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Factory or Reload

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by tonoffish, Dec 30, 2008.

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  1. tonoffish

    tonoffish Member

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    How can I tell if my 9mm ammunition is "factory-new" or a reload? Are there retractor marks on used brass, or what?:uhoh::uhoh:
     
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    Well, if a very good reloader did it, it would be very hard to tell the differance.

    Usually though, there are small extractor & ejector marks on the rims from the gun it was fired in.

    You might have to hire Gil Grissom to help you see it on some brass though.

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    Some brass will show compression mark or ring near the base at the web.
     
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    Thanks. I'm a "newby" at hand-gunning. I saw what seemed like a good FTF deal on some ammo, but the seller said most rounds were in a bulk container. It occurred to me that I had no way of knowing whether it's factory ammo, or reloaded by some fly-by-night, other than the word of the unknown seller. I passed on meeting up, but thought of reconsidering.
     
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    Grissom would also test the evidenced GSR with factory GSR.;)
     
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    Shoney...In case you didn't know it...Grissom is gone. I know because I have to watch it with my wife or go on line and bother you...:D
     
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    rcmodel Member in memoriam

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    I would be very suspect of any bulk "factory" ammo.
    Except for some military surplus rifle ammo, and it would likely have crimped-in primers from the factory loading.

    Factory ammo comes packaged in boxes, and is sold in boxes.

    Unless termites ate the boxes.

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    Cabelas and Sportsmans Guide both sell bulk packed new ammo in there catalogs.
     
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    Yes, but it is clearly marked on the containers what it is and where it came from.

    Like I said, Factory ammo comes packaged in boxes.
    Even if the box is a Cabala's or Sportsmans Guide plastic ammo can.

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