Old .38 brass for reloading


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Old 11-16-2012, 09:05 PM   #1
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Default Old .38 brass for reloading

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



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Old 11-16-2012, 10:38 PM   #2
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If it's brass (use a magnet), not corroded, or split, uses boxer primers (one flash hole), I can't think of why not.



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

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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.

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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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