What to do with 45 Colt blank brass?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by GaryL, Jan 21, 2022.

  1. GaryL

    GaryL Member

    Joined:
    Nov 21, 2006
    Messages:
    1,436
    Location:
    MN
    Last weekend I was sorting through my brass to start the tumbling process, and noticed some 45 Colt brass with larger than normal primer holes. Headstamp is Starline Blank. So I either picked it up at the range, or it was some white box ammo from a commercial reloader I picked up years ago at a gunshow (right after getting into 45 colt). Or it might have been a mislabeled bag of brass - I have absolutely no reason to buy blanks. Or (edit - just thought of another source), it might have come from some stuff I bought from an older guy getting rid of stuff he had collected over the years.

    Anyway, not long ago I starting going through (shooting) anything that's been sitting on the shelf for a while, partly to put brass into circulation, but also to keep some of the older stuff from getting stale.

    So, I went through all my 45 colt brass, and it looks like I have about 70 pieces, not counting what I might have loaded up recently before noticing it (haven't sorted through that yet).

    Now that we have the history out of the way, what is the wisdom of THR regarding 45C Blank brass?
    It's nice stuff, but I'm sure it's not going to do anything for my accuracy lobbing lead downrange.
     
    GeoDudeFlorida likes this.
  2. AJC1

    AJC1 Member

    Joined:
    Jan 14, 2020
    Messages:
    6,349
    Location:
    Memphis
    Based on current events I would recycle it, but I have tons of brass.
     
  3. GaryL

    GaryL Member

    Joined:
    Nov 21, 2006
    Messages:
    1,436
    Location:
    MN
    I'd rather see it go to a good home, like someone who does re-enactments.
     
    Demi-human, Skgreen and Mark_Mark like this.
  4. AJC1

    AJC1 Member

    Joined:
    Jan 14, 2020
    Messages:
    6,349
    Location:
    Memphis
    Post it on pif I'm sure someone will want it.
     
    entropy, Demi-human and Skgreen like this.
  5. ms6852

    ms6852 Member

    Joined:
    Oct 19, 2009
    Messages:
    3,054
    Location:
    TEXAS
    It a great reason to buy a 45 colt pistol or rifle.
     
  6. GaryL

    GaryL Member

    Joined:
    Nov 21, 2006
    Messages:
    1,436
    Location:
    MN
    I probably will after I've had a chance to find all of it. I'm betting there's ~20 rounds scattered around in my loaded ammo that I'll have to deal with.
     
    Skgreen and ms6852 like this.
  7. Mark_Mark

    Mark_Mark Member

    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2021
    Messages:
    7,081
    My Bad!

    deleted
     
    Last edited: Jan 22, 2022
    GaryL likes this.
  8. Mark_Mark

    Mark_Mark Member

    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2021
    Messages:
    7,081
    I heard of some cowboy shooter using light blanks exsabistion shooting and shows
     
  9. Skgreen

    Skgreen Member

    Joined:
    Apr 25, 2018
    Messages:
    1,248
    Location:
    Houston
    https://www.starlinebrass.com/45-blank-45-colt-blank-brass
    From the Manufacturers website:
    FOR BLANK USE ONLY! NOT TO BE LOADED AS LIVE AMMUNITION!!

    Unless you plan on engaging in re-enactments or other activities that require blanks, it would be best to post them, including their intended purpose.
     
    Last edited: Jan 21, 2022
    mdi, Demi-human, GaryL and 1 other person like this.
  10. GaryL

    GaryL Member

    Joined:
    Nov 21, 2006
    Messages:
    1,436
    Location:
    MN
    Thanks for posting that.
     
    Demi-human and Skgreen like this.
  11. GaryL

    GaryL Member

    Joined:
    Nov 21, 2006
    Messages:
    1,436
    Location:
    MN
    Too late.

    Good idea though.
     
    Mark_Mark likes this.
  12. Skgreen

    Skgreen Member

    Joined:
    Apr 25, 2018
    Messages:
    1,248
    Location:
    Houston
    I have no idea what might happen when fired (if loaded as Ammo), but 45 Colt firearms are too nice to find out! :thumbup:
     
    Last edited: Jan 21, 2022
  13. Mark_Mark

    Mark_Mark Member

    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2021
    Messages:
    7,081
    dartor and GaryL like this.
  14. edwardware

    edwardware Member

    Joined:
    Feb 23, 2010
    Messages:
    4,001
    You should load low-pressure plinking ammo, or crushed walnut shotshell for carpenter bees.
     
    Demi-human, GaryL and Mark_Mark like this.
  15. GaryL

    GaryL Member

    Joined:
    Nov 21, 2006
    Messages:
    1,436
    Location:
    MN
    I agree. I have been using Herco lately (it was cheap and available at the time), at moderate levels, so I doubt an extra stout ignition will excite it too much. Probably throw off the accuracy more than anything. But 45C will be easy to pull down, and there won't be very many of them. Just have to go through everything and make sure none escape notice.
     
    Skgreen likes this.
  16. no.5enfield

    no.5enfield Member

    Joined:
    Aug 12, 2007
    Messages:
    246
    Location:
    College Station,TX
    I accidentally loaded some blank brass with a light 200gr unique load. It fired fine, but I won't risk it again. I use them for wax bullets now.
     
    Demi-human likes this.
  17. Rule3

    Rule3 Member

    Joined:
    Jan 26, 2010
    Messages:
    9,093
    Location:
    Florida
    That is not even remotely funny!:(
     
  18. Mark_Mark

    Mark_Mark Member

    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2021
    Messages:
    7,081
    your right! I’ll delete it, someone died
     
    Rule3 likes this.
  19. Hondo 60
    • Contributing Member

    Hondo 60 Member

    Joined:
    Sep 6, 2009
    Messages:
    6,541
    Location:
    Freeport, IL
    I would not use it.
    Might not hurt, but why chance it.
     
  20. EricBu

    EricBu Member

    Joined:
    Apr 2, 2021
    Messages:
    589
    Cut it down to 45 ACP length, load it with a fast powder at Schofield or the very low end of 45 ACP, and call it C45S......send it.
     
    Mark_Mark likes this.
  21. Riomouse911

    Riomouse911 Member

    Joined:
    Jun 5, 2013
    Messages:
    7,775
    Location:
    Ca.
    I would leave it empty and find it a home with a reenactor or smoosh it and recycle the brass.

    I’d hate for them to end up in a Baldwin-esque situation where someone loads up live rounds and another thinks it’s a blank and shoots it.

    Stay safe.
     
  22. Roverguy

    Roverguy Member

    Joined:
    Jul 22, 2021
    Messages:
    295
    What you need to do, in the name of conservation, is put aside about $150,000 right now.

    Those blank cartridges will be perfect for mounted cowboy action. So, you need to buy a decent quarter horse, a horse trailer, add another $75k If you don't already have a 3/4 to pickup or better, saddle and two breathed upon Colt SAA, plus other associated gear. That should allow you to put those pieces of brass to good use :thumbup:
     
    illinoisburt and GeoDudeFlorida like this.
  23. Mark_Mark

    Mark_Mark Member

    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2021
    Messages:
    7,081
    You don’t need a big truck to pull a horse. lol! Prius will do the job
     
  24. Roverguy

    Roverguy Member

    Joined:
    Jul 22, 2021
    Messages:
    295
    Need isn’t in it! ;)
     
    AgPilot and Mark_Mark like this.
  25. Mark_Mark

    Mark_Mark Member

    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2021
    Messages:
    7,081
    well in that case! lol! Prius All Wheel Drive!
     
  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice