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just learned the value of inspecting brass after tumbling

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by gpwelding1, Jul 11, 2011.

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  1. gpwelding1

    gpwelding1 Member

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    i tumbled my first batch of 9mm brass last nite.when inspecting them this morning i found a .380 mixed in with them:scrutiny:.not sure what it would have done if i would have accidentaly tryed to load it,but im glad im not going to find out!:D
     
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    I did a batch of about 500 9mm the other night... tossed maybe a half-dozen 7.62x25 and a couple of .380s into the brass bucket while loading. They just felt different, so they got tossed as soon as I picked them up.

    One of the benefits of a manual case feeder, I guess :D
     
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    I've had it happen a couple of times. On my Dillon 650 I notice that the "down stroke" doesn't take much effort. I merely let the case progress, remove it from the bullet seating position, pour the powder back into the reservoir and remind myself to be more careful. In the past I have actually seated a bullet but they don't sit far enough into the case to stay there long. Makes a mess when they fall into the finished cartridge bin.

    I've got so much 9mm brass now I've stopped picking up range brass other than my own so I don't have the problem anymore.
     
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    since im just getting started, im double and triple checking my self on stuff.i know im going to make mistakes,but ifigure if i keep this practice up i will catch my mistakes before they become a round in the chamber.:eek:
     
  5. Fishslayer

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    I sort by headstamp & catch most of it there.

    On my Lee Classic Turret the sizing/decapping stroke takes very little effort.

    If I don't catch it then, when it gets to the expander/charging die it doesn't expand & it doesn't get a charge. Again, zilch effort on the stroke.

    If I STILL haven't caught it, the bullet is obviously not seated deep enough.

    If it makes it to the finished ammo box I deserve what I get. :(

    FWIW after awhile you'll be able to tell just by picking up the case.
     
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    No kidding. I've scrounged up so much brass that I can spot .380's now lying on the ground mixed with 9mm's. 9mm Mak's are still tough to differentiate though.
     
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    Yup. Fortunately the few Maks I've come across have some funky kind of coating on the cases. They're sore thumbs.
     
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