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  • Question about brass

    Posted by james on June 23, 2022 at 1:12 pm

    So I’ve been running PPU through my 1911 and collecting the brass from it, I dont always get to keep all of it some gets lost or bounces in front of the firing line and so on, but in my collection of my own brass, I’ve wound up with enough federal to almost entirely make up my losses. This federal wasnt fired from my firearm. So the question is should I keep this federal separate? Is it safe to reload being once fired from a gun that’s not mine? Or is it fine to just toss in the tub of casings and move on?

    james replied 1 week, 4 days ago 2 Members · 9 Replies
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  • obsoleteammo

    Guest
    June 23, 2022 at 1:12 pm

    I use mixed range brass for my bulk handgun and rifle loads. All heavily mixed and from unknown number of loadings/origin. Just inspect for splits, etc

  • ocelot_piss

    Guest
    June 23, 2022 at 1:12 pm

    It’s fine to reload. Everything gets sized back to original dimensions when you run them through the sizing die.

    With rifle cartridges, you might get a situation where if you neck sized range pickups, they might not fit your gun because the previous chamber was slightly larger and the cases have blown out too big… Or if your chamber is longer then any range pickups might still need to “grow” a bit to become nicely fireformed… But you don’t need to care about any of this since it’s irrelevant for straight walled pistol brass.

  • Chocolatestaypuft

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    June 23, 2022 at 1:12 pm

    Something to keep in mind specifically for .45 ACP is that primer sizes can vary. Most manufacturers use large pistol primers but there’s one (I think it’s Federal) that uses small pistol primers. I usually separate my .45 brass by primer size, but otherwise it’s all mixed together.

  • YYCADM21

    Guest
    June 23, 2022 at 1:12 pm

    as long as it’s intact, and not a military round (Canadian, British 9mm uses Berdan primers a lot & they’re a PITA to modify) load away. Federal is NOT crap ammo; if you’re loading it for range ammo, you’ll get just as many cycles with it as anything else.

  • pirate40plus

    Guest
    June 23, 2022 at 1:12 pm

    You’re fine. The only rounds I separate are my coyote 5.56 and hunting.308 and 6.5C. Pistol brass I keep in 5 gallon buckets sorted by caliber.

    Even the rounds I consider more precision are loaded like their less precise counter parts except for the first 3-4 loadings they’re only neck sized.

  • Efficient-Jicama3647

    Guest
    June 23, 2022 at 1:12 pm

    Straight wall cartridges don’t really stretch and grow like bottle necks do so they don’t become weak. As long as the brass isn’t seriously disfigured from something oddball you should be fine. Only thing I’ve come across that I don’t reload is double flash hole and aguila(aguila flash holes are rarely if ever centered from what I’ve collected)

  • Drewzilla_p

    Guest
    June 23, 2022 at 1:12 pm

    As far as you need to be concerned, as long as it’s all the same primer size, and it’s all brass, it’s all the same.
    45 is low pressure, for practical purposes it won’t wear out. It doesn’t stretch and need trimming. You will lose it before it wears out. And it’s not accurate enough to worry about sorting like the benchrest long range rifle guys do.

    45 used to be something of a curse to reload, because of the different primer sizes used. Now, in the land of scarcity, you use whatever primers you can find, and 45 gives you flexibility.

  • kopfgeldjagar

    Guest
    June 23, 2022 at 1:12 pm

    FL size. Seat. Yeet.

  • epicfail48

    Guest
    June 23, 2022 at 1:12 pm

    As long as youre full-length resizing (and you should be) and the cases arent damaged, wont matter what the brass was fired out of before

    My brass collection for my AR is a complete hodgepodge of like, 7 different headstamps fired out of 2 different barrels on the same gun, mixed about 70/30 with range pickups i dug out of the mud at my gun club. 0 problems running any of it once its sized, and ive got a load cooked up with plinking components thats only barely over 1moa

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