Does case manufacture make that big of a difference in reloading?
I'm not talking about working up a tuned load for a long gun. I'm just trying to spend less and shoot more with my 1911. If I just mix all my .45 ACP brass and treat it the same, will I at least get factory ammo levels reliably/accuracy out of it?
I would like to set up a series of Folger's coffee cans for once fired, twice fired, etc. so I can just bring home my empty brass and throw it in the appropriate can. Then when I reload I can mark the ammo can/box that the loaded cartridges go to the range in, with the number of times the brass has been loaded. However, I don't want to have to keep the brands separate. I would actually just toss the loaded cartridges in an small ammo can or something instead of using the little 50 or 100 rd. boxes.
I only sort my brass for competition. I mix all my stuff for simple range time. I also use a case gauge to check my finished product. If it drops in easy I use it for comp. If it is a little snug it is range ammo.
That's waht I do anyway.
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With the progressive presses many of us use and that we run K's of round at one sitting, sorting brass by maker, nope.
I've known people that sort by maker, then sort by weight of individual cases, hand throw each charge and tinkle one flake of powder at a time to make it all perfect.
Even know one guy that weighed primers, from the same box!
Same goes for bullets.
MIGHT make a small difference, but so small is it worth all of the trouble?
Never found it makes a difference.
You may find me dead in a ditch one day, but I will be up to my waist in spent rifle brass!
all my brass is mixed. i only sort by how many times its been fired. for rifles i stay 1 grn below max at the most. so slightly different capacities on plinking rounds makes no real diff to me.
when i load for competitions, what few i do, thats a different story.
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Thanks guys. That's what I was figuring but wanted to run it by the experts.
I've done maybe 150 rds. for some of my rifles about 8 years ago, but my press has been sitting on a shelf since then waiting for me to get my loading room built. Since that still hasn't happened, I'm setting it up in the guest bedroom.
Meanwhile I'm going back and rereading my loading manuals, so I don't 'think I remember' how to do it.