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This is a discussion on Case nick within the Reloading forums, part of the Defensive Ammunition & Ballistics category; I shot a few of my reloaded .45acp ammo yesterday at the range. They all fired and ejected perfectly out of my S&W 1911. I ...

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    Case nick

    I shot a few of my reloaded .45acp ammo yesterday at the range. They all fired and ejected perfectly out of my S&W 1911. I did notice however that there is a little nick in the side of the shell casings after firing. I also fired some factory WWB FMJ rounds and they too had a nick but not as noticeable as my reloads. Is this a big problem? The cases that I reloaded were unfired/unprimed Remington.

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    Can you get us a pic of the nick?
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    Yeah, would have to see what you are talking about.

    If the case mouth is dented, no problem. Resizing them will fix it. If you mean in the rim from the extractor or ejector, you should be fine there as well.
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    Yeah I will try and get a picture tonight to put up. It is on the "body" of the shell not on the rim.

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    This is usually caused by the case hitting the edge of the ejection port on its way out. It should not be anything to worry about, unless you are getting some serious deformation. Some folks will have their ejection ports "flared" or "lowered" to ensure reliability. This might adress your issue, if you are worried about it.

    A little ding in the side of the case, will not make it un-reloadable. It just won't look perfect.

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    Nicked case........

    Quote Originally Posted by alfack View Post
    This is usually caused by the case hitting the edge of the ejection port on its way out. It should not be anything to worry about, unless you are getting some serious deformation. Some folks will have their ejection ports "flared" or "lowered" to ensure reliability. This might adress your issue, if you are worried about it.

    A little ding in the side of the case, will not make it un-reloadable. It just won't look perfect.
    On my S&W 1911, the ejection port came lowered and flared from the factory so his has probably already been done.
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    Quote Originally Posted by automatic slim View Post
    On my S&W 1911, the ejection port came lowered and flared from the factory so his has probably already been done.
    It is the 108282 model and I believe it is lowered and flared.


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    Hmm.. I won't claim to be an expert, but if that is the case, then you may need to have your extractor or ejector tuned.

    Where does your brass land?

    There is a good article about this sort of tuning here:

    Brazos Custom

    look under tips and tricks and "Ejection perfection."

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    your asking us to determine how somebody was kilt without a body,pics please
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    Sorry it took so long to post these. The site wouldn't come up this morning. Picture isn't that great, but hopefully you can get what I am talking about.
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    Don't hold the camera so close. I have no way of telling what I'm looking at.
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    It is like a little dimple/nick in the brass about midway down the case from the neck.

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    another picture
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    there are a bit better
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