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Gouged case

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by length_of_pull_1, Aug 30, 2021.

  1. length_of_pull_1

    length_of_pull_1 Member

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    I have a fairly deeply gouged piece of brass I'm wondering if I should go ahead and load up. It's a once fired 7.62x39 necked down and fire formed to 6.5 Grendel. I'm thinking the gouge was there before I fire formed it. I've been debating with myself whether I should go ahead and load it up or toss it in the trash. Probably better safe than sorry, but the little devil in my ear wants me to shoot it like that. What do you guys think?
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  2. Shooterbob

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    I think it’s ready for the trash or recycle bin.looks deep
     
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  3. Shooterbob

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    Check inside case with a bent paper clip.I would not shoot it
     
  4. MEHavey

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    ^^^^ THIS ****
    :ninja:
     
  5. Bassfishing54

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    I would trash it
     
  6. dcloco

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    Toss.

    You and your iron are not worth one piece of brass.
     
  7. 1976B.L.Johns.

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    That was pretty simple........;)
     
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  8. 1976B.L.Johns.

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    When in doubt, throw it out!
     
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    Is that a gouge or a split? But either way put it in the scrap bucket.
     
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  10. KYregular

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    That gouge is a prime Hotspot for a split, trash it. Just not worth it
     
  11. Riomouse911

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    Yup… I’ll also pass on touching off a damaged case I’m expecting to contain roughly 52,000 psi situated about six inches from the ol’ nose. :what:

    Pitch it.

    Stay safe.
     
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  12. length_of_pull_1

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    Ok, so a resounding NO! That darned little devil on my shoulder sure is an evil feller. To the trash it is! If I had a spare barrel I wasn't all that fond of I would probably give it a whirl, but I do not. I've lots of other cases that have weird dings and scrapes but this one is definitely the worst. I don't know what the Russian hardware guys do at the range, but that brass in particular is always pretty rough. Thanks guys!
     
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  13. mdi

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    One case only? Can't tell from pic so it's hard to determine when/where it happened, but as noted above either trash/brass bucket of on a shelf near your bench to remind you to inspect your brass (and tools) often...
     
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  14. Blue68f100

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    Starting in the middle and going forward would happen during extraction. I've had some AR's where the barrel extension nut had some nasty burrs. Had to remove the barrel on a couple to get to it, in order to polish out with a cartex wheel.
     
  15. film495

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    any brass I can't determine as good - in about 10 seconds max, defaults to the junk brass container
     
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  16. edwardware

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    Wow, y'all are a nervous bunch.

    I would load and shoot that. Of course I also shoot brass that doesn't fit the chamber (we call it fireforming), brass that's been loaded by some nameless minimum wage noob (we call it factory ammo), and brass loaded without benefit of published data (we call it load development).

    For certain, if the case splits that far up, it won't leak back with a full pressure charge. The brass seals to the chamber quite well up there. A low pressure charge (that doesn't seal) might leak.

    But I'll bet it doesn't split. I've fed my M1 lots of brass dinged and gouged that badly and worse, and never had one die for anything but loose pockets.
     
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  17. GeoDudeFlorida

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    I'm trying to think of an old Cold War era Russia joke to go with that... but I got nothing. :(
     
  18. AJC1

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    All I'm going to say is I'm glad to not be responsible for anyone elses bad decisions any more. Explaining why I didnt stop or better prepare someone from hurting themselves or getting arrested gets old.
     
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  19. Thomasss

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    I get all sorts of crazy marks off of Garand empties and I scrap them. Outside of safety, I've found marks like that often time will change POI.
     
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  20. edwardware

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    In Russia, brass dents YOU!
     
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    Just so it doesn't tempt you again.......give it a smack with the hammer.....
     
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  22. AJC1

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    Brass is way up. I may start picking up.my 22 to add to my recycling
     
  23. GeoDudeFlorida

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    That’s it!:rofl:
     
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  24. The Glockodile

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    “Best Practice” would be to junk it.

    But as long as the case head obturates, you’ll be fine...

    ...with a bolt gun.
     
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