Pictures of Damaged Brass

Discussion in 'The Ammo & Reloading Forum' started by Del Slo, Jun 24, 2012.

  1. soundguy

    soundguy Well-Known Member

    May 8, 2012
    95% of my brass is used, gifted, range picked up, etc. I get what i can.. go thru it.. tos the bad ones. after every laoding I reinspect the spents and toss anything bad.

    I have bought boxes of used mixed brass at gun shows for 1-4 cents per cartridge.. mixed caliber, mixed head stamp, mixed crimped and non crimped primers ( all boxer ).. .. I go thru it and toss anything damaged, and trade off stuff I don't relaod to other people.. at those low prices for what is usually range brass or a couple x frired.. i expect a few bad ones to show up and due to the low price, i don't sweat it much either.

    so far none of my virgin brass or any I've opted to save and relaod have ruptured on me.. but then i inspect them pretty good and toss anything questionable.. it's always recyclable so i don't loose much money especially onthe bulk 1c per round range stuff i sometimes scrounge up.

    no hot loads for me. I like staying a few % under max... some of my best 30-06 loads with imr 4064 are middle of the road at 47.5g pushing a 180g sprie point flat bottom etc..
  2. JLA

    JLA Well-Known Member

    Feb 26, 2007
    Heart Of Texas

  3. Del Slo

    Del Slo New Member

    Jun 19, 2012
    I heard if I'm reloading for accuracy, I shouldn't FL size it... Just the neck. That way the case is already shaped to the chamber. Therefore the bullet is pretty darn close to perfectly centered.
  4. JLA

    JLA Well-Known Member

    Feb 26, 2007
    Heart Of Texas
    True, but if youre shooting 2 different rifles and dont keep the brass separate chances are cases shot in one wont fit in the other.
  5. UncleFudd

    UncleFudd Well-Known Member

    Mar 23, 2008
    Phoenix, Az
    In addition to pics there is a sure-fire way to find cracked brass in particular and it is very easy and nearly fool proof.

    Try this;

    Take a handful of brass, put a known piece with a crack in it with the good brass and just shake it in your hands or pour it back and forth between one hand and the other and listen as the cracked brass makes a very definitive, and unmistakeable sound. Remove the cracked brass from the good brass and pour or shake them again and you will hear the difference. So in the future if you are making your initial check, if you have any cracked brass in your lots you will never have trouble finding it again.

    Hope this helps all who have never tried it as it really does work and is quick and easy.

  6. TheGunClinger

    TheGunClinger Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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