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Can I use brass hulls in modern 12-ga semi-auto shotgun?

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by IMtheNRA, Jul 9, 2013.

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  1. IMtheNRA

    IMtheNRA Member

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    If I wanted to load and use brass shells, just for fun, would there be a problem cycling them in a modern semi-auto like a Remington 1100 or 11-87?

    And, would they be badly dented when ejecting?
     
  2. rcmodel

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    Probably not gonna work.

    The sharp edge on the case mouth would very likely cause feed problems.

    rc
     
  3. oneounceload

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    Another factor would be the length of the brass casing - is it a full 2-3/4" or less like standard ammo? That would also be a cause for feeding issues.
    If you were intending to use black powder, like many do with these, a gas gun would most likely not appreciate that as well
     
  4. IMtheNRA

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    No, smokeless powder.
     
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    There is a difference in the length, but I don't recall what it was. Even so, in order to get them to feed in a semi auto you would need to invest in an rcbs cowboy (or similar) die so that you can roll crimp them.
     
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    The brass hulls are usually 2.5" instead of the more typical 2.75" This is because they're often used for older shotguns with the shorter 2.5" chamber. I would imagine you might have some problems in a semi-auto. They work fine in my Winchester 1897 pump, but that might not be the case for all pumps and occasionally they do feed rough even in that.
     
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