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Visual bulge in .45 brass

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by GlennP, Aug 21, 2010.

  1. GlennP

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    From the recent MG shoot theres some brass from thompsons with what appears to be a slight bulge about 1/3 of the way up, and not all the way around. If its going to be sized and fired in a tight 1911 (not repetative bulge/size/bulge/size) will I be OK? Or should I steer way clear? Thanks!
     
  2. GioaJack

    GioaJack Conifer Jack

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    I have a bunch of military brass I shot out of department Thompsons, about 10% of them 'guppy' (bulge) during sizing, I just toss 'em.


    Jack
     


  3. GlennP

    GlennP

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    Its not bulging during sizing (well, I dont know yet, its bulged sitting as it is) and the brass is commercial stuff and norinco. Is it unsafe? Or just a PITA?
     
  4. jmorris

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    A casepro or me are your friend. SMG’s can be hard on brass but they are still ok if you have the right stuff.
     
  5. GioaJack

    GioaJack Conifer Jack

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    I've loaded brass shot out of several different Thompsons, (all U.S. military rounds) and every one of the guns had loose chambers, so much so that a percentage of it takes two men and a small boy to size it. (Never really noticed any visible bulge before sizing but I have so much of it I don't really look.)

    Try sizing them, if you're going to have a problem it's with the brass being pushed down toward the case head and leaving a visible ring. Toss those, .45 brass is cheap and plentiful. If they size without problem or undue force they'll be fine. I should hundreds of 'em every week. .45 is a relatively low pressure round anyway, one of the easier rounds to load.

    Have no idea if Norinco is crimped or not, can't recall ever loading any.


    Jack
     
  6. jmorris

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    Last edited: Aug 22, 2010
  7. Bello

    Bello America/Italia

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    i know a few companys have the bulgebuster for the presses
     
  8. GioaJack

    GioaJack Conifer Jack

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  9. herdingcats

    herdingcats still new

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    That machine is RAD with a capital "R". I've been getting along without one, but now I think I need one!