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Reloading steel cases

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by rangermonroe, Dec 5, 2006.

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  1. rangermonroe

    rangermonroe Member

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    I just noticed that Wolf 223 is boxer primed.

    Is it feasably reloadable? Would it trash the dies?
     
  2. Walkalong

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    Steel is not reloadable.
     
  3. Smokey Joe

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    Beg to differ

    Walkalong--There have been several posters on this and other fora who report successfully reloading steel cases. Therefore I believe yr "not reloadable" is not accurate.

    That said, some of those same posters admit that it is a hassle, requires extra force on the sizing die, etc, etc. I expect that it's hard on the equipment, also--steel is not as forgiving as is brass.

    While good brass for reloading is available (it's not going away any time soon) it would seem folly to futz with reloading steel. Not to say that it can't be done.

    But you won't catch ME doing it!
     
  4. Walkalong

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    Point taken. Smokey Joe.
    The problem with steel cases is they are not as ductile as brass which is necessary to let the case expand and seal the chamber. Not to mention damage to dies. I won't fool with them. Won't fool with Berdan cases either and thats safer. :)
     
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  5. trickyasafox

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    i load em.

    watch out, not all wolf 223 is reloadable though. there is some floating around with a weird primer, make sure yours is small rifle.

    takes a bit extra force, and chammafer the neck before you load. i've gotten 5 loads out of some of it. it does split from resizing though sooner than brass will.

    i like to use it for brass that i'll have trouble reclaiming. if im shooting at an informal range, its nice not worrying if i lose half of the brass.

    hope this helps. if you have specific questions, pm me or post back im happy to be of help :)
     
  6. Walkalong

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    .223 once fired brass is just to cheap to take chances. And I'm a cheap Bas**** talking. Error on the side of safety......:)
     
  7. trickyasafox

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    fair enough walkalong. your totally right everyone has a certain level of risk they are willing to operate in. for me, i percieve steel as little to no additional risk. if i'm right or not. . . thats anyone's guess.:p

    thats one of the reasons i like reloading. each person sets their own parameters.

    like nickle cases cause they are prettier? load em
    like to be really picky on case inspections? go for it

    we are in control, and i think thats one of the reasons i started reloading. i finally started getting what i wanted out of ammo :)
     
  8. Walkalong

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    I'll drink to that trickyasafox! Oh Yea, quit 23 yrs ago. Make mine a sprite.

    I LOVE A FREE COUNTRY! I'll back you all the way even if I disagree. :)
     
  9. Alvin in AZ

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    Danggit Tricky. :/

    Talking about it here, so even the dumb ol' lurkers can see it too, is the whole point.

    Also takes the pressure off you to get it all "perfectly right" to start with, you got others to help get to the bottom of anything stated.

    Got a good example of that-working right here in this thread too. :)

    In the end anyone reading the thread (carefully) knows as much about it as all the participants put together.

    Cool question BTW, Ranger. :)

    Alvin in AZ (don't know nuthin about reloading steel cases except what I've learned right in this thread... gonna learn a bunch more if Tricky don't R-U-N-N-O-F-T and hide what he's figured out in emails ;)
     
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