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Heard of A.MERC brass?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Dr.Rob, Feb 22, 2019.

  1. coondogger

    coondogger Member

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    Somebody post a picture of the head stamp so we may all see the mark of Cain, and thereby avoid this evil brass.
     
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  2. forty_caliber
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    I've never run across any of this brass or even heard of it before now. Now I know the rest of the story.

    Is this a regional product?

    .40
     
  3. bds

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    Company history of American Ammunition (A-MERC) - https://afte.org/laravel.php/gallery/index/60

    "AA is one of the few companies who manufactures virtually all of the components used in the assembly of its finished products. AA forms the brass cartridge cases from raw brass billets. AA casts the projectiles (bullet) from lead ingots. AA electroplates with copper the cast projectiles on a dedicated plating line. AA assembles these components, along with premium powder, and new primers into new top quality ammunition. At each stage of the manufacturing process it perform EXTENSIVE QUALITY INSPECTIONS to ensure that performance meets or exceeds SAAMI/ANSI standards." :eek:

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  4. NoirFan

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    Not just terrible brass, but terrible ammo. American is the only ammo brand that I’ve seen keyhole and make a basketball size “group” at 5 yards. Then the range owner who sold it to me tried to tell it was because my barrel was worn out
     
  5. gunlaw

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    I had some 38spl brass from AMERC and it was ok. Never heard anything good about the 45 cap. I do have 2 boxes of 45. Anyone interested?
     
  6. CMV

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    Do they even still sell the stuff? I haven't seen any in years
     
  7. mdi

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    I'm very fortunate that in all my brass scrounging I'v only found one Amerc case, a 45 ACP. I don't remember it having a stepped interior, but I tossed it before I did anything else...
     
  8. gunlaw

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    Amerc went bankrupt at least 10 years ago
     
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  9. Series70

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    Not previously knowing anything about Amerc, I came across two pieces of Amerc 45ACP brass that I reloaded. As soon as I reloaded them, I knew something was not quite right with the way the went through the press. I put them aside to be shot separately from all the rest. Even though they would probably go bang without a problem, I think now I'll be trashing those rounds.
     
  10. gifbohane

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    I was given 200 pieces of "A USA" which I never heard of. Are they related or does anyone recognize the name?
     
  11. ReloaderFred

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    "A USA" is Armscor, which is a Philippine company, but the A USA brass is made in their plant here in North America. There's nothing wrong with Armscor brass, most of which is headstamped AP, sometimes with the year of manufacture, i.e.; AP 18, which would mean it was made in the plant in the Philippines in 2018.

    Hope this helps.

    Fred
     
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  12. Mowgli Terry

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    I had all but forgotten about A Merc brass. One suggestion that came up at that time was to crush the case mouths with pliers. Never saw much of it around here anyway.
     
  13. gifbohane

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    ReloaderFred Thanks!
     
  14. bds

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  15. Dr.Rob

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    I found almost 35 cases in my stash of brass
     
  16. Stumper

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    Just for clarification...A-merc is kind of yucky.
    I found a whole box of fresh A-merc.44 mag brass lying on the ground at the range. Shiny! The flashholes were in the middle. Can't be as bad as everyone says......."Why can't I eject these things? These are mild magnum loads, what is going on?" Whap whap whap on the ejector rod. Oh, split case.....on one mild reload. It IS brass but what alloy and how it was worked and heat-treated remains a deep mystery.
     
  17. Mule

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    Run them through your pin tumbler, dry, box up and give to your worst enemy.
     
  18. JohnKSa

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    Don't know about the brass, but the ammo was absolute crap. Scary bad quality.
     
  19. armoredman

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    Horrible junk, immediately into the recycle bin. The people who ran that company should be keelhauled.
     
  20. Toprudder

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    So, exactly what is everyone trying to say?

    :rofl:
     
  21. bds

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    Capitalism ... Supply and Demand ... Quality Control ... Customer Satisfaction ... Word of Mouth ... Internet Forum ... Consumers Vote With Their Wallets

    All of these are alive and well.
     
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  22. Toprudder

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    Yes they are! :thumbup:
     
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  23. Catpop

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    E32E81BB-542E-4650-B337-21BD79E18CAB.jpeg I’ve got a bag of those Amerc cases. I keep them in case a need something to blow off steam on!
    I usually find mine when press jams up!
     
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  24. km101

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    Not worth the time it would take to melt them down. Just crush and discard.
     
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