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Newbie Question - Dented 5.56 brass

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Onewolf, Jan 2, 2013.

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  1. Onewolf

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    I just recently started collecting the pieces/parts to do some handloading (Redding T7 press, Redding powder dispenser, Lyman turbo tumbler, etc etc etc). My original plan was to just handload .260 Rem ammunition for long range target/match shooting.

    Back in Sept when I did the economic calculations for reloading 5.56/223 ammo it didn't make sense to me to reload since I was buying good 5.56 ammo for 'just' $0.35/rd. However that equation has changed recently :eek: and I had already started collecting my 5.56 brass a couple months ago so I already have about 400 5.56 brass.

    Now that I have taken a good look at my 5.56 brass I notice that EVERY one has a small dent in the same place. My initial web search seems to indicate that this is not uncommon and should not be a problem? please see attached photo.

    Thanks for any advice.

    Doug
     

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  2. col.lemat

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    Cool, not a problem
     
  3. Walkalong

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    Yep, you are good to go.

    Welcome to THR
     
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    load em up!
     
  5. SlowFuse

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    Common ejection dents.

    Welcome to THR!
     
  6. vtail

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    Obviously defective brass. Send them to me and I will dispose of them properly...
     
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    I would load those again,without any second thoughts.The link that RC provided shows a more serious problem.I'd say you are good to go. Lightman
     
  9. blarby

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    Lol....
     
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    vtail is just trying to take advantage of you. you need to send them to me. i'm not trying to do that.
     
  11. blarby

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    An interesting segway- Sorry OP :

    If you didn't anneal necks.... Would .223/5.56 brass split at the neck long before case head sep became an issue ?
     
  12. Walkalong

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    It all depends on how far the shoulder is pushed back and the pressure they are loaded to. You can have a case head separation on one firing, annealed or not.
     
  13. blarby

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    True...

    Barring bonehead overloads, or case forming that leaves you with 22 shorts though...... ?
     
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    Load and shoot them.

    Welcome to the club!!!!
     
  15. FROGO207

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    Shallow dents are not a problem. Creases or gouges are what I scrap. If it looks like it would rupture I no longer save them. I did try saving a few that had creased necks and every one of them split where the crease was.
     
  16. Walkalong

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    My .223 cases have suffered from loose primer pockets before neck splits or signs of case head separation.
     
  17. 918v

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    I reuse even deep dents. They blow out. It depends on the profile of the dent. If the dent creases the brass, the point of the crease creates a weak spot. If the bottom of the dent is round, it is not a problem.
     
  18. Walkalong

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    Yes, dents are OK, creases are not. Round vs sharp at the bottom, as noted by 819v.
     
  19. helotaxi

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    I don't even think I would notice those little superficial dings. I've gotten new brass in worse shape than that.
     
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