. Apparently there is no run on gas checks. As I always use copper that is what I ordered.

    My component supplier asked if I was interested in any aluminum units. Since I have never used them I did not get all excited about them till he priced some. Apparently he had a.customer order a.huge lot, put down a deposit and never picked them up. Been on his shelf over a year now. We did a little haggeling and now I own 250,000 aluminum gas checks in .22, .30, .357 & .429 calibers.

    Before I start wearing out the Google task bar and hitting the books, what.are.the pros and cons of aluminum gas checks compared to copper? I guess they can't suck too bas or would be out of production by now. If standard bullet prices keep climbing or get impossible to source I figure with this many extra gas checks and my personal favorite lead.alloy for rifle bullets I won't have to worry about bullets for a.couple of decades.
     
  2. ReloaderFred

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    I make my own aluminum gas checks, and have been using them for a couple of years. I find no drawbacks using them at all. I even make gas checks that will go on a plain base bullet, which has been very helpful for a couple different firearms that tended to lead, no matter the bullet size, lube or alloy.

    Use them with confidence.

    Hope this helps.

    Fred

    PS: And no, they don't wear your barrels out from aluminum oxide. Only people who have never used them promote this theory.
     
  3. Hungry1

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    I'd be interested in your method of making them RF, if you wouldn't mind sharing. Thanks
     
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    FreeChex is a popular method of making your own aluminum gas checks
     
  5. Hungry1

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    I'll look into it. Thanks
     
  6. ReloaderFred

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    My tools were purchased from http://www.patmarlins.com/ I've got them in .35, .35 PB and .44 PB. You make them on your regular reloading press.

    Hope this helps.

    Fred
     
  7. rixy308

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    Every so often the guy that makes Freechex puts a few different calibers on ebay.
     
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