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How do you track the # times your brass has been loaded?

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by Kwesi, Dec 17, 2012.

  1. Kwesi

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    For semi auto pistol brass: Do you use a colored marker around the primer, put a mark on the case itself or what? Is the color removed when tumbled with Corn Cob? I have my 10mm brass in mind.
     
    Last edited: Dec 17, 2012
  2. Hoser

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    Pistol brass? Dont track that stuff. I lose it long before it wearing out is a concern.

    For long range rifle I just load up 500 rounds and use them for the life of the barrel. After a few thousand rounds the barrel is toast and the brass has been loaded 5-6 times at that point. New barrel = new brass.
     


  3. fredj338

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    For rifle, I keep them in 60-100rd plastic boxes & write it on the lid. For handgun, I don't bother but for a 100 set aside for hunting guns like the scoped 44mag.
     
  4. dhgeyer

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    I load and shoot by the box, 50 or 100 round batches. Every time I reload a batch I relabel the box with all pertinent information: Date, load data, brand of cases or mixed, and how many times the batch has been reloaded. It's not perfect, as I lose a case here and there, which I replace with once fired cases. This last only applies to semi-autos of course. I don't lose revolver cases. After the batch has been reloaded what I consider to be its life, I recycle the whole batch in buckets provided at my club.
     
  5. unclebob

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    I have a bucket in the reloading room full of brass that I work out of. I go to the range and shoot X number of rounds. I take the brass and run them through Walnut media with dryer sheets. Those then go in the bucket by the tumblers. I keep doing this until all the brass in the bucket that is in the reloading room is empty. I then run the brass that is by the tumblers through corn cob media and 50/50 mixture of mineral spirits and Nu-Finish car polish. Those then go into the bucket in the reloading room and I start all over again. I do this 6 times then they go in a bucket for lost brass matches. I keep tack in my head but you could somehow mark the container or just put a note in the bucket. I loose every little brass other than the lost brass matches.
    Rifle brass is like what Fred said.
     
  6. Kwesi

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    Thanks. I edited the OP to state semi auto pistol brass (10mm).
     
  7. Colorado4Wheel

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  8. unclebob

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    If I didn’t lose the brass in the lost brass matches. I still would do it the same way. But when I started to get a fair amount of split cases then I would get rid of that brass in those buckets and start over.
     
  9. IndyGunFreak

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    Pistol brass... When it splits.. I've had it to long.. :)
     
  10. Boxerglocker

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    Pistol brass never, load it till it spilts.

    AR rifle, I mark the boxes 2nd, 3rd, etc. I keep those 2 gallon ice cream bins labeled as such. Once the fill up I load a batch of 500 or so. By the 4th firing. I usually leave it on the ground at a lost brass match.
     
  11. PhantomF4E

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    Loading pistol brass. If it splits , you must quit .
     
  12. Kwesi

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    I do load until that vertical split occurs. The reason I asked is because I've read some posts that limit top end loads to brass only fired x times.
     
  13. brisk21

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    I can tell how many times my .45 has been loaded. There is an extractor mark on the rim of the case for every time it has been fired. I have some brass that has been loaded 5 or 6 times and it still works great!!!
     
  14. fredj338

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    If you are going to run max loads in your 10mm, then I would sort by times fired. The brass is going to fail sooner than later.
     
  15. SJ 40

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    Till the cases split or I don't like how the primer pocket feels as I'm priming the case,then it becomes scrap. SJ 40
     
  16. dkf

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    Put a tally mark on the brass with a fine sharpie every time it is loaded and then wrap case several times with clear box tape to prevent the sharpie mark from being removed.:whistling:















    I just shoot until it starts to look real rough and wore out and the rim has a excessive marks on it.:supergrin:
     
  17. Colorado4Wheel

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    10mm load data is not really that high of pressure. Never had a split case cause me any issues. I never even notice it even.
     
  18. Pistol brass I don't bother counting.
    Rifle brass, especially 30.06 goes into old kitty litter jugs. I have them marked as once fired, twice etc.
    .223 I haven't been good about keeping track of firing cycles.
    .17 Remington Center fire brass usually splits at the neck after two or three loads. It sort of eliminates itself.
     
  19. jdavionic

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    I don't. Since I don't know if it's my brass or someone else's, I just ensure that I inspect each case.
     
  20. Firecop203

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    I've never tried to keep track of how many times they've been loaded. I inspect before the next loading. It if doesn't pass the inspection, it goes into a scrap bucket.