Originally Posted by springerbuster
I have just started reloading and have a question on mixing brass. I have saved most of my brass over the years thinking that some day I would get into reloading. Now that I have, it seems as though I have all these different brands of brass. My question is, how much difference is there in accuracy between the different brands? Does anybody go to the trouble of separating each brand? Also, what about separating them for the number of times that they have been loaded? Do I just throw all of my brass together and then check for wore out cases or does everybody keep track of how many times each one has been loaded? I will add that right now I am just loading 223 Rem, but soon to be loading 9mm and 40 S&W. Thanks for any advice.
Welcome to TFF, happy to have another new face around here!
Brass is different between manufacturers. Most are slight though, the biggest difference IMO with brass comes when dealing with military vs commercial. Military being thicker and most importantly crimped primer pockets which have to be dealt with.
With straight walled pistol; I don't seperate or count number of reloads for plinking/fun loads. I do find that S&B cases are a tiny bit harder to decap and prime, but not a big deal. For target practice and purpose specific loads, I do prefer winchester brass and federal nickel cases. I keep a general running tally of case loads on these, but it's not exact and I have yet to find any that have reached the end of their useful life.
Rifle brass is a whole other ball game, these I keep seperated by headstamp and keep exact load count. Useful case life will depend HIGHLY upon a variety of factors, most significant would be the % of max charge of the load. Cases reloaded at max loads consistently will not last nearly as long. Cases at min loads will last much longer. Neck sizing vs full lenght resizing will factor in also, with typically more reloads coming from neck sizing. ALOT of factors here, so I'll let others chime in and continue with their perspectives.
Which reloading manuals do you have available to you and what presses do you use? Also, what purposes will you be loading for, plinking, IPSC, bullseye, benchrest, etc.
Good luck to you in your endeavors, be safe and keep'em in the 10 ring!