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Brass Segregate

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by Shadetreeman, Apr 19, 2011.

  1. Shadetreeman


    Mar 23, 2011
    How do you guys mark or keep up with first shot brass to 2<SUP>nd</SUP> or 3<SUP>rd</SUP>, if you do at all.
  2. Roughedgekid

    Roughedgekid Old Fart

    Feb 12, 2005
    North Carolina
    I check it and if its not split it gets loaded again . It all go'es in the same bucket for pistol brass, rifle brass gets a little better treatment.

    Last edited: Apr 19, 2011

  3. PCJim

    PCJim Senior Member

    Aug 4, 2008
    It's pretty easy to segregate bottleneck brass - keep each shot lot together in a baggie or similar container with a record of the number of times it has been fired. Easy Peasy.

    Straightwalled pistol - why bother?
  4. GioaJack

    GioaJack Conifer Jack

    Apr 14, 2009
    Conifer, CO
    I start with virgin brass, be it revolver or pistol. After the first loading each case is visually inspected then with a set of both calipers and micrometer all measurements are taken and recorded; case length, rim width and thickness, inside wall diameter at the case mouth and at the web.

    After that has been completed each case is inscribed with an electric pencil on the case head indicating the number of times it has been loaded; 1, 11, 111, 1111, etc. Once marked all like cases are stored in airtight containers according to headstamp and number of loadings.

    I find this system to be very effective and in no way an intrusion on my everyday life since I'm usually watching HBO while the grandkids are doing all the work.

    Before they were born I scrounged brass where ever it could be found and loaded it until it split, (then twice more), or I lost it.

    You'll have to decide what system will work best for you. :whistling:

  5. shotgunred

    shotgunred local trouble maker

    Mar 1, 2008
    Washington (the state)
    I do it the same way the guys who sell it do. If it as a piece of lead in it its virgin brass. If it is empty its once fired brass.:cool:
  6. themighty9mm


    Sep 19, 2008
    With pistol brass I have always read shoot till it splits or gets lost. So far what I have done.
    Rifle brass it where it gets fuzzy for me. So far I have yet to reload for rifle. Really have no idea how many times is ok. I have read very mmixed things. Some say only a few times other I have read till it splits. It seems that since its a much higher presur thing you might want to be more cautious.

    To go along with that I also reload mixed head stamps with pistol. Not sure if its ok with rifle aswell. Things like LC cases and PMC cases. Seems the LC would generate higher presur
  7. Angry Fist

    Angry Fist Dehumanizer® Lifetime Member

    Dec 30, 2009
    Hellbilly Hill
    You never cease to amaze me.... :rofl:
  8. gwalchmai

    gwalchmai Lucky Member

    Jan 9, 2002
    Outside the perimeter
    That's pretty good, Jack. I use a pipe cutter to make a ring around the case each time I load it. Then you just count the rings...
  9. Shadetreeman


    Mar 23, 2011
    Well..... I guess that answered my question.
    Last edited: Apr 22, 2011
  10. IndyGunFreak


    Jan 26, 2001
  11. gwalchmai

    gwalchmai Lucky Member

    Jan 9, 2002
    Outside the perimeter
    Call me a spendthrift, but I think 1100 times is just too many...
  12. cole

    cole Millennium Member

    Dec 25, 1999
    This for me.
  13. Depends what loads I shoot. If I'm shooting loads that are near max in 40 cal I mark it with a sharpie, different color for different firing. After 5x I throw them in the recycling bin. I use the same for 30-06 brass as well.
  14. jadedragon


    Jun 20, 2007
    Not worth the time with pistol brass. You should be looking at each piece of brass you put into your press anyway. That's when you decide to use it or not. Not how many times it's been fired. Tracking standard velocity straight wall cases may make you feel better but be warned I've seen even once fired pistol brass fail and on the flip side I know I have 9mm and .45 brass I've fired at least 5 or 6 times. Now if you are talking about rifle brass then that's a subject for a whole nuther thread.
  15. skeeter7

    skeeter7 Brass Vulture

    Nov 13, 2010
    Rhode Island
    I feel the same way. I tumble my brass, visually inspect each piece, check the suspect pieces with dial calipers, and what I don't want in my press or pistol goes in the garbage. I don't mark or seperate brass after each use.
  16. Shadetreeman


    Mar 23, 2011
    That’s pretty much what I do now, just seeing how some others do.