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Copper Coated Steel?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Rustynuts, Feb 16, 2008.

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  1. Rustynuts

    Rustynuts Member

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    I didn't know they made cases like this! Seems somewhat dangerous for reloading. Does everyone check their brass with a magnet before loading? I ordered some 9mm Sellier & Bellot range ammo online, looked like brass, but the box says "Copper Plated Steel Case". Haven't fired any yet, will the plating crack off and the steel base become obvious?
     
  2. Walkalong

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    It will shoot fine. You just won't have nice reloadable cases when your done. I have heard tell of that steel cased S&B, but have not seen any.
     
  3. Rustynuts

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    I was worried about getting this type of brass mixed in with range brass when I scrounge.
     
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    Just look at head stamps. or you can use a mag. but aluminum cases can slip through but they are easy to spot. When I pick up range brass I usually just pick up a couple hundred cases. I check the head stamps and only keep the better brands.
     
  5. rcmodel

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    No mention of what caliber you are talking about but:
    There is a lot of Russian & former Com-Block ammo being imported with the "Bi-Metallic" steel cases.
    Used to be it was all grey-green lacquer coated, but now it is not so obvious since they started with the brass plating.

    In addition to being steel, a lot of it is also Berdan primed.

    Either steel, or Berdan primed is not reloadable in the common sense of the word.

    Normally, a magnet is not used.
    What I do is go through range brass and inspect it all for damage, rocks & cigarette butts, etc, while also sorting it by head-stamp into separate piles.

    Then the Steel case & Berdan primed stuff goes in the trash!

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  6. TEDDY

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    steel cases

    the gov had steel cased 45 acp in ww2 made at the dodge plant in EVANSVILLE IND.they made 3 billion 45+1/2 billion 30 carbine cart.103,000,000 cart were made in JAN 1943=the production started june 30,1942.this info is from the book "bullets by the billion"1946. :D---:D
     
  7. Rustynuts

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    This was 9mm stuff. Looks like normal brass. I don't sort by stamp, so I guess I need a good magnet now!
     
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    This is true.
    However, you don't generally run into it much anymore in range pick-up.

    BTW: Ours was all zink plated, and easily spotted amounst "brass" brass.

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