Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by GeoDudeFlorida, Nov 29, 2021.
I don’t have a problem decapping CBC or any Euro stuff, but priming then can be tough.
I got my APP out this weekend and did about sixteen hundred in an evening.
I love that thing!
They all fit in my tumbler, too!
I suspect the Lee spent primer jar will hold three thousand small pistol primers.
Four hours from grungy to sparkling!
It would probably be easier to tell you what I keep vs what I scrap. As far as rifle brass... nothing, (although there are very, very rare exceptions... like what I know are fired factory 6.5CM brass, for example.) I only reload MY sourced rifle brass... that is my brass from factory ammos, or new brass that I've bought. Pistol ammo is a little different. I don't pick up anything but 45ACP brass, quite honestly... I have enough 9mm, and I'm pretty picky there, anyway. I have very rarely seen .45 Colt brass, and have never in 35 years seen .41MAG brass just lying there.
With .45ACP brass... I keep RP, PMC, Winchester, Federal, and Speer. Everything else gets scrapped.
When I bought a new to me firearm that was chambered in a cartridge I did not I have reloading gear, the next purchase would be dies and a box of new cases.
When inventories were normal, I’d buy cases from Starline or domestic ammunition company head stamp cases.
I know many are frugal and do not like buying new cases.
You’re a true gentleman. “Frugal”. Nah, I’m cheap. And I know it.
Same with + crimped primer brass.
I didn't include A-MERC because they went bankrupt 15 years ago. My favorite brass is IMI, Federal, Lake City, Lapua and vintage Winchester.
Good stuff in .38 Special.
Here is a picture of my “library” of 45ACP cases…80 different headstamps. (72 large primer, 8 small). I use em all equally because I believe in reloading justice.
(If you think there are duplicates in the library, look more closely…subtle differences like capital letters, punctuation, and symbols are considered different headstamps by master librarian.)
@CQB45ACP, my quarter collection isn’t that complete!
I throw away stepped 9mm cases, and that’s about it. I’m an ecumenical reloader and try to make all HSs work. The biggest problem I encounter when reloading is getting a .380, .40, or one of those silly longer 9mm cases mixed in with my 9mm lots. Save your typing and letters on how you can avoid this, I have a number of steps I do and the volume just is too large. Good luck.
For crimped primer pockets I have two Dillon 600 staggers set up, one for small primer pockets and one for large primer pockets and I have an extra Dillon swagger just in case something happens to one that is set up.
If I break something I don't like waiting for a replacement part I want it now not tomorrow.
Same with dies, I have atleast one extra set of dies for every caliber I load for.
I have two extra sets of dies for the calibers we shoot a lot of.
But I take my grandson shooting every weekend either Saturday or Sunday and we shoot all day long from 8am until dusk which equats to several hundred rounds of ammunition for the day.
At ten years old he can out shoot most adults but he has hundreds & hundreds of hours of trigger time.
Actual target shooting, no cowboy crap. Aim at your target, hit your target. No rapid fire BS.
He can hit gold balls with my revolvers and pistols, 22lr, 32 short, 32 long 32 H&R magnum, 327 Federal Magnum, 38spl, 357 mag, 44spl, 44mag, 45 Colt, 9mm, 10mm, 40 cal, 45acp.
He shoots them all and accurately.
He is very efficient with any rifle as well.
If it is reloadable I reload it.
I want to get a 300 blackout pistol and rifle upper for a couple of 80% lowers I got ready. I have hundreds & hundreds of 300 blackout brass and I bought two of the jigs to make 300 blackout out of 223 brass which I have thousands & thousands pieces of brass.
The 308 brass, 7.62x51 I look at the inside of the cases because they come with burden primers, I set them aside, when I get a few thousand of them saved up I will advertise them on the forum.
Someone took four or five hundred pieces of burden primed 308 brass last summer.
Yep, forgot about those
Along with aluminum, steel and brass coated steel cases that attract magnet.
I found once-fired S&B/RWS 9mm brass to have tighter primer pockets and when using slightly larger Metric diameter SP primers like Fiocchi/Tula, even seating primer cup to flush is "No Go". So when I am sorting brass, I set these aside to be used with domestic brand primers like CCI/Winchester.
Another brass that I separate out are those with really thick case wall like CBC/PPU as case neck bulge around bullet base can rub the chamber wall to prevent finished rounds from fully chambering.
During the myth busting thread measurement .200" below case mouth where 115 gr FMJ/RN bullet base seats to, there were significant differences in case wall thickness (Not to mention inconsistency of thickness on same case) - https://www.thehighroad.org/index.php?threads/myth-busting-neck-tension-and-bullet-setback.830072/page-3#post-10713822
Here's a listing of average case wall thickness .200" below case mouth from the myth busting thread:
Average Case Wall Thickness .200" Below Case Mouth (Around Bullet Seating Depth for 115 gr RN at 1.130" OAL):
.0144" - CBC
.0138" - PPU
.0137" - GECO
.0135" - HRTRS
.0135" - Tulammo
.0133" - S+B
.0132" - WIN
.0131" - GFL
.0130" - AGUILA
.0130" - PERFECTA
.0122" - PMC
.0121" - R-P
.0115" - .FC.
.0111" - SPEER
.0110" - BLAZER
Curious why you guys dislike A-USA, it seems decent but I toss it.
I now recycle WIN, Blazer, R-P (although I find crimping them finicky), FC, and GECO. Everything else goes. I stopped picking up range brass but will accept "donations."
, Starline, hornady, Lapua. But I do use FC and a couple others for backup and 223 brass only to convert to 300 BO.
I looked through THR for brass opinions about a year ago. There is consensus (good and bad) on many head stamps. There are also a lot of personal opinions. I took notes and keep them next to the decapping die.
I'd recycle these:
Amerc, AUSA, ACP - thin brass = split cases
SB, CBC, (Herters?) - off-size primer pockets
GFL/Fiocci - off-center flash hole
WCC, FCnn - NATO, too much bother to ream/swage the crimped pocket
Fed NT - non-toxic primer; off-sized flash hole
Anything stepped or crimped - weakens the brass
It has a triangle on the headstamp.
And .357 Mag!
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