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How many times do you reload pistol brass

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by fmcdave, Jun 8, 2011.

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How often do you reload pistol brass?

Poll closed Jun 28, 2011.
  1. 5 times

    0.6%
  2. 10 times

    3.2%
  3. 15 times

    0.6%
  4. Until the case splits

    95.6%
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  1. fmcdave

    fmcdave Member

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    I won't get into what I do, but I'd be interested in understanding how many times folks reload pistol brass.
     
  2. 41 Mag

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    I voted " Until the Case Splits"....

    The truth of the matter is, until I loose it is usually a more accurate statement but wasn't one of the choices.

    Even with my magnum revolvers, I am not loading to the last digit of performance, so my cases usually are lost while hunting or where ever they go, well before they start splitting.

    Somewhere there is a pile of socks that match the odd pile I have in a bag by the dryer, sitting right next to a pile of brass cases that would refill most of my ammo boxes, I am sure.
     
  3. dave from mesa

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    Until it splits (that's how I voted) or I lose them. Which ever comes first.
     
  4. 44vaquero

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    I do not load any caliber super hot, why beat up the gun. If you want bigger and faster move up to the next caliber etc. That having been said cases last a very long time. I just split a 45 acp with a 1995 head stamp!!! No idea how many times it's been around the Load Master.
    The only exception to this seems to be .32 magnums they commit suicide seemingly at random(Small vertical split just below bullet seating depth.
     
  5. zxcvbob

    zxcvbob Member

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    If the primers fall out, that's the same as a case split in my book.
     
  6. Yarddog

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    I said 10 times as that is what I get on average before splitting ; )
    Y/D
     
  7. cfullgraf

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    I don't count the number of times I reload handgun brass. I shoot it until it fails or until I lose it, which wasn't an option in the poll.
     
  8. cfullgraf

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    Yes!
     
  9. Shimitup

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    I voted till the case splits however I usually loose semi auto brass before that happens. With revolver brass it's boxed and labeled as to how many times it's fired, when several split in any given firing I usually toss the whole lot since I figure it's pretty well used up.
     
  10. ArchAngelCD

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    I've been reloading the same 1200 pieces of Remington .38 Special brass for over 6 years now and still haven't had one split on me.

    Load them up until they split...
     
  11. Steve Koski

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    Back when I cared (and had a lot less brass), I got 24 firings on a .40 case through a Glock 23. I had a lot split in the 8-12 range.
     
  12. gamestalker

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    I don't use a numerical limit in determining the life span. I load it until it is showing clear signs of experation. Usually the head will begin to display some initial signs of separation long before I experience any other failure. Since I load exclusively with H110/296, I can pretty much expect signs of failure around the 12th cycle.
     
  13. Steve Koski

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    FYI, I've been marking (notching) my 500 mag brass from day one. I have a lot in the 8-10 range. No splits yet, but that is THICK brass.
     
  14. evan price

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    Until they split or until I lose them.

    The other day I was shooting 45 acp in my Sig 220 at the range. I came with 200 rounds of 45 acp reloads. When I got home I had 300 pieces of 45 brass and another couple hundred each of 9mm and 40 S&W and a handful of 38 Specials... I think I know where all that brass you guys lose winds up... :)
     
  15. Rollis R. Karvellis

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    I, would like mine back, thank-you very much.
     
  16. lmccrock

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    For the win. :)

    I have some 38 special nickel plated brass that the Ni is worn off.
     
  17. glockky

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    Shoot it till it splits. But I am getting ready to start loading 357 sig and i think i will be a little more careful with it.
     
  18. Sam1911

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    I have a fair bit of .45ACP brass that the headstamp is pretty much pounded/worn off of.

    I shoot range pick-up brass and figure I have a constant stream of brass getting lost and "new" brass coming into the lot. If it splits, I throw it away.
     
  19. RandyP

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    I scrounge all the brass I can at every range visit. I have NO way of knowing, and even less concern about finding out or trying to track how often a specific brass case gets reloaded.

    For me reloading is a fun hobby, anything that starts to get like 'work' is banished from all my hobbies - lol

    Now if I were shooting 1000 yard bolt action rifle and stopped after each shot to reclaim my fired brass? Or only shot revolvers? I reckon there would be a simple way to keep track? As a mostly semi-auto shooter? Heck I think one of the cases that came out of my CZ-52 last week still hasn't come down.
     
  20. Otto

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    +1 I'm loading cases from the 1940's.
    But with high pressure rounds, like 357 SIG, I trash time after 4 firings.
     
  21. Archie

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    Until it splits or I can't find it. As mentioned.

    Great minds think alike.
     
  22. x_wrench

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    think of them as a nascar race car, on the last lap of the daytona 500, and you are in 3rd place. USE IT UP!
     
  23. Siggie

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    As mentioned, Untill it splits, primers drop out, I lose it, or someone else picks it up.
    (With practical shooting we do not really care which 200 out of 2000 cases we sweep up are belonging to whom... for 9mm that is).
     
  24. TonyT

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    For the high pressure cartriges such as 9mm and 40 S&W I reload 4 times before consigning the case to scrap. With the low pressure cartridges such as 38 Special and 45 ACP I reload the cases until the case mouth starts fraying or the case splits.
     
  25. jcwit

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    I reload till the case splits, why throw away good brass?
     
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