what do you do with your brass that gives you a hard time

Discussion in 'The Ammo & Reloading Forum' started by cycloneman, Mar 14, 2012.

  1. cycloneman

    cycloneman Well-Known Member

    Dec 16, 2008
    getting into the shell holder. I purchase some once fired brass here and there. I notice that allmost 10% of the brass gives me a hard time fitting in the shell holder. I just throw them out. What do you guys do?
  2. steve4102

    steve4102 Former Guest

    Jan 27, 2006
    More details, please.

  3. ryan42

    ryan42 New Member

    Jan 28, 2012
    marion indiana
    If I get one like that i usually work it back and forth or I turn it 180 degrees and it comes right out.I think some ejectors can put a burr on them now and then or atleast thats what I figured it was from.
  4. cycloneman

    cycloneman Well-Known Member

    Dec 16, 2008
    i have done the same. I also figure since i am buying military brass they are probably shot out of full auto weapons and tend to ruff them up. Any that give me a real hard time i toss. I guess there is no way to reform the rim.
    It ends up being about 10% of my brass that i cull out because of this. So if there is no correcting the problem i think it behooves me to buy processed brass from now on.
  5. gdmoody

    gdmoody Moderator Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2007
    Athens, Georgia
    I usually throw them away, too.
  6. LDBennett

    LDBennett Well-Known Member

    Dec 20, 2003
    Hesperia, CA
    I have a Hakim semi-auto in 8mm. It is a very unique gun but manhandles the brass something terrible. It beats up the cases on exit by hitting the ejection port edge and the bolt handle as well as bends up the rim.

    The problem on this gun was the gas pressure which is adjustable has to be set to allow reliable extraction yet has to be low enough to delay the bolt opening until the chamber pressure has dropped sufficiently. This gun seems impossible to get perfectly adjusted and the bolt starts opening too soon and the case has not yet fully released itself from the cylinder walls. The result is the extractor pulls on the stuck case distorting the rim before it is totally extracted.

    The end result typically is that the rim is bent up such that it will not fit reliably into shell holder during reloading. I gave up and purchased a bunch of surplus 8mm ammo and only shoot that stuff. It is Berdan primed, as is most cheap surplus 8mm ammo, so it is not reload able by me. It is also corrosive so I have to be sure to immediately clean the bore of this gun with the correct solvent. The bore is not all that great anyway so no harm done. The gun shoots well regardless of these problems.

    So.... if you get the brass cheap enough just throw away any with beat up rims. That will put you ahead of frustration both in reloading and feeding ammo into the gun.

  7. DixieLandMan

    DixieLandMan Member

    Oct 18, 2011
    I throw mine in an empty coffee can for recycling later.
  8. LDBennett

    LDBennett Well-Known Member

    Dec 20, 2003
    Hesperia, CA
    My daughter recycles all the surplus and non-reloadable brass that I and my son-in-law generate. My son-in-law does not reload and almost all of his ammo is surplus. My daughter makes a killing on the recycling of this brass! (she does cans, too).

  9. Dirtypacman

    Dirtypacman New Member

    Mar 3, 2008
    Merrimac Valley, MA
    I will give it two times through my deprimer - resizer die - If it does not want to go properly after an adjustment in the seating in the press it gets tossed in a bin of "problem" brass to be emptied later.
  10. carver

    carver Moderator Supporting Member

    Same here.
  11. gun-nut

    gun-nut Member

    Jan 15, 2011
    sometimes just finding another shell holder thats close. i have some S&B 7x57 brass that the diamitor is just a fuzz too big for it to slip in the holder.
  12. Try another shell holder. It may be slightly larger and will accept all cases.

    When priming, I use the RCBS hand priming tool and an RCBS No. 3 shell holder for 45acp. It shouldn't happen, but one shell holder sets the primers flush and one sets it just below flush. I noticed this when I was getting inconsistent depths and just happened to change out the shell holder.
  13. cpttango30

    cpttango30 Guest

    Me I threw away the CHEAP LEE Crapppy shell holders. I replaced them all with RCBS shell holders and now all my brass fits even the "BAD BRASS" that didn't fit in the Lee shell holders.

    I didn't buy the lee junk someone sent it to me as a gift.
  14. pickenup

    pickenup Active Member

    If I can't make it work, I recycle it.
  15. JLA

    JLA Well-Known Member

    Feb 26, 2007
    Heart Of Texas
    deburring flash holes makes my fingers hurt.

    Annealing rifle brass gets me burned sometimes.

    Thats about it.
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