Nickel Brass

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  1. jg420

    jg420

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    Dumb question but do you guys reload nickel brass for .45? If so do you get more reloads out of them, or would you advise to just not bother with them. I don't have many but was prepping a batch of brass to reload and found some nickel casings in there. Thanks for any responses
     
  2. Steve Koski

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    Load them up and shoot them like anything else. They might not last as long, but who cares.
     

  3. jg420

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    Cool thanks Steve I will keep an eye on them
     
  4. TonyT

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    The nickel plated brass cases tend to split sooner than the all brass ones. On the plus side the nickeled cases clean up faster in the tumbler.
     
  5. Kentguy

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    Jg420,

    For a while there last year it seemed that all I found was nickel .45s, must have had a huge sale somewhere???

    Not to worry about nickel, I have loaded a ton of it for .45’s, all for mid range target loads they work fine out of my G21.
    Have fun
     
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  6. Taterhead

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    I have loaded a bunch of nickel cases in 10mm and a few in 40 S&W. They are fine for a few reloads. I have mentioned this here before, but thought it is worth mentioning again:

    The nickel cases can lose neck tension significantly after 4-5 loadings. I found bullets of lighter weights would setback with very little pressure. I could push the bullet into the case with my thumb rather easily. These are lighter weight bullets with smaller bearing surface. The heavier and longer bullets do not exhibit as much of a problem. So a shorter 185 in 45 auto may show problems before they would show up with a 230.

    So yes, reload them. Just watch for insufficient neck tension.
     
  7. jg420

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    Thanks for the reply's, and yeah Tater I am reloading 230gr.
     
  8. Kwesi

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    I prefer Starline Nickel for 10mm 180gr FMJ. They are lasting longer re case splitting.
     
  9. Bello

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    I don't like nickel but I use it in .40 SW cause it's what I find at a cop range
     
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    I take my 40 and 45 nickel ammo to places where I know I wont be getting much/any of it back.
     
  11. Zombie Steve

    Zombie Steve Decap Pin Killa

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