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When to toss 357 brass?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Coltdriver, Dec 6, 2005.

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  1. Coltdriver

    Coltdriver Member

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    What do you look for in your 357 brass that makes you decide to stop reloading it???

    I have reloaded some 4 times now and it appears fine. No cracking, nothing that I can see that would make me say its time to get new brass.

    I bought some gun show rounds and the brass had headstamps that were readable but not crisp.
     
  2. Starter52

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    I used to reload .357 brass beyond four times back when magnum brass was scarce. Nowadays four full-power reloads is about my limit. Why ask for trouble?
     
  3. Cherokee

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    That 357 Mag brass is good for many more reloads but I would revert to the less than max levels. I'm still using brass acquired in 1960's.
     
  4. mtnbkr

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    I buy brass new. New brass gets loaded into full power loads (180gr@1200fps) twice, then gets trimmed down to 1.25" and used for "lite magnum" loads such as 158gr@1100fps. I'll use it in that group until the brass fails or I lose it.

    Chris
     
  5. caz223

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    I guess it depends.
    How firm you crimp.
    Is your sizer sizing excessively?
    How much do you bell the mouth?
    For .357 I check for 2 things, the first is case head seperation.
    If you take a small flashlight and a little dental pick/hook and put it in all the way, gently scraping against the case head all the way back and slowly bring it towards you. If you can't feel a 'ridge' forming, you're ok for another reload.
    The other thing to check for is excessive work-hardening of the case mouth area.
    If it appears brittle, split, or discolored, throw it out.
    After I get 10- 15 loads out of it, I drill 'em out, and add 'em to my ever expanding wax bullet collection.
     
  6. Poodleshooter

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    I usually reload till the split or show stretching just above the head.
     
  7. Ben Shepherd

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    Full Horse loads once. Then regular type 357 loads until it loses neck tension or splits. OR-

    If it says remington it just flat out gets thrown away:cuss: .
     
  8. The Bushmaster

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    Load-em Shoot-em until I see 10% splitting in a group of fifty. Because I keep my .357 cases in a set I can do this. 10% of 50 = 5...I also have some nickle plated REMINGTON :)D ) cases that are dated 1966 in my log book and they are still going strong. I do agree with mtnbkr...Load them hot twice then make them range/practice brass...
     
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