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AMERC Brass

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by idoono, Feb 4, 2013.

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  1. idoono

    idoono Member

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    I have acquired some AMERC brass in 45LC. While I know if this was automatic brass it would go to scrap bin quick, what about using it in a revolver. This would be used in a Ruger Blackhawk and a Marlin 94.

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  2. GLOOB

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    If you have enough to bother with, try them and see. Your decapping pin might be in jeopardy from an offcenter flash hole. But if they hold a bullet and a primer, go ahead and shoot 'em.

    45LC cases are expensive. And revolver brass is easy enough to keep separated, in case they are no good.
     
  3. ZeSpectre

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    This is just my opinion, but keeping in mind that the difference between a fine firearm and a hand grenade is very very small, I would never, EVER, let AMERC brass anywhere near my reloading bench. The instant I see that headstamp it goes right in the scrap bucket.

    Their QC is appalling and I value my fingers, guns, and general health.
     
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    idoono,

    I've got a couple once-fired Amerc .45LC cases as well. Haven't loaded them yet, but when I do, they will only get low power plinking loads.

    Don
     
  5. GLOOB

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    Talking revolver here. Not sure I'd classify Amerc revolver brass as a hand-grenade-in-the-making.

    Semiauto brass is different. Amerc 10mm brass fired out of an unsupported chamber could make for a bad day. Revolver brass.. I'll load til it needs to be scrapped - for cracks, neck tension, or loose primer pockets. If one particular headstamp seems to hit the scrap bin sooner than the others, so what?

    Now if it were just a matter of finding 3 cases on the ground, then yeah, scrap. But if you find a hundred once fired cases? At least give them a try!
     
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    I have used A-MERC brass in the past in 38 SPL without incident as far as reloading and safety. I would suggest you take the time to look in each one with a strong light and reject any that have the flash hole off center to save breaking your decapping pin. Otherwise they should reload fine but be shorter lived than more robust brass like CBC or Hornaday for instance.
     
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    It is a bit substandard in quality; flash holes too tight or off center, brass consistency low, etc. Don't know about .45 Colt, but I have enough good .45 ACP and 9mm brass, that I often dispose of Amerc whenever I notice it in those calibers.
     
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    A-MERC semi-auto brass goes in scrap. I've had a lot of problems with it, the 45 auto is the worst.

    However, their revolver caliber brass has (knock wood) seemed to be no worse than others, and better than Remington nickel plate. I have a couple hundred A-MERC 44 magnum I got from a buddy, and I load it only with cast 240-gr SWCs at about 1000 fps, which is relatively light.

    I have heard but not confirmed that they made their own semi auto brass but contracted some brass (revolver) to Federal.
     
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    I've never seen AMERC brass, or ammo. What other brand(s) of ammo use it?
     
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    I use some Amerc brass in .38spl mid-range loads, no problems with it.
     
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    I've never had a problem with the handful of AMER I've loaded (mostly .38PSPL DEWC loads), but based on what I've read I don't reload them any more. There are very few in the brass I acquire, and their loss is inconsequential given the amount one can collect.

    Their scrap value, however, is the same as any other piece of brass by weight.
     
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    I have a little A-MERC brass in .40 cal. So far I can't see anything wrong with it. Is it possible that they have fixed their quality problems?
     
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    They probably bought the brass from somebody else (one says Federal) and had them labeled with their name then. Years ago the trash they put out was a problem when fired as factory ammo. I am always leery of any loaded A-MERC ammo and will not shoot it period.
     
  14. TonyT

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    My limited expereince with AMERC brass has me consigning any AMERC brass to the scrap bucket.
     
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