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    Do You Need New Brass

    In these past few months, I have read about reloading mishaps, firearm malfunctions etc. on this and other forums, which were attributed to brass problems. I have even experienced some myself. In past years we have gotten brass wherever we could find it for hard to get calibers. Once fired was not always so. Primer sizes were mixed, rims damaged, etc.. We made do because times were tough re: components. Now that we are in a time of relative plenty, I am discarding all of my old brass with any infirmities or of questionable origin and replacing it with new. Who knows when the next component drought will hit. A word to the wise.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sawfish View Post
    In these past few months, I have read about reloading mishaps, firearm malfunctions etc. on this and other forums, which were attributed to brass problems. I have even experienced some myself. In past years we have gotten brass wherever we could find it for hard to get calibers. Once fired was not always so. Primer sizes were mixed, rims damaged, etc.. We made do because times were tough re: components. Now that we are in a time of relative plenty, I am discarding all of my old brass with any infirmities or of questionable origin and replacing it with new. Who knows when the next component drought will hit. A word to the wise.
    I would say as the elections draw closer is when components will begin getting harder to find depending on who will be president and how it will change the tides

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    I give brass a pretty good looking over once it's clean but other than that I have never bought new brass nor had any brass related issues with rounds I loaded.

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    Never had a problem with brass. I shoot it until it's worn out. And that's when it finally splits. Never know it until it's ready for the tumbler, then it goes in the trash.

    Never bought brass, but I'm not bashful about picking it up off the ground when I find it, or accepting it when someone wants to give it away.
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    I’m rural with public shooting areas. I find so much once fired brass on the ground that I can never have to reload a case twice. 9mm, 45, and .223 cases abound.
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    The only times I've had to buy new brass is when I start a new caliber...44 Magnum comes to mind. Other times with a new caliber I'll buy once fired like 45-70 and 32 Win Special. I don't keep track of the number of reloads on it, just tumble it will and examine it closely for the end of it's service life.
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    I buy new brass, and reload them three times - sometimes four if the brass looks really good. I don't mind picking up range brass because where I shoot (hunting lease), nobody else reloads - but I prefer to know it's history. Got into a habit a few years ago that helps me keep track of the number of reloadings have happened. I use a small dot of fingernail polish on the end of the brass adjacent to the primer. The next reload gets another color, as does the third time. Three dots gets a strong inspection, and probably trashed.

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    Clean it and check it. If it appears in good shape it should be good to reload. Throw away when it looks bad.
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    I have had brand new 10mm case split and not even a hot load , as a matter of fact it was 0.6 less of max stuff happens

    But I always use new brass when working up a new load or hot loads
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    I'll get some new brass for cartridges I don't already have a ton of like 7.62x54r, 380 auto, 300 AAC or I'll get brass that I know will eventually get harder and harder to find like 38 super. For my common rounds, I'm doing pretty well (about 2000 .223, 3,000 45 ACP, 1000 45 colt and about 6000 9mm)
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