Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Rule3, Dec 16, 2013.
This is for semi auto and full length sizing.
For bolt actions, this number goes up pretty significantly, 10-12 times, and even more if the primers pockets will cooperate. And in this respect, primer pockets will usually go south before I experience incipient case head separations. Proper resizing is the key to extended case life.
Knock on wood, but I've never had a separation (I wish I hadn't said that).
In ARs, the primer pocket gets loose generally before anything else gives up. Anywhere from 4 to 8 loadings or so. This is with 223 Remington, 204 Ruger, 17 Remington and 300 BLK.
My Garands get up to 10 loadings or so.
Sometimes I will retire cases from AR use early and move them to bolt rifle use. I have no idea how long they last yet in this service. Unfortunately, I generate more of these cases than I can use so i use the excess up in the ARs.
So, I could not vote, i would need to check several choices.
I did once load a single pc of LC brass (out of curiosity) 13 times before it split.
I didn't vote prior to your last request, because I haven't started reloading 223 yet and didn't think it was "right"
but now that you are making a clear comparison I feel an urgent need to vote.
I should be reloading them over the Christmas Holiday
I voted 3-4 because that will be my plan
that would be for use in a semi-auto, by then with once fired cases at $100 for 1000 are down to $0.03 each, about as much as primers
My opinion - toss them or retire them to use in a bolt
No loading till you get that case gauge, I can't tell you if they fit by e mail.
Full power loads= 3 to 5 loadings.
Reduced plinking loads= Until I loose it or split the neck.
Even after I split the necks I cut off the shoulder and make 300 black out brass and shoot them some more.
I also do anneal them about every three loadings.
My 223 cases tend to reach end-of-life when they lose neck tension. My 223 die doesn't size the necks particularly tight, so when the expander ball slides through without dragging, the case gets tossed.
Sidenote: with my rifle, I found the most expedient way to extract a broken case is to jack the next round in and manually eject it. It comes out wearing the broken case.
I full length size every .223/5.56 case, check the insides for smoothness, trim to length, clean not less than twice, sort by head type and year.
If I wasn't feeding several weapons, I could cut back.. a little... nope not going to happen.
All shot brass goes into a common plastic cat litter bucket and gets the same care.
When I jack-up a case mouth or neck or the neck splits, it gets put in the 300 Blackout box for my next conversion session. Any other type of case failure and it get tossed into the scrap brass box. About the same for .308/7.62 and '06 brass except for the conversion to .300 Blackout.
some of the 5.56 military stuff has the neck and case mouth annealed.
I do not think it will help that far down the case, maybe the case mouth and shoulder.
Even if it did it is not worth the effort.
A case head separation is normally an indication of excessive headspace in the gun, either from a mechanical issue with the gun itself or from the reloader pushing the shoulder back too far during reloading.
If you are seeing this, you need to look for a cause.
Annealing the brass will stop the case mouth and shoulder from splitting. If you are never getting to that happening without annealing, but having case head separation I would be looking at my reloading process or firearm.
one random case out of a 500 or so., in one caliber from one gun, reloaded 3-4 times. I am not to concerned.
Weber has given some most excellent advise by the way.
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