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Nickel or Non-Magnetic Steel Browning Cases?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Havok7416, Jun 24, 2018.

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    I was sorting through my 9mm cases yesterday and I happened to notice some nickel-plated Browning - or so I thought. Comparing them to some other nickel cases, I noticed the head of the Browning cases looks more like steel. I put a magnet to them but it didn't stick. Anyone know what Browning makes there cases out of? 20180622_182102.jpg 20180622_182054.jpg
     
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    I'm assuming they are too heavy to be aluminum like the Blazer and Federal stuff, right?

    Probably nickel or zinc plated brass then. I can't believe anybody would use stainless, which IS nonmagnetic if is has enough chromium in it, but I guess it could be done at great expense.
     
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    Get thee a file and look for yourself.

    TL: DR. . . they're brass, with a dark brown plating or coating.
     
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    Probably BXP defense ammo, according to their website, its "black nickel" plated brass.
     
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    I don't think Browning makes anything but defensive ammo, much like Sig. Never heard of "black nickel" before and I certainly have never seen anything like it.

    They certainly aren't aluminum either.
     
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    They have a line of "premium" target ammo and shotgun rounds too.
     
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    I ended up with a handfull of 223 brass of theirs that is "black nickel" and it reloaded just fine. Brass inside when I trimmed them.
     
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    They are brass.

    I have about 100 of them between 45 and 9mm that Ive reloaded probably 3-4 times each. After tumbling in SSTL the finish does start to wear, showing the brass underneath.
     
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    I don't know the purpose of 'black brass' unless it's to make sure you can't find them so you'll be forced to buy more shells.

    I'll feel better reloading the ones I have now.
     
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    It's to make them look cool/sexy of course.
    Everybody knows if the ammo looks "cool/sexy" it must be better, higher power, more accurate. etc. Just ask anyone in Marketing:evil::D
     
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    Browning doesn't actually make any ammo. They contract Olin to manufacture it. That's basically Winchester brass with a black nickel plating on it.
     
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