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Old reloads

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by fendertele87, Jul 17, 2012.

  1. fendertele87


    Apr 7, 2011
    My mother-in-law brought me a box of bullets that her ex-husband had. Got some nice stuff; also some holsters mag cases.. I know that he use to reload and I found a bag of bullets that I'm assuming our reloads... Not sure if I should shoot them or trash them. What do you think?
  2. Jim Watson

    Jim Watson

    Jul 10, 2001
    Do you mean you found a bag of CARTRIDGES that you are assuming our (are?) reloads?

    From an ex husband?

    No way.

    I would pull them down for the bullets and brass or if not a caliber I load, give to somebody who would.

  3. fnfalman

    fnfalman Chicks Dig It

    Oct 23, 2000
    California & New Mexico, US
    I'd put them in a Glock and shoot'em.
  4. Brucev


    Jul 19, 2009
    I've heard people talk about how one must not ever shoot reloads unless you loaded them yourself. Personally, if I were given a box of ammo/reloads, I'd grab the appropriate caliber handgun and head for the range.
  5. I would never ever shoot anyones reload. if you "MUST", then I recommend this gear

  6. Jason D

    Jason D INFRINGED Silver Member Millennium Member

    Jun 16, 1999
    Mivonks, MI
    If you were to blow a gun up with gun show reloads, or even a friend's reloads. Then what is your recourse? At the very least you will lose a friend or have some gun show dick tell you to go piss up a rope. At most, it's about exactly the same scenario.

    If you reload your own and blow the gun up, you are to blame and can use that as a learning experience. I would never take a chance on someone else's reloads ever.

    You have no idea if the reloads are even safe. Not only in powder charge, but also other components. Not all bullets are created equal. Brass gets tired and worn out. Yet with an acid bath you can make it look new.

    That doesn't mean the primer pockets aren't worn out, or thin spots aren't present. When I reload, my casings get inspected several time throughout the process. I am shooting the best ammo I can make. That often rivals and beats some of the best new ammo. I can still load a box of 38's for less than a third of what new manufacture costs.

    That is not to say that a buddies ammo is bad, or your gun show ammo is junk. It just means they are an unknown. Why would you take the chance on trying to get in a cheaper range session.

    You have two options when it comes to shooting.
    Buying new ammo, or reloading your own. Sure there is a pretty good sized expense at first, but after awhile your stuff pays for itself.
  7. fendertele87


    Apr 7, 2011
    I'm not even sure if they are reloads.. But to be safe I'm probably not gonna shoot them.. Is there a way I can tell?
  8. deadite

    deadite Groovy.

    Do they all have the same head stamp? Do they look pretty uniform?

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  9. Jason D

    Jason D INFRINGED Silver Member Millennium Member

    Jun 16, 1999
    Mivonks, MI
    If they are for an autoloader they would have extractor and ejector marks on them. There would also be scratches on the casings from being run through dies several times during reloading. That can be lessened though by using good dies and keeping them clean.


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  11. Spiffums

    Spiffums I.C.P.

    Sep 30, 2006
    What about the Black Hills ammo remans or the Atlanta Arms and Ammo remans?
  12. Jason D

    Jason D INFRINGED Silver Member Millennium Member

    Jun 16, 1999
    Mivonks, MI
    Black Hills is known for quality ammo.
    I know nothing of the AA ammo, but I would feel ok shooting BH.