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Quick question about brass

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Randy1911, May 17, 2010.

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  1. Randy1911

    Randy1911 Member

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    I got some 30-06 brass that is Military. It is headstamped DEN which means Denver Arsenal and the year is 43 and 42. I am sure it has been loadind with corrisive primers. Is there any special I need to do to the brass to make it safe to use for reloading?
     
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    I'm using DEN 42 and 43. Have been for years, has never been a problem. I recommend that you anneal the shoulders and necks, the cases will last longer.
     
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    I would advise washing it throughly with hot soapy water. Others may tell you it is not necessary but why take a chance. I have taken to washing all my brass prior to reloading, it removes a surprisingly amount of crud from the case. Where I really notice the difference is when FL sizing, the drag friction from pulling the expander button through the neck is greatly reduced. I also do a 50-50 soak white vinegar to water and rinse well in hot water. A 10 minute bake in a 200 degree F oven dries them out nicely.
     
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