close

Privacy guaranteed - Your email is not shared with anyone.

What's your oldest brass

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by gwalchmai, Nov 24, 2012.

  1. gwalchmai

    gwalchmai Lucky Member

    Messages:
    27,005
    Likes Received:
    5,336
    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2002
    Location:
    Outside the perimeter
    I was giving my big pile of WCC a quick inspection today and found several from 1942 and '43. I saw one from '41 but reflex tossed it into the "good" bucket before I could set it aside. I know it's in there but I'm not going back through. I'm pretty sure I have at least one WCC from every year from '42 to the mid-90s.
     
  2. PhantomF4E

    PhantomF4E

    Messages:
    1,094
    Likes Received:
    3
    Joined:
    Aug 24, 2010
    Location:
    South Florida
    Heck even with the age stamp it could be once fired brass ! Still could have a lot of life left in it. When you can't read the dates anymore is when the brass is starting to wear !!!
    Must admit though I haven't seen any 40's vintage in my neck of the woods.
     
    Last edited: Nov 24, 2012

  3. papercidal

    papercidal

    Messages:
    400
    Likes Received:
    136
    Joined:
    Jun 7, 2012
    Location:
    Vancouver,Wa
    I found a dozen or so wcc dated 51-53 at the range that still had the red lacquer ring around the primers
     
  4. G36_Me

    G36_Me

    Messages:
    1,187
    Likes Received:
    21
    Joined:
    Aug 4, 2009
    My oldest is some stuff from the 70s that I reload. Didn't know you could date brass. This brass from the 70s was given to me, so don't know how old it is.
     
  5. gwalchmai

    gwalchmai Lucky Member

    Messages:
    27,005
    Likes Received:
    5,336
    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2002
    Location:
    Outside the perimeter
    I have several WCC and RA brass with headstamps from the 40s, and I think some LC from the 50s & later. I think only the military dated headstamps.

    Yes, these are in great shape and most will stay in my rotation (except for souvenirs). They're much newer looking than many I use. ;)
     
  6. Kentguy

    Kentguy

    Messages:
    1,985
    Likes Received:
    222
    Joined:
    Nov 22, 2010
    Location:
    Kent, OH
    gwalchmai,

    The oldest stuff I had was some .45 ACP (winchester) from the early 70's. I loaded em and shot em off last summer.

    Worked good.
     
  7. Zombie Steve

    Zombie Steve Decap Pin Killa

    Messages:
    18,083
    Likes Received:
    25
    Joined:
    May 31, 2007
    Location:
    Old Colorado City
  8. gwalchmai

    gwalchmai Lucky Member

    Messages:
    27,005
    Likes Received:
    5,336
    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2002
    Location:
    Outside the perimeter
    Here, I found a couple more...
     

    Attached Files:

  9. Ironbar

    Ironbar

    Messages:
    1,896
    Likes Received:
    1
    Joined:
    Jun 7, 2009
    Location:
    The GR8 ST8 of Orygun!
    I had a few rounds from the 60's pop up in the last batch of Greek HXP .30-06 I got from CMP, but was never previously fired, and I don't think I'll have a problem reloading it.
     
  10. Wil Terry

    Wil Terry

    Messages:
    185
    Likes Received:
    8
    Joined:
    Nov 28, 2001
    FA 1918 45ACP brass. Works just fine.
     
  11. PattonT

    PattonT

    Messages:
    1,624
    Likes Received:
    100
    Joined:
    May 22, 2010
    Location:
    South East TN
    Not very old apparently but I have some of my grandpas 38spl brass(nickle) from the ? 50's/60's. I wish I would have never shot the original but I never thought I would have sentimental attachment to ammo. At least I have the casings still.
     
  12. shotgunred

    shotgunred local trouble maker

    Messages:
    9,125
    Likes Received:
    1,401
    Joined:
    Mar 1, 2008
    Location:
    Washington (the state)
    I have never bothered to look.
     
  13. ustate

    ustate NRA Member

    Messages:
    865
    Likes Received:
    17
    Joined:
    Dec 25, 2006
    Location:
    Utah
    I have some milsurp .30/06 brass that would date back to the Korean War and Vietnam eras.
     
  14. SmokeRoss

    SmokeRoss GTDS Member #49

    Messages:
    8,421
    Likes Received:
    3,660
    Joined:
    May 15, 2011
    Location:
    Alaska
    I reload for a .41 Long Colt. Pretty sure some of the brass is over 100 years old. I have shot factory ammo that old also. Obvious by the designs on the box.
     
  15. Travclem

    Travclem Badass Member Lifetime Member

    Messages:
    6,775
    Likes Received:
    19
    Joined:
    Aug 4, 2008
    Location:
    Lubbock, TX
    I have some '67 LC 5.56 and some old SuperVel .45 but that's as far back as mine goes.
     
  16. Hogpauls

    Hogpauls

    Messages:
    854
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Nov 6, 2009
    Location:
    Idaho
    The early 40's in .45 cal. They loaded and shot just as well as newer. I think they are on their 5th loadings with me, who knows how many before I found them.