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How many loads from 30.06 brass?

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by gforester, Oct 30, 2011.

  1. gforester

    gforester Motorhead

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    I know with many pistol loads you can get a lot of reloads before the brass wears out, depending on how hot it is loaded. I'm new to reloading for my rifle and I was wondering if there is some point shere the rifle brass should be discarded and replaced with new or more once-fired brass. This is for 30.06 loads.
     
  2. freakshow10mm

    freakshow10mm 10mm Advocate

    Garand strength loads I get about 8-10 shots per piece of brass.
     


  3. sourdough44

    sourdough44

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    There is an article about this in the latest Handloader magazine. It varied with the brass from different companies. He loaded up to 'commercial levels' & got up to 20 loadings from some lots, some started to go at about 10 or so. Depending on what I'm doing I load modest much of the time, it's easier on everything.
     
  4. gforester

    gforester Motorhead

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    Today I inspected my brass from my range trip last Wednesday and found 5 Winchester cases that looked like this. :wow:

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    I would imagine this is a typical failure of the 30.06 casing? I had not shot these before, they were some range pickup I had lying around so I don't know how many times they had been reloaded. I have some RP and some HXP and a lot of new unfired Winchester. I think I shall record the number of times I load them.

    If this was a dumb question, please forgive my ignorance as I am a newbie to reloading rifle brass.
     
  5. hogfish

    hogfish Señor Member

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    I don't have an answer, but just thought of something. During load development, I will usually load 5-6 sets of 3 different loads from min to max for 2-3 sesseions untill I find the right load. I have never identified the different load brass after it was fired, but only as 1st, 2nd, 3rd use, etc. This is most deffinitely wrong for keeping accurate records. I do check my brass after every single shot, though, plus when I reload.

    Just some random thoughts...

    :dunno:
     
  6. gforester

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    I just sorted my brass by headstamp and will be keeping records on number of loads for each. I only have the HXP (Greek Mil-surp M2), Winchester and R-P right now. I will keep a sharp eye on my Winchester for sure.
     
  7. fredj338

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    It just depends. How large the chamber is, how hot a load you use, the quality of the brass & then how you set your sizing dies up. In a bolt gun, neck sizing or partial FL sizing, not max loads, 12x is easily done. A M1, you might get to 10X w/ a match chamber, but 8-10 is more likely as Freak noted.
     
  8. PCJim

    PCJim Senior Member

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    GF, is this in a newly acquired Savage?
     
  9. gforester

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    Ummm, no, it was in my 03A3. I do have a newly acquired Savage but it hasn't had a chance to get to the range yet. I wil be loading up some more this week and it will get it's inaugural trip with me on Wednesday.
     
  10. creophus

    creophus Born Again

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    I'd measure how much life is left in the brass by the number of times you have to trim it. More you have to trim = Less brass in the case= Less life in the case.

    30-06 brass is easy to come by, no sense in pushing the limit.
     
  11. PCJim

    PCJim Senior Member

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    I'm pretty sure I was next in line.... Congrats on the acquisition.
     
  12. gforester

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    I was wondering how you would have known about the Savage. It seems to be a nice rifle and the price was good. I will find out on Wednesday what sort of shooter it is.
     
  13. craig110

    craig110 Wasted bits.

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    I agree. Running the numbers even with buying brand new brass (which I can't believe I said given it is a common caliber), the per-shot cost difference between pushing the brass or not is very minor.