.45 acp brass

Discussion in 'The Ammo & Reloading Forum' started by downfall, Mar 31, 2011.

  1. downfall

    downfall New Member

    Dec 11, 2010
    Sacramento, DPRK
    How many times can .45 acp brass be safely reloaded? what should I look for as signs the brass has reached end of life?

  2. JLA

    JLA Well-Known Member

    Feb 26, 2007
    Heart Of Texas
    reload it til it splits at the mouth.... I have some winchester .45ACP brass that has been cycled 50 times or more and its still goin...

  3. TheGunClinger

    TheGunClinger Well-Known Member Supporting Member

  4. bayhawk2

    bayhawk2 New Member

    Nov 9, 2010
    JLA-Have you ever had to trim the cases after so many re-loads?
    I have a case trimmer I bought when I first got back
    into re-loading thinking handgun loads would be
    no different than rifle re-loading.I have yet to see any
    need to trim after several firings on my .45 Colt,.45
    ACP,or .44 Mag cases.Is that the norm?
  5. JLA

    JLA Well-Known Member

    Feb 26, 2007
    Heart Of Texas
    nope. I usually trim once fired brass just so its all consistent, after that I dont bother even checking the length on more than a random handful out of the pile. The dont grow, and in fact I find most auto brass tends to shrink a couple thousandths.
  6. JLA

    JLA Well-Known Member

    Feb 26, 2007
    Heart Of Texas
    most of the brass in the batch that has been cycled so many times is barely legible in the headstamp. The lettering has been peened out so to speak...
  7. woolleyworm

    woolleyworm Well-Known Member

    Feb 23, 2009
    SW Fort Worth
    pretty much as long as your shoulder doesn't wear out; just keep pullin the handle and load'em up ! A good inspection each and every time and most straight wall cases will last for a great while. Like JLA said, an initial trim to keep them consistent on the crimp. I measure about 5% and inspect 100% of my 45acp brass every reload session. If any of them are too short or look off in any way, they get tossed into scrap. I don't shoot very many hot loads, so I've only had to toss a few ( maybe 4-5) since I started reloading in '06.
  8. bayhawk2

    bayhawk2 New Member

    Nov 9, 2010
    Good stuff guys..thanks
  9. X Ring

    X Ring Active Member

    Mar 23, 2011
    I have had some 38SPL brass that will not retain a primer, loaded many many times it never split but the primer just will not stay in the pocket. Most of my auto brass splits first however.
  10. JLA

    JLA Well-Known Member

    Feb 26, 2007
    Heart Of Texas
    Thats another sign to toss them X ring. usually you get splits before the primer pocket loosens up tho...
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