Stepped cases

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  1. ottomatic

    ottomatic

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    I just started reloading again after a 30 year break. Bought a coworker's 550 to go with my ancient Rockchucker.
    I spent the last few evenings sorting brass and found some 9 mm cases with "steps" inside. I separated them, but I don't know anything about them. Are they a problem? Obviously with the thicker case at the bottom, they must have a lower case volume. Will this cause pressure problems? I don't intend on running my 9's particularly hot.
     
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    Toss them. Your correct in case volume and pressure problems. Could be in bullet seating depth too. With all the 9mm cases laying on the ground after a match waiting to be picked up, I toss anything that isn't "normal".
     
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  3. 5.45 Shooter

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    I can't get them through my sizing/deprime die so I pitch them.
     
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    Total crap, toss them. They can & will separate at that step. Dont Ask me how I know.:crying:
     
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  6. ottomatic

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    Thanks, will do.
     
  7. Hoser

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    Bad brass for sure.

    Luckily when I run brass through my rollsizer, they stand out pretty god and are easy to cull.
     
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    If I notice them I put them in my brass recycling bucket. Otherwise, I don't worry about it as my loads are at bunny fart levels so a slight increase in pressure doesn't cause a problem for me.
     
  9. 10or45

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    Definitely toss them. Like mentioned before, they will separate at the step during extraction and leave the front in chamber.
    Total junk
     
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    IMT, Freedom Munitions, AmmoLoad, and MaxxTec, the worst just pitch them,
     
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