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ktmboyz 05-16-2011 02:24 AM

Nickel plated cases
Anyone have good or bad experience reloading nickel plated cases good or bad ??

gschnarr 05-16-2011 02:36 AM

With 380, 9mm and 45acp, I have had no problems with the nickel cases. They work just like the brass.

Txhillbilly 05-16-2011 04:45 AM

I load 40S&W and 45acp all the time.

opaww 05-16-2011 09:23 AM

I have had no problems with nickel plated cases reloading them

hiwall 05-16-2011 01:33 PM

Most reloading die companies recommend carbide dies for nickel cases.

TheOldMan 05-16-2011 02:50 PM

Only thing I've heard is they may not last as long as the straight brass cases i.e. they tend to crack faster..

And the fella above is correct on the carbide dies ..

noylj 05-17-2011 09:48 AM

Most die manufacturers recommend not using nickle cases.
In my experience, they crack sooner then brass cases and the nickel starts to flake off after about 5 loadings and will embed in the carbide and put racing stripes on your cases.
Their sole purpose in life was to be placed in cartridge loops on a gun belt to prevent the brass case and tanning compounds from discoloring the leather and etching the case.
Beyond that, some people just like "shiny."

robocop10mm 05-17-2011 01:35 PM

I have used nickel plated cases for 30+ years. No problems other than a somewhat reduced life. They are harder and thus a bit more brittle than brass (theoretically). WTS, I have a bunch of nickel plated .38 Special cases that have been loaded countless times. The nickel has worn thin and the underlying brass is showing through, but no cracks. In .38 Special there seems to be no real coorelation between case life and plating. As many non plated cases develop cracks as do the plated ones.

Poof38 05-23-2011 08:01 AM

I would rather have brass than nickel. Yes, I do have some nickel rounds in .38 that the nickel has worn through and they are still great. More often they split and I've had two head separations which can be a royal pain in a gun trying to get it out. I make reduced loads, so it is not a pressure thing. Rifle and pistol chambers can vary and that along with belling the mouths will give me splits more often with nickel.

spittinfire 05-23-2011 10:52 AM

I prefer brass for plinking loads and hang on to the nickel for my hunting loads to help with greater climate change and being in the weather. As to reloading them I have seen no difference other then brass seems to slide in and out of the dies a bit easier but brass tends to have some natural lubricity to it.

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