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    Reloading brass?

    I'm stocking up on used brass that I pick up at the range. I'm going to buy a reloading press and supplies with the $600 tax return we all get. Anyway, is there any difference in the manufacturer of the brass? I've been picking up winchester only so far. Do most of you reloaders just use whatever brass you can find, or are you brand specific?
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    Most brands seen to do Ok but - if you can manage the effort - set aside cases by headstamp and load in matching batches .. it helps with regard to case capacity and case length ... albeit by small factors.

    Wall thicknesses could vary by small amounts and also even hardness aspects - which could affect crimp function slightly.

    For .38 spl I confess I load any old cases but where headspacing is important re rimless stuff - seems worth sorting before reloading (IMO).
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    I haven't been able to find .40 S&W bullets anywhere either for some reason.

    I'll probably stick to just winchester brass. I can find it everywhere since everyone shoots it.
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    i use whatever.
    and remember folks, this money we are getting, it is a tax return advance.
    its not like ur just getting free $600, b/c you are getting that much less next year
    having said that, spend the money of gun stuff!
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    Aww crap. I thought it was an EXTRA $600. My average return is around $600, so I guess I can expect to either owe, or not get anything next year.
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    For plinking and such most any brass is OK. Pistol brass will last a very long time if you take care of it. More is lost at the range than is worn out. I am still reloading some I got back in the early 60s'.

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    Don't bother with Amerc brass. It sucks.

    The big names are good, Starline is excellent.

    Federal is soft brass and wears quicker. I'll take if the price is right (cheap or free) but I usually pick it up to trade or sell.
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    I've had a weird problem with S&B brass...wherein the overall length of the bullet and cartridge varies more than with other brass...

    Doesn't stop me from using it...but I keep a close check on ammo reloaded in those cases to make sure it doesn't end up exceeding the max OAL.

    Other than that...I reload whatever...but I REALLY like loading nickel cases... ;)
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    The only caution I would throw out about mixing brass would be when you are working up a load that approaches a maximum charge. Any difference in wall thickness changes overall case volume. This reduction could cause dangerous pressures if the load was worked up in brass with a thinner wall / larger case volume. Most of us never experience this problem when loading for the range as there is not much advantage to loading max charges for target shooting. The most obvious and warned about comes with reloading for the 223 rifle. Virtually every reloading manual will have a warning about reducing powder charges if loading military cases as they can have as much as 10% less volume than commercial 223 cases. Again, for standard target pistol loads, you will have more concern over different case lengths than different manufacturers and this only because it may affect the degree of crimp you get.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tubby45 View Post
    Don't bother with Amerc brass. It sucks.

    The big names are good, Starline is excellent.

    Federal is soft brass and wears quicker. I'll take if the price is right (cheap or free) but I usually pick it up to trade or sell.
    Yup, Amerc sucks big time.
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    I'll use federal, winchester, CCI and independence has the I stamped on it . havent had any luck with anything else. Brass too soft

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    i use any and all that is reloadable. i don't worry about the type and/or make. never had a problem.
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    C9H, we gotta trade. I find all kinds of .40 S&W brass, but everyone here reloads their .45acp, so I never find any at the range during pickup. I was at a local range Sat., and after a CCW class had finished shooting, the instructor asked me if I wanted to pick over their brass. However, he said, they had picked up all the .45acp.
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    I hand inspect every piece of brass I pick up, usually after it's been cleaned. I love Winchester, CCI and Federal, but will not have a problem use most any other type if they pass inspection. If I have any question about ANY brass I store it to sell as scrap.
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