pistol brass, loaded how many times?

Discussion in 'The Ammo & Reloading Forum' started by ammohoarder, Nov 21, 2012.

  1. ammohoarder

    ammohoarder New Member

    Nov 19, 2012
    How many times can you reload pistol brass and be safe?
  2. gdmoody

    gdmoody Moderator Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2007
    Athens, Georgia
    Until it cracks. There is no set number of time you can load a piece of brass. You just have to inspect them each time to make sure that are still safe to load.

    I have some brass that I have been using for 30 years, I won't sit here and say that I have reloaded them dozens of times cause that wouldn't be true, but there is no telling how many times I have loaded them cause I don't keep records.

  3. aa1911

    aa1911 Well-Known Member

    Dec 12, 2010
    Pacific Northwest
    most are pretty low pressure and will last many many reloads.

    I also load them until they crack/split or show any signs of splits. .45 ACP seems to last forever... Been loading the same 5000 cases of 45 for 15+ years with very few case failures.
  4. armoredman

    armoredman Active Member

    I usually lose them before I break them. I have had some crack at the case mouth, and they get scrapped, but very tiny cracks. I'm just particular - life is too short to shoot bad brass. ;)
  5. Throckmorton

    Throckmorton New Member

    Sep 10, 2008
    so many times that u will lose interest in trying to track it.lol I know I did.
    Brass is the one component that ends up costing u nothing over time.
  6. howlnmad

    howlnmad Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Nov 26, 2008
    Harriman, Tn
    Like said above, until you start to see splits in the case mouth but odds are good that you'll lose them before that happens unless you're shooting a wheel gun.
  7. ozo

    ozo Well-Known Member

    Jan 20, 2011
    Nashville TN
    Average or light charge....
    many,many times....

    Heavy loads with more stress,
    still lots of times.

    Several factors will determine the life.
    Even additives to tumbling media can
    shorten the brass' life.

    Tumble them, inspect them....
    No stress or cracks, load em up.
    Last edited: Nov 29, 2012
  8. acelungger

    acelungger New Member

    May 11, 2008
    I don't think this has been mention but if it has, never mind! Don't expand the neck's anymore than you have to!
  9. soundguy

    soundguy Well-Known Member

    May 8, 2012
    i go over my brass, especially rifle... with a fine tooth comb. That gun chamber is way too close to my face for any chance of having bad brass.

    I went thru my 222 cache the other day and bet i tossed ? 50-60 cartridges out of a maybee 300 or so. some had marks at the neck or mouth i wasn't happy with.. some actually had a seperation or tear in resizing.. or the start of a fissue could be seen forming. the ones with the minor marks I might got another laod out of.. but as you said.. just no reason to load questionable cases. I got plenty of brass to try to chance it on an iffy one. I must have tossed 15 alone that had case dents I didn't like..
  10. The Count

    The Count New Member

    May 29, 2010
    As long as you keep the loads from light to middle of the road you can reload them dozens of times easily. Some old timers told me they have brass then have been reloading for 20 years...Of course, the question is how often they were shot in those 20 years.
  11. 312shooter

    312shooter Well-Known Member

    Mar 17, 2008
    Las Vegas NV
    +1 to all the above posts, however if it is nickle plated about 3 times before splits occur.
  12. mikld

    mikld Well-Known Member

    Jun 24, 2009
    FWIW; I bought 1k .38 Special once fired cases back in '87, and have no idea how many times some have been reloaded (I would guess a minimum of 15 times and prolly a lot more). I have some nickle plated brass that I've reloaded so many times the brass is showing through the nickle plating...
  13. ejkoechling

    ejkoechling Well-Known Member

    Oct 15, 2012
    Imperial, MO
    lower pressure seem to last a long time
  14. JLA

    JLA Well-Known Member

    Feb 26, 2007
    Heart Of Texas
    load em til they fail.
  15. woolleyworm

    woolleyworm Well-Known Member

    Feb 23, 2009
    SW Fort Worth
    pistol brass, loaded how many times? My question exactly; 99% of all my loads are right about middle of the load data and I can't even remember the last time I had a case failure in pistol calibers. I have tossed a couple cases before loading, mostly in .38/357 with small mouth cracks.
    I've had some nickel cases that I've had to have reloaded at least a dozen times. Nickel plated cases will definitely give out quicker at higher charge levels. I've shot a ton of .327Federal nickel cases, since the 85gn HydraShoks were about the only thing available for awhile. I bought 200 rounds and then used those for my reloads. Glad they have the AE available now, I've got approx 240 nickel cases and 400 brass now. I have yet to scrap a .327 case due to failure, only due to my own boo-boos.
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