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Old 04-19-2011, 15:21   #1
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Brass Segregate

How do you guys mark or keep up with first shot brass to 2<SUP>nd</SUP> or 3<SUP>rd</SUP>, if you do at all.
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Old 04-19-2011, 15:24   #2
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I check it and if its not split it gets loaded again . It all go'es in the same bucket for pistol brass, rifle brass gets a little better treatment.
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Old 04-19-2011, 15:42   #3
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It's pretty easy to segregate bottleneck brass - keep each shot lot together in a baggie or similar container with a record of the number of times it has been fired. Easy Peasy.

Straightwalled pistol - why bother?
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Old 04-19-2011, 16:26   #4
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I start with virgin brass, be it revolver or pistol. After the first loading each case is visually inspected then with a set of both calipers and micrometer all measurements are taken and recorded; case length, rim width and thickness, inside wall diameter at the case mouth and at the web.

After that has been completed each case is inscribed with an electric pencil on the case head indicating the number of times it has been loaded; 1, 11, 111, 1111, etc. Once marked all like cases are stored in airtight containers according to headstamp and number of loadings.

I find this system to be very effective and in no way an intrusion on my everyday life since I'm usually watching HBO while the grandkids are doing all the work.

Before they were born I scrounged brass where ever it could be found and loaded it until it split, (then twice more), or I lost it.

You'll have to decide what system will work best for you.


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Old 04-19-2011, 18:08   #5
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I do it the same way the guys who sell it do. If it as a piece of lead in it its virgin brass. If it is empty its once fired brass.
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Old 04-19-2011, 20:02   #6
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With pistol brass I have always read shoot till it splits or gets lost. So far what I have done.
Rifle brass it where it gets fuzzy for me. So far I have yet to reload for rifle. Really have no idea how many times is ok. I have read very mmixed things. Some say only a few times other I have read till it splits. It seems that since its a much higher presur thing you might want to be more cautious.

To go along with that I also reload mixed head stamps with pistol. Not sure if its ok with rifle aswell. Things like LC cases and PMC cases. Seems the LC would generate higher presur
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I start with virgin brass, be it revolver or pistol. After the first loading each case is visually inspected then with a set of both calipers and micrometer all measurements are taken and recorded; case length, rim width and thickness, inside wall diameter at the case mouth and at the web.

After that has been completed each case is inscribed with an electric pencil on the case head indicating the number of times it has been loaded; 1, 11, 111, 1111, etc. Once marked all like cases are stored in airtight containers according to headstamp and number of loadings.

I find this system to be very effective and in no way an intrusion on my everyday life since I'm usually watching HBO while the grandkids are doing all the work.

Before they were born I scrounged brass where ever it could be found and loaded it until it split, (then twice more), or I lost it.

You'll have to decide what system will work best for you.


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Old 04-21-2011, 13:31   #9
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That's pretty good, Jack. I use a pipe cutter to make a ring around the case each time I load it. Then you just count the rings...
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Old 04-22-2011, 05:38   #10
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Well..... I guess that answered my question.
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Old 04-22-2011, 06:37   #11
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I start with virgin brass, be it revolver or pistol. After the first loading each case is visually inspected then with a set of both calipers and micrometer all measurements are taken and recorded; case length, rim width and thickness, inside wall diameter at the case mouth and at the web.

After that has been completed each case is inscribed with an electric pencil on the case head indicating the number of times it has been loaded; 1, 11, 111, 1111, etc. Once marked all like cases are stored in airtight containers according to headstamp and number of loadings.

I find this system to be very effective and in no way an intrusion on my everyday life since I'm usually watching HBO while the grandkids are doing all the work.

Before they were born I scrounged brass where ever it could be found and loaded it until it split, (then twice more), or I lost it.

You'll have to decide what system will work best for you.


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Call me a spendthrift, but I think 1100 times is just too many...
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Old 04-22-2011, 11:55   #13
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...Straightwalled pistol - why bother?
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Old 04-22-2011, 15:37   #14
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Depends what loads I shoot. If I'm shooting loads that are near max in 40 cal I mark it with a sharpie, different color for different firing. After 5x I throw them in the recycling bin. I use the same for 30-06 brass as well.
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Old 04-25-2011, 00:14   #15
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Not worth the time with pistol brass. You should be looking at each piece of brass you put into your press anyway. That's when you decide to use it or not. Not how many times it's been fired. Tracking standard velocity straight wall cases may make you feel better but be warned I've seen even once fired pistol brass fail and on the flip side I know I have 9mm and .45 brass I've fired at least 5 or 6 times. Now if you are talking about rifle brass then that's a subject for a whole nuther thread.
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Old 04-25-2011, 00:49   #16
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Not worth the time with pistol brass. You should be looking at each piece of brass you put into your press anyway. That's when you decide to use it or not. Not how many times it's been fired. Tracking standard velocity straight wall cases may make you feel better but be warned I've seen even once fired pistol brass fail and on the flip side I know I have 9mm and .45 brass I've fired at least 5 or 6 times. Now if you are talking about rifle brass then that's a subject for a whole nuther thread.
I feel the same way. I tumble my brass, visually inspect each piece, check the suspect pieces with dial calipers, and what I don't want in my press or pistol goes in the garbage. I don't mark or seperate brass after each use.
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I feel the same way. I tumble my brass, visually inspect each piece, check the suspect pieces with dial calipers, and what I don't want in my press or pistol goes in the garbage. I don't mark or seperate brass after each use.
That’s pretty much what I do now, just seeing how some others do.
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