Old .38 brass for reloading

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by keas3, Nov 16, 2012.

  1. keas3

    keas3 New Member

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    Just found some .38 special brass from WWII and was wondering if it's safe for me to reload?
     
  2. 207driver

    207driver New Member

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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.
     

  3. hiwall

    hiwall Well-Known Member

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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.
     
  4. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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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.
     
  5. hiwall

    hiwall Well-Known Member

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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.