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Old 10-16-2014, 20:16   #1
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Would you shoot this case?

I loaded a bunch tonight to finish off a batch of bullets so I can move on to my next loading project, which will be 147gr plated RN with Unique, developing for very light loads for my wife (both bullets weight and powder are new to me). I load on a LCT so since I'm already going slow, I give each round a wipe down and a quick visual inspection as they come off the press. When I saw this one, I set it aside, because I wasn't sure.

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This is a 9mm case, loaded with 6.2 gr of AA#5, 124gr plated RN at 1.160 OAL. This is below the published max, if that matters at all.

My gut tells me that this is probably safe to shoot, but I wanted to get some more experienced opinions before I toss it into the ammo can with the rest.
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Old 10-16-2014, 20:40   #2
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I would shoot it.
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Old 10-16-2014, 21:08   #3
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I would not shoot it. Brass is cheaper than pistol or hand damage.
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Old 10-16-2014, 21:29   #4
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Throw it out. Brass is cheap. If a primer does not seat, if it does not slide into the shell plate easily, if its does not feel right for any reason...trash it.
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Old 10-16-2014, 21:42   #5
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If it is already loaded, I would shoot it.
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Old 10-16-2014, 22:03   #6
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Ok so far it's 2 for "shoot it" and 2 for "toss it." The round is already loaded. Maybe I could give it to someone I don't like. I kid, I kid...

Despite the 12 whole cents I have sunk into it, it'll probably go up on the shelf of rejects and mystery rounds.
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Old 10-16-2014, 22:10   #7
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Old 10-16-2014, 22:15   #8
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I would shoot it. Look at a sectioned case, there is a lot of brass in that spot b


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Old 10-16-2014, 22:18   #9
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I would shoot it. Look at a sectioned case, there is a lot of brass in that spot b


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What he said. That little poke is not in a particularly vulnerable spot.
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Old 10-17-2014, 06:23   #10
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Schrag4 "Despite the 12 whole cents I have sunk into it, it'll probably go up on the shelf of rejects and mystery rounds."

Good call!

naughtymoose "Throw it out. Brass is cheap."

moose here hit the nail right on the head, especially 9mm brass. If something like this makes you stop and question... than you already know it is not worth shooting.
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Old 10-17-2014, 06:35   #11
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I'd give it to somebody I didn't like.
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Old 10-17-2014, 06:47   #12
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Get a bullet puller and reclaim most of the 12 cents if you are concerned.
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Old 10-17-2014, 08:47   #13
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That's what ex wives are for.
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Old 10-17-2014, 08:55   #14
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It might just be a scratch, probably is, but I don't like the look of the line extending upward from the divot. It could be a crack. In fact, there are two parallel marks like as if a Glock Smiley had been resized.

I would not knowingly shoot it. OTOH, I would have never looked at the round close enough to even detect it so I suspect I would have shot it.

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Old 10-17-2014, 09:16   #15
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Get a bullet puller and reclaim most of the 12 cents if you are concerned.
Agreed!

Why bother taking the risk of it damaging your gun, or risking injury? Brass is just too cheap, and easy to come by!

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Old 10-17-2014, 09:33   #16
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I would shoot it. Then when your done cut the case length wise through the flash hole and you will see why I would have no problem shooting it.
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Old 10-17-2014, 10:06   #17
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From the ring and discoloration(about 1/8 inch up) back to the case head is solid brass cept for the primer pocket and flash hole.

No powder in this area all the pressure exerted on the case in a "safe round" is above that ring, where the powder is.

Shoot-em.
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Old 10-17-2014, 10:55   #18
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That shelf with the mystery rounds is a frightening place, isn't it?

It seems like putting stuff there for a couple of years reduces the expense of the wasted supplies those rounds represent.
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Old 10-17-2014, 11:11   #19
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If it were me I would mark the base of the case with a Sharpie, load it in the gun pull the magazine out and shoot it. Find the case and smash it so someone else does not use it and throw it away. I also would probably put that nick facing down in the gun. Just in case something does go wrong and the pressure going out the mag well.
I take it you do not have a bullet puller?
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I'd give it to somebody I didn't like.
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