Can I mix brass from different manufacturers?

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by Jesse17, May 26, 2011.

  1. Jesse17

    Jesse17 New Member

    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.

    Am I on track here or will I run into problems?
  2. Rick1967

    Rick1967 Well-Known Member

    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.

  3. cpttango30

    cpttango30 New Member

    For my 1911 I use what ever brass my grubby little fat fingers can get a hold of.

    It is different for rifles.
  4. yellowhand

    yellowhand New Member

    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.
  5. JonM

    JonM Moderator

    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.
  6. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

    I have enough trouble sorting by CALIBER!!!
  7. Jesse17

    Jesse17 New Member

    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.
  8. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

    For range ammo it doesn't matter. My rifle loads and hunting loads for my pistols gets sorted.
  9. opaww

    opaww New Member

    I only sort for my .308 match grade ammo, and even then I try and use new brass but for just general shooting at the range I use what I got.
  10. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

    You can try this...Load it all up, but sort the ammo by headstamp. Box it up by case maker the fiinshed products are uniform.
  11. culdee

    culdee New Member

    case gauge

    One time I was having problems with my 45 ACP not chambering all the way. It was driving me nuts trying to figure out why. So for lack of a gauge I disassembled the pistol and used the chamber in the barrel. It finally turned out to be a crimp problem but this simple solution helped me find it.:D But to answer your question I agree with the othre guys mix it up as long as case lengths are the same.
  12. adrians

    adrians New Member

    for plinking it don't matter to me ,but it can make a differance in target shooting.
    fed brass is thicker than most so the same charge in fed brass will fill case a little more than say win brass thus increasing pressure a tad .:D
  13. mmszbi

    mmszbi New Member

    For competition I only use Fed or Winchester brass, for all other whatever I have, except the new Speer with the small primer.
    I do not sort the brass as to how many times it has been fired, I don't load anywhere near max so I don't worry about it.
    All brass gets a good inspection after tumbling.