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Can we create a stick on good vs bad brass to reload?

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by alank2, Mar 23, 2008.

  1. VN350X10

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    If you want good brass in 9mm, go with Remington. There's a slight chamfer leading into the primer pocket, and it is extremely consistant. I've loaded & fired over 100K rounds shooting USPSA competition(including practice) with ZERO failures of any kind. This includes abusing the brass with 9mm Major loads in my Open Glock, and no problems. It gets 2 stage tumbled clean & carefully inspected, but so do all of my other loads. If you mhave any personal reasons that you don't like Rem, use Winchester. A bit harder to prime (no chamfer) but just as good.
    The chamfer is very helpful, as I have a Lee 1000 dedicated to 9mm, and it's not as precise on priming as my Dillon presses are.

    uncle albert
     
  2. Rusty Gun

    Rusty Gun Still learning to shoot

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    Can anyone tell me about 9mm brass with a head stamp "YVX 14". It is nice looking brass but has a green sealer on the primers and the primer pockets are crimped.

    I am wondering where it came from as the last batch of range pickup was about 700 and 70 of them were these little annoying bastards. I have not seen them in my range pickups before. They de-prime okay but will not take a new primer. And before you ask I did try my entire list of profanities almost every time they interrupted my loading ritual and this did not help at all. Maybe I needed more volume. Other than visual inspection, is there is an easy way to just get them the heck out of my brass stash?
     
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  3. VN350X10

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    Sounds like a Mil headstamp, but I have no clue on it. Being military would explain the crimped primers thou.

    uncle albert
     
  4. fredj338

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    PPU seem a bit thicker. So if using a 0.357" lead or coated lead bullet as many do, might get into chambering issues.
     
  5. Mikie

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    AMERC is the only really bad, useless brass I have come across to reload. It's amazing to me how soft this brass is such that it can barely hold onto the bullet. Another brass make is good quality but the crimped primer pockets make it finicky to seat the new primer. The brass I'm talking about is TZZ which I have only encountered in 45ACP. Otherwise TZZ quality is excellent.
     
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    You need to remove the crimp then gtg.
     
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    No problem with LC brass. Remove the crimp and on your way.

    Note that 223 LC brass (and maybe other LC calibers) come in NATO and non NATO. The NATO variety (designated with a + with a circle around it on the case head) will have slightly less volume. Could be an issue if you are loading max rounds. LC brass I separate by date, then by NATO/non NATO.
     
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    Don't know if this was covered in a previous post but AMERC [American Quality Ammunition] is now using A-USA head stamp. It is garbage ammunition and the cases are the worst part.
    Out of 30 rounds of 10mm that I fired 7 cases were split at the mouth or above the extractor groove. Inspected the other 220 unfired cartridges and found 37 that were already split.
    The rounds that I fired sounded like pop, pop, pop, BANG and then more pops and another BANG. At 10 yds could not keep all rounds on a 10X12 in. target.
    Called them and spoke to Darren, told him about the inconsistency and split cases. He told me it was not possible as their quality control is the highest in the industry.
    I keep this box of garbage on my desk to remind me you get what you pay for. The fired/split cases I keep in my range bag to show anyone who ask about buying cheap bulk ammo.
     
  10. 10or45

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    Good to know. I had A-USA brass losing primers in my 1911. The pockets were tapered. Tossed them all.
     
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    Odd. Word online was that A-USA was Armscor.
     
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    That's what I have understood also. I know for sure that I won't use that brass regardless of manuf.
     
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    The brass is made for Armscor by American Quality Ammunition as per my conversation with Darren.
     
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    That's kind of scary that Amerc is producing additional headstamps now and inconceivable that any manufacturer would trust them to produce brass.
     
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    The 250 Rds. of 10mm labeled American Quality Ammunition that I purchased through a well known discounter known for their "cheap" products is also head stamped A USA. This ammo was advertised as full metal jacket but is the poorest, dinged and malformed plated bullet that has every seen the light of day.
    Darren mentioned several other companies that they also produced brass for with their head stamp as well as loaded ammo.
    One will surprise you and may explain some comments I have read about even the best companies lay an egg every now and then.
    Don't know who to trust anymore.
     
  16. 10or45

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    Lapua for rifle, Starline, Federal, and Winchester for pistol, and Winchester for hot bolt gun loads are good to go. Federal is a bit softer brass.
     
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    Has anybody tried the new Starline bottleneck rifle brass, esp. 308?