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Safe to reload deeply scratched brass?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Vin, Apr 8, 2013.

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  1. Vin

    Vin Member

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    New to reloading and haven't seen this mentioned in any of my reloading books. Anyway, after creating a few dummy rounds and cycling them through my firearm I noticed on my newest magazine, the mag lips scratch the brass a little deep. I also pick up range brass and they always have minor scuff marks. I don't worry much about the light scratches on frees range brass, but the mag scratches are long straight deep lines.

    Fwiw, I'm reloading 45 ACP with Remington UMC brass, but I would like to hear your opinion and experiences with any modern cases (pistol and rifle). Seems to me a deep scratch may lead to premature case fractures, but what do I know.
     
  2. jim243

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    Get some emery cloth and polish the burs off the lips of the mags. Problem solved.

    Jim
     
  3. Jesse Heywood

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    And if you feel the scratches are deep enough, use the brass for dummy rounds to set up your dies. A sharp picture would help us assess the damage.
     
  4. hovercat

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    If itis deep enough to make you wonder about it and post, then it is not safe.
     
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    Emery cloth the brass and the magazine lip. It will be fine to load.
     
  6. Walkalong

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    A pic would help, but at .45 ACP pressure levels, it would have to be a serious "scratch" to be worried. Not something feed lips would do. Polish those feed lips.
     
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    As Walkalong said, 45 acp is a relatively low pressure cartridge and shouldn't pose much of a risk. But if you think they are 1/3 or more into the wall it might be safer to just use them for dummy rounds, or recycle brass bin. As for higher pressure cartridges, 9mm, .40 S&W, or .357 and the like, caution is in order, in my opinion.

    As for me personally, I really like my digits and vision, I will not use questionable brass. A few cents worth of brass is not worth the risk to me.

    GS
     
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    Why sandpaper the brass and remove any more metal, if it chambers? I gouged the side of a 10 mm case with my FCD, probably 10-15% of the thickness of the wall of the case. It was a moderate pressure load, by 10 mm standards, so I chambered and fired it. That ironed the surface RIGHT out! Smooth as a baby's bottom. I'm retiring that case...
     
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