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Stupid Reloader Question

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Eightball, Jul 25, 2007.

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  1. Eightball

    Eightball Member

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    I keep reading warnings about "Amerc" brass. Why, what's the deal with them? I just got into reloading, don't think I have any of that brass, but what is the huge deal with it? :confused:
     
  2. ReloaderFred

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    My experience with A-Merc has been that their quality control is non-existent. Bullets are of varying diameters within the same caliber, brass varies in thickness and primer pockets allow primers to fall out on the first reload. I've tried to prime some that the primer slipped halfway out of the primer pocket due to gravity alone. I've never found a .38 special shellholder that will accept an A-Merc .38 case.

    The only use for it I've found is to fill a 3 pound coffee can with A-Merc "ammunition" about half way, then pour the rest full of concrete and put a wire loop in the concrete to tie a rope to after it dries. Then you'll have a good boat anchor.

    I recycle any A-Merc brass I run across.

    Hope this helps.

    Fred
     
  3. dmftoy1

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    The worst part (IMHO) is that they seem to have a habit of drilling their primer holes off center . .so you either break your decapping pin or you spend time fiddling with the case in the shellholder before you realize that it's Amerc brass that snuck into your pile. :)
     
  4. Hunter0924

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    I would steer clear of Amerc brass or ammunition. I agree that their quality control leaves much to be desired.
     
  5. presspuller

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    I just ordered 1400 once fired cases and there were a few Amerc cases in the bunch. I could always tell them when de-capping because it took no effort at all compared to all the rest. I didn't look that close but I would almost bet the primers were glued in.
     
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