Is there a certain amount of loss in once fired cases

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by CAR, Oct 26, 2010.

  1. CAR

    CAR New Member Supporter

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    Hello everyone thank you for the warm welcome.

    I am just getting ready to reload, I am gathering up to do so.
    I recently ordered 1000 S&W 40 nickel cases, They came with alot of scratches and dents. I had them replace 100 cases,But there are still alot with dents
    Is this normal with once fired brass.
     
  2. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    Because the base metal is brass, SMALLER dings get ironed out during the sizing process.
     

  3. Catfish

    Catfish New Member

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    Don`t worry about small dents, when you fire the loaded round they will go away. Also flair the case mouth only enough to seat the bullet. I don`t buy nickel cases as I can load the regular brass cases several more time. You can just keep loading them untill the mouth splits.
     
  4. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    It takes some pretty serious dents for me to reject a case. Those that are not ironed out in the resizing process will certainly disappear when fired.
     
  5. CAR

    CAR New Member Supporter

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    Thanks for the help.

    I did know that the smaller dents would iron them selfs out with shooting.
    I have been reading and watching videos for over 2 months now,The sinclair videos here are really nice. They explain not only the how but the why too.
    I guess i was more worried about the dents at the top of the case, I want to make sure they get a good seal and wont mess up my new carbide dies. Some of these cases were almost pinched closed, I just chucked this out.



    Again thanks for your help. Steve
     
  6. cpttango30

    cpttango30 New Member

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    Deformed case mouths are a natural thing with brass. When you size and bell them they get all ironed out. Don't worry till something starts to crack.
     
  7. TheOldMan

    TheOldMan New Member

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    Like everyone's already mentioned, resizing should take care of your issues with dents. I would also like to mention to keep a closer eye on the cases while you reload them. Over time the nickle plated cases will fatigue and split a lot sooner than the plain brass cases.