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    Okay guys, embarrassing question

    I can't believe I don't already know the answer to this question, but I've never bought brand new brass before. Do you have to do anything to them besides flare the case mouth, dump the powder, and seat the bullet? I'm thinking that the brass is already sized, and I shouldn't need to mess with it. Thanks in advance for the answer to a simple question.

    The brass in question is Starline 44 special.
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    You got it, flare, dump, seat, crimp. I use Winchester .44 Special brass but I can't imagine Starline is any different.

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    I've got a bunch of 45acp and 380 new brass from the Xtreme rebate. Haven't used any yet but I was just going to run it through the progressive press like all other brass.
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    I size all virgin cases, doesn't matter what caliber, size, style or finish. If you want a uniform production, size them just as you would your own. Garanteed.....you will notice inconsistent pressure from one case to the next as you size the virgin cases. Take the time, you will definitely be satisfied with the end result. And you may find the case with the incomplete fill out, doesn't happen often but why take the chance of a defective cartridge case.
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    If he's loading on a progressive, sizing is the first step.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NativeTexan View Post
    If he's loading on a progressive, sizing is the first step.
    unless you remove the size die!
    don't do progressives (in presses or politicians) any more but think that will work?
    I don't personally resize new brass.
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    Quote Originally Posted by olfarhors View Post
    unless you remove the size die!
    don't do progressives (in presses or politicians) any more but think that will work?
    I don't personally resize new brass.

    WHY would you do THAT? Won't make things any faster. I'd just leave the press as is and size 'em, certainly won't HURT anything and COULD help IMHO.

    I don't do progressives either anymore, prefer my turret presses. My Dillon broke for the second time and I traded my Lee Pro 1000 to Czechbiker for some brass and bullets. But, some folks like the things. I'm retired and in no hurry and prefer quality to quantity, but that's just me. YMMV The Dillon is in 9mm anyway and I mostly shoot factory in that caliber anymore, but I can load it on my Lee Turret and I'll size 'em, thanks, new brass or used.
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    I've always sized my new brass. Honestly I never considered not sizing it.
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    1: any of various devices that grip, clasp, or hook
    2: a device to hold cartridges for charging the magazines of some rifles; also : a magazine from which ammunition is fed into the chamber of a firearm.

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    Same here. Not only do I size new brass, I usually check the OAL of each case depending on what I’m loading.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Panda View Post
    Same here. Not only do I size new brass, I usually check the OAL of each case depending on what I’m loading.
    Me too...and throw in a little chamfer. Though I've never had a problem with length. But then I haven't bought much new pistol brass. Mostly just .41 Magnum.
    Definition of clip

    1: any of various devices that grip, clasp, or hook
    2: a device to hold cartridges for charging the magazines of some rifles; also : a magazine from which ammunition is fed into the chamber of a firearm.

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