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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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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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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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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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I inspect whatever brass I'm loading, and for the most part load target ammo.

I'll scavenge brass off the ground, and if there's no visible damage or corrosion I'll clean it up and shoot it until until it splits.

Want to get ahead of the game for impending component shortages? All new brass isn't necessary -- just scavenge, clean and store. If you do feel a need to stockpile new brass, hold that in reserve for self-defense or hunting rounds.

And even saying that,I cannot remember an ammo drought in which getting ahold of cases was a problem.
 
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Having been an NRA and NCCCH Instructor for many years and having my own private range has left me with more handgun caliber brass than I will ever use. My short period of being a RSO at a public range also left me with buckets of rifle brass in popular calibers. I have swapped a lot of it for some harder to get rifle calibers but still have more than enough to last me.
 

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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)
really depends , but generally I find that I can buy the less expensive loaded ammo as cheap or cheaper than new brass many times.
I got lucky and bought about 1500 38 super once fired nickle cases from a guy at a steal, but still bought another say 500 rounds of Armscor 38 super ammo as well.
got a good bit of brass. hardly ever find 38 Super brass laying.
the 300 Blackout is kind of popular her so I have about 400-500 rounds of once fired for it that I found laying in the floor begging me to pick it up and take it home.
I save nickled brass once fired for all my self defense loadings myself.
380 brass here is about as plentiful as 9 MM since the ladies have gotten into the game.
MY range has ladies shoot free Wednesday and you can get plenty of 380 brass if you go on a Wednesday.
 
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I've been a member of our shooting club since 2012. I regularly pick up once fired range brass in 9mm, 45, 40, 357 and 223. I have a 5 gallon bucket of each caliber now so enough brass to last a while. I feel I can weather any brass shortages in the future.
 

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Brass there is abundance of I don't worry about. Kept a private range at home for years. Gave away brass for years, still have enough to last as long as I will shoot. I do buy new brass for some things. Usually Starline to form wildcats, obsolete or unusual cases. Sometimes I buy new brass for a custom or new gun. Habit from years of loading very hot max plus loads, days of hot extreme loads has passed. Having new brass for a new gun is still nice. That said for some loads in some guns I'm shooting loads in brass that is older than most of the people on the forum. Some brass can last years if taken care of. With some brass, loads and guns, especially extremely hot loads or over size chambers as few as one or two loads is it. There are too many variables involved to have a hard set rule as to number of loads per case. To me it is a personal thing based on what and how a person loads and shoots.
 

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^^ Starline brass is tops! That's the new 44 Magnum brass I bought and the difference between factory once fired and Starline is remarkable!
 

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In general, I usually run my brass about 12 cycles. It probably could run more, but I can always get more or have more, so I don't bother with it after that.
At Pistol Matches, I don't always get it all back, so there has been some loss anyways.

The only once fired Brass I've actually had to buy has been .357 Magnum and 7x57mm Mauser.
I've been able to get most once fired brass from my Pistol Club and I've stocked up on a lot of it over the years, when I was a CRO. So much so, I don't really have to go looking for it.
 

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The only brass I bought new was .41 Magnum and .45 Auto Rim. In handgun cartridges I load'em until they split. I have .38 brass from the 80's that I still load. You can't even read the headstamps anymore on some of them.... they've been peened flat from recoil. Revolver brass seems to last forever when loaded with no more than mid-range loads. I'm still losing less than 1%.

I ran into a guy on gunbroker that was an instructor that sold truly once-fired all Winchester .38 brass at a reasonable price so I bought 1,000. Still haven't broken into them. I just can't seem to toss all that 80's brass.
 

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The only brass I bought new was .41 Magnum and .45 Auto Rim. In handgun cartridges I load'em until they split. I have .38 brass from the 80's that I still load. You can't even read the headstamps anymore on some of them.... they've been peened flat from recoil. Revolver brass seems to last forever when loaded with no more than mid-range loads. I'm still losing less than 1%.

I ran into a guy on gunbroker that was an instructor that sold truly once-fired all Winchester .38 brass at a reasonable price so I bought 1,000. Still haven't broken into them. I just can't seem to toss all that 80's brass.
I still have military surplus brass in 38 spl and 45 acp dated back to 1950's. I don't load the 45 anymore but I could. The 38 spl is loaded with my favorite range load of Bullseye and 158 gn lead RN or SWC. I did anneal it several years back and have been using it since. I have so much 38 spl brass that it rarely gets more than 1 cycle a year if that so I may retire it and keep it.
 
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Kind of personal, don't you think? My old bras (we call it a bro or manzierre) are holding up just fine!

Huh? What? What's that? Oh, you said BRASS, not BRAS. Oh, sorry. Nevermind!
 
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