nickel brass????

Discussion in 'The Ammo & Reloading Forum' started by jmar595, Jun 8, 2009.

  1. jmar595

    jmar595 New Member

    Feb 9, 2009
    Is nickel a good choice to use for reloading? I am very new to this. I just got a Hornady Lock n Load AP and deprimed, tumbled, and am now in the process of putting primers in. I am going to go slowly, one step at a time, even with this press. Thanks for any help
  2. woolleyworm

    woolleyworm Active Member

    Feb 23, 2009
    SW Fort Worth
    nothing wrong with nickel at all, typically can't get as many reloads out of it, but it all depends on what load you're putting in them.
  3. Alpo

    Alpo Well-Known Member

    Feb 3, 2007
    NW Florida
    Nickel, being harder than brass, will get mouth cracks sooner. Like (for 38s) at maybe loading 6 or 8, vs loading 12 or so with the brass cases. It depends on what caliber you are loading, how hot you load it, how much you bell the case, etc.

    Nickel has some great things going for it, though, not the least of which is it does not crud up like brass will.
  4. thomas44

    thomas44 New Member

    Mar 16, 2008
    I like nickel brass myself, but I don't load it very hot, because yes, it will split the necks sooner, however they don't seem to need trimmed as often. (they look really pretty all loaded up, too) :)
  5. 312shooter

    312shooter Well-Known Member

    Mar 17, 2008
    Las Vegas NV
    I like nickel it seems to me it runs smoother throught the dies.....maybe I'm wrong, it sure does look nice as thomas44 mentioned. The other plus is for some reason people shy away from buying it from my local range which leaves me with easy pickins.

  6. Bindernut

    Bindernut Well-Known Member

    Oct 24, 2007
    ND, USA
    Here's a quick search on nickel brass here in the reloading forum. Some good reading on the subject.

    And just a little repeating of what others have already posted here.
    Not a thing wrong with using nickel plated brass. It's got advantages and disadvantages to plain unplated brass.

    For "range ammo" brass that gets many reloads I prefer unplated. For my hunting loads, I am partial to nickel. I find the shiny cases easier to spot on the ground than brass, especially in the fall brown grass.
  7. Popgunner

    Popgunner New Member

    Dec 3, 2005
    Some worry about small nickel flakes coming off while re-sizing & getting stuck in dies. I don't & I've used nickel cases to denote elk loads & brass colored for deer loads in several calibers.
  8. pkcgbifaid

    pkcgbifaid Member

    Nov 12, 2003
    Charleston, WV
    When loading nickle plated cases for my 25-06 I have noticed I get quite a bit of copper shaving from the bullets as they are being seated, more so than when loading brass cases. Even though I'm using the same re-sizing die and trim and chamfer the cases. It doesn't bother the performance... just makes for a little more cleanup.
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