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keas3 11-16-2012 09:05 PM

Old .38 brass for reloading
Just found some .38 special brass from WWII and was wondering if it's safe for me to reload?

207driver 11-16-2012 10:38 PM

If it's brass (use a magnet), not corroded, or split, uses boxer primers (one flash hole), I can't think of why not.

hiwall 11-17-2012 02:11 AM

should work just fine. the only problem with old brass is sometimes it is too hard and needs to be tempered.

robocop10mm 11-17-2012 12:30 PM

Brass gets hardened by "working". Repeated sizing and firing will eventually harden the mouth area to the point it splits. .38 Spl will do this gernerally after about 6-10 loadings. If the brass was once fired sometime after WWII, it is still once fired and fine. Anealing to remove the work hardening is a PITA for somthing like .38 Spl. Shoot it till it splits and recycle it.

hiwall 11-17-2012 10:56 PM

Brass does harden with age. But I don't know if 50 years is enough. I shoot many old guns, some that factory ammo has been discontinued for 80 years or so. I could easily see that ammo being brittle. But 38 spl brass is easy to come by so I would not bother to anneal it either.

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