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New Brass Prep

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Surculus Solitudo, Oct 31, 2009.

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  1. Surculus Solitudo

    Surculus Solitudo Member

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    I will be using some new Winchester .243 brass to reload with. The Lyman manual says I do not need to size new factory brass. When I was inspecting the brass, I noticed some of the necks were not completely round so I am wondering how good the quality control is on the rest of casing. I am thinking of running the brass through the sizing process even though they are new.
    What do you think is proper case prep for new brass? Thanks!
     
  2. ReloaderFred

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    I always size new brass to ensure it's uniform. If your brass was packed in bulk, it took a beating in transit. It has nothing to do with quality control at the factory.

    Hope this helps.

    Fred
     
  3. Shoney

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    I do the same as Fred. As a novice reloader, I just loaded them w/o resizing. After I got a chronograph, and better scopes, I tested the difference. The new resized cartridges had better Extreem Spreads, and were slightly more accurate.
     
  4. Beelzy

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    I don't size new pistol brass.......BUT I do at least neck size new rifle brass.

    Powder is too expensive to waste when making rifle ammo that may be less than perfect.
     
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    I do the same thing. If it is rifle brass I treat it the same as once fired. They take a beating when they ship them as bulk, and it isn't that much trouble to make them all the same.
     
  6. Bailey Boat

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    MY new brass (when I decide to treat myself) gets sized, then trimmed, THEN loaded for use. My infamous saying "If it ain't accurate, it don't count"......
     
  7. gearheadpyro

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    I always fls new brass as well, mostly to iron out the dings. I also do all of my other brass prep (uniforming everything like flash holes and primer pockets) except for trimming (unless its excessively long).
    After I have fired the brass once I trim it.
    That's only for rifle brass, I've never bought new pistol brass. I just use stuff I policed from the range.
     
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    the thing that makes f.l. sizing new brass nice is you won't need to lube it. really all you're going to do is take all the in-transit denting out...
     
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    Yup.

    LGB
     
  10. nulfisin

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    Depends on you

    No sarcasm here. If you don't care about picking up the last half-inch of accuracy or consistency, then don't bother. You shouldn't have any problems feeding your gun and, if you do, you'll know soon enough.

    I personally think you should resize. It's easy and you already have the die, so what's the problem? The reason to do it is a more consistent case and, therefore, more consistent group.
     
  11. Uncle Chan

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    I don't differentiate between new brass or old brass. I load them all the same, using the same steps, etc. I prefer to be a creature of habit.
     
  12. ForneyRider

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    Winchester and Remington bulk brass is always banged up and needing some cleanup. I do a full prep: f/l size, trim chamfer debur necks, primer pocket uniform, flash hole debur and clean out trimmings with neck brush. I stop short of shaving necks.

    Norma and Nosler: I just checked a few and started reloading.
     
  13. BADUNAME27

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    Call Sinclair International and purchase a neck mandrel die.

    It's a very valuble tool for getting all your case necks nice and round without stretching them out like the pivot man at the prison shower.
     
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