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Certain casings more desirable for reloading than others?

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by DEE50, Oct 27, 2013.


  1. DEE50

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    Okay, so basically what I'm gathering is that pretty much anything is fine for handgun calibers loaded moderately to warm (yet slightly under max load) such as: .357/38, 45 ACP, 9mm, .380, .40 S&W

    And for rifle cartridges such as .308 Win: Lapua, Norma, Hornady for precision or long distance and for plinking practice Remington or Winchester? :supergrin:
     

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  2. ColoCG

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    Not to speak for the poster but what you heard about nickel brass is true. It is not bad brass and has some good features but it does tend to crack and split sooner than regular brass. It is because the nickel plating is harder and more brittle than pure brass. I use what I pick up, but I would not pay money for it.

    My opinion on the rifle brass is yes Lapua is probably top of the line. But expensive, unless you are trying to achieve the best in long range accuracy it is not needed. Norma is also very good, I have never used Hornady.

    But from my experience, you can also achieve very good accuracy and results from Winchester, Federal, and Remington if you take care in putting your loads together.

    Your bullet, gun, and skill are the most important parts for accuracy. Powder next.
     

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    Set 'em straight, Sardg.
     
  4. SJ 40

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    You spoke well and saved me some typing, Thank You sir

    If the question was as to why I don't want small pistol primer 45 acp brass,because it creates a heck of a jam up on the dillon and I would rather weed it out . SJ 40
     
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    Where the hell is Tous?!?!?!?!?

    :dunno:

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    :thumbsup: No problem. I was planning on giving my own experiences with nickel plated brass anyway, and you had already mentioned your feelings, as well as the high quality of Starline brass. Thanks.
     
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    But as I lack any kind of skill, I settle for Lapua brass, VihtaVuori powder, Sierra Match King bullets, Federal GMM primers and ordinary luck! :rofl:

    Richard
     
  8. ColoCG

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    :shakehead: I should have thought of that variable too. :faint:
     
  9. DEE50

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    :shocked: :shocked: :shocked:
     
  10. DEE50

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    Helpful. Thank you. :embarassed:
     
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  11. SJ 40

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    Another thing with bottle necked rifle cases that are nickel after loading 4 or 5 times one is more likely to get case head separation. Besides splitting length wise they tend to split around the circumference also.

    The process of plating makes the brass more brittle,the trade off for not as great a chance of tarnishing. SJ 40
     
  12. ColoCG

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    I agree. I have no way to prove my theory. But I have always looked at nickel plating as a good way to cover up less than quality brass. :dunno: