All the cases are brass. The shiny and black nickel are just platings. Scratch any of them and you'll find a plain, ol' brass case underneath.Hornady TAP is brass
Old Hornady TAP FPD is black coated nickle
New Hornady TAP FPD is shiny nickle
Was it .45acp? That's the only caliber +P I've ever seen in old TAP FPD.
Hornady describes the case as nickle. That's what mine look like.All the cases are brass. The shiny and black nickel are just platings. Scratch any of them and you'll find a plain, ol' brass case underneath.
The various nickel coatings are more marketing than anything else - they look "pretty". The manufacturers claim the coating(s) aid in feeding and extraction, but I've never read anything that supports this contention. Quality uncoated cases feed and extract just like the fancy stuff.
They are nickel plated. Nickel itself is not suitable for cartridge cases, it is far too soft. Don't take my word for it; take a file or emory paper to the case and tell me what you find underneath. :wave:Hornady describes the case as nickle. That's what mine look like.
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Whether or not they feed better, I don't know. I've yet to have any TAP, brass, black or silver fail to feed.
FWIW; Hornady dropped the black case and switched to silver to facilitate a quick press-check. The black was hard to see in low light.