Reloading aluminum and steel cases

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by milsurpguy, Apr 11, 2021.

  1. 9mmepiphany

    9mmepiphany Moderator Staff Member

    Dec 27, 2002
    northern california
    Me too...I'm up to 3k-4k problem with other folks keeping your brass at matches either. Don't need to change over the progressive press for different sized primers either

    Had another shooter who bought 500 once fired .45ACP cases. Almost 50% were SPP. He gave them to me and only asked that I keep him in mind if I picked up LPP cases
  2. Swampman

    Swampman Old Fart

    Oct 15, 2011
    East Texas
    I decap cases hydraulically using a standard sizing die that's had the decapping pin removed.

    (These are brass cased Danish 7.62x63 [30-06] Berdan).

    Once cases are deprimed and thoroughly dried, the process is pretty much like loading Boxer cases.
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  3. roval

    roval Member

    Apr 8, 2011
    New Mexico
    i collect them too though not preferentially. i have several hundred and when i run out of the LPP 45 switch to them. i haven't loaded them past few yrs as i have more lpp on hand but i have never collected or loaded aluminum or steel cases. i just keep reusing the same old brass i have and whatever new range brass i scrounge.
    i am wondering for the people reloading aluminum, are they completely out of brass cases?
  4. mdi

    mdi Member

    Dec 31, 2007
    Yesterday I ordered 250 deprimed and polished 380 Auto cases. A couple sites were "out of stock" of popular once fired brass, but looking around I've found most once fired cases for sale. Exceptions are 38 Special and 357 Magnum. Many years ago I reloaded some steel 45 ACP cases, noticed no major problems with my Lee dies, but IIRC just got one or two reloadings before mouth splits. That was "pre 9mm" for me and never tried any 7.62x39 and very quickly lost interest...

    No need for me to try aluminum or steel cases and if brass cases became totally unavailable tomorrow I could still reload for several years with the brass I've got on hand...
  5. N555

    N555 Member

    Mar 9, 2022
    New Mexico and Texas panhandle
    I just did it to see what would happen.
    I still pick them up when I see them, but I'm just depriming, sizing, cleaning them, haven't been fully loading them since the initial experiment.
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  6. peeplwtchr

    peeplwtchr Member

    Sep 20, 2019
    My first question is why introduce that level of complexity/risk? It sounds as though you may be new to reloading? No crime there, but you may want to channel your efforts into securing better brass case resources than playing with more risky loading practices. Not a slam on you, just addressing the sme questions I had once.
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  7. hdbiker

    hdbiker Member

    Jun 1, 2011
    I did it once. I think they were Speer cases, .45 ACP, sized, trimmed and loaded with 5.3 grains of HP-38 and a Lee 230 grain TL Lee cast round nose bullet. They ran flawless in my Springfield 1911, no cracked cases
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