Fireforming Nickle Plated Brass?

Discussion in 'The Ammo & Reloading Forum' started by steve4102, Apr 21, 2012.

  1. steve4102

    steve4102 Former Guest

    Jan 27, 2006
    A friend of mine just gave me a bunch of once fired 30-06 Nickle plated brass. I would like to use these in my 30-06 AI. Any reason not to fireform Nickle plated brass to an Ackley chamber?
  2. Hammerslagger

    Hammerslagger New Member

    Jul 30, 2009
    I cannot cite a reason not to; but I do not advise doing so for the following reasons.

    Its not going to be uniformly nickel plated in the areas that stretch a lot. May likely look splotched or mottled in appearance in these areas.

    Manufacturers sometimes nickel plate brass that is just under minimum material condition (aka under-size or under thickness) to bring it into minimum specifications and not have to scrap it. This is not to say that such is the situation with all nickel plated cartridge cases; but I observed such to be the case with some commercial major maker 9x19 about 20 years ago. Bottom line is that the brass may be more likely to fracture in the fire forming operation, and/or be less durable after being formed.

    Hope this helps.
    Last edited: Apr 21, 2012

  3. JLA

    JLA Well-Known Member

    Feb 26, 2007
    Heart Of Texas
    Anneal it and do it steve.
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