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Old 09-05-2008, 11:38   #121
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I think you should remove Speer from the not as good section!
Several of the "not as good" are just fine reloading brass
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Old 09-23-2008, 01:40   #122
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Brass varies batch to batch. Lots if you will. I have had Remington, Winchester and Starline that failed at a 60% rate on it's first firing. in 40S&W and 10MM those failures were body splits and severe smilies even with very mild loads. A different batch all worked ffine even with max loads and have gone 20 firings. i don't retire pistol brass until it gets a case mouth crack. 357 and 44 magnum brass doesn't last near as long.
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Old 09-30-2008, 15:04   #123
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PPU brass in 45 is garbage it stalls up my machine every time as does FC marked brass. I would stay away from these just as you would Amerc brass.

PPU may be okay in other cal's but not in 45 ... it jammed my machine every single time!
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Old 09-30-2008, 15:26   #124
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PPU brass in 45 is garbage it stalls up my machine every time as does FC marked brass. I would stay away from these just as you would Amerc brass.

PPU may be okay in other cal's but not in 45 ... it jammed my machine every single time!
FC is Federal Cartridge: I've had no problems with Federal brass in .45 ACP/GAP.
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Old 11-01-2008, 00:20   #125
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The Monarch brand stuff you can get at Academy Sports has the PPU headstamp, does that mean it is Prvi Partizan with another name on it?
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Old 11-23-2008, 09:16   #126
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I'm having trouble reloading my .32-.380 brass...







I think I see your problem . . .

Reloading

You've done the conversion backward; 'sposed to neck down the .380 to .32, not the other way around.

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Old 11-23-2008, 10:34   #127
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Might be easier to reload if the bullet was big enough to hold without using tweezers....

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Old 11-23-2008, 13:22   #128
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I'm having trouble reloading my .32-.380 brass...








Here's the correct ammo for your .32-380:

Reloading

I had a "Homer Simpson" moment after reading your post, and came up with this .32-380 Auto Wildcat Cartridge.

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Old 11-23-2008, 19:31   #129
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Now THAT is great followup!!
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Old 11-23-2008, 23:08   #130
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Here's the correct ammo for your .32-380:

Reloading

I had a "Homer Simpson" moment after reading your post, and came up with this .32-380 Auto Wildcat Cartridge.

You are wrong in so many ways!!!
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Old 11-23-2008, 23:10   #131
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Old 12-04-2008, 00:45   #132
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I got received a couple handfulls of NNY, NPA and CBC brass mixed in a lot of 2500 9mm casings I recently bought. I tried to reload them for "lost brass matches" and I gave up and tossed them. The primers were really tight and some of them would not go in. I am loading with a Dillon SQB with Remington primers.
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Old 12-04-2008, 05:16   #133
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I got received a couple handfulls of NNY, NPA and CBC brass mixed in a lot of 2500 9mm casings I recently bought. I tried to reload them for "lost brass matches" and I gave up and tossed them. The primers were really tight and some of them would not go in. I am loading with a Dillon SQB with Remington primers.

The Hansen (nny) brass in 9mm (late 1980s manufacture) has a small flash hole that has pulled the decapping pin out of my RCBS Rock Chucker press more than once. While the quality of the brass appears to be good otherwise, I don't reload this brand any more.

I have one other case in 9mm headstamped "RA 68" that had a small flash hole and stole my deprimer out of the press; don't have a large quantity of this stuff to tell whether this one was a fluke or not. It appears to have a military crimp on the primer pocket as well.

Never had a problem with Magtech (CBC) brass; in fact, I gave all I had in .45 Auto to a friend when he got started reloading. This brand is common at one of the ranges I visit (when I'm not shooting at my own gun club). I've bought 5 gallon buckets of mixed brass from them in the past, so I've used a bit of CBC brass over the years without problem.

I found this web site interesting with regard to headstamp codes:

http://www.cartridgecollectors.org/headstampcodes.htm
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Old 12-04-2008, 08:57   #134
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I am also a fan of CBC brass (Magtech) which I am using in priority to the rest I have in 9mm
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I had one of the primers not want to go in the CBC brass and I had already gotten frustrated so to say with the other brands and I only had 5 or 6 CBC cases I just chucked them. In all I chucked about 15 cases total.
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Old 12-16-2008, 21:25   #136
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Winchester (Winchester, WIN, WCC?)
WCC actually stands for Western Cartridge Company, which is also found on military brass.

Winchester also can have a "W-W" headstamp, which stands for "winchester - Western" since winchester bought out western ammo.

I have some "peters" brass which I assume is old, because that is what the "P" stands for in remington's current "R-P" headstamp.
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The Hansen (nny) brass in 9mm (late 1980s manufacture) has a small flash hole that has pulled the decapping pin out of my RCBS Rock Chucker press more than once. While the quality of the brass appears to be good otherwise, I don't reload this brand any more.

I have one other case in 9mm headstamped "RA 68" that had a small flash hole and stole my deprimer out of the press; don't have a large quantity of this stuff to tell whether this one was a fluke or not. It appears to have a military crimp on the primer pocket as well.
All my Remington brass in .357 Sig pull out my decapping pin. They're marked R-P.
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Old 01-09-2009, 23:30   #138
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Lapua also seems to be excellent brass! (Limited pistol brass).
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Old 01-16-2009, 05:34   #139
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Just went though a box of .38 special brass during depriming/sizing and have a mixture of winchester, wcc and bha.

If the wcc is western cartridge and the bha is black hills, are these two considered to be in the good or bad category? I gathered the winchester was good from posts above, but didn't see anything on black hills and noticed someone pointed out wcc was western and not winchester.

Also, I've got some silver cartridges stamped R-P but they are at least 20 years old or more I'm guessing as they were my grandfathers. I shot the rounds the other day at the range and picked them up, but can't tell the material. They are lighter than the other brass. Best to avoid these and pitch in the recycle bin?
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Just went though a box of .38 special brass during depriming/sizing and have a mixture of winchester, wcc and bha.

If the wcc is western cartridge and the bha is black hills, are these two considered to be in the good or bad category? I gathered the winchester was good from posts above, but didn't see anything on black hills and noticed someone pointed out wcc was western and not winchester.

Also, I've got some silver cartridges stamped R-P but they are at least 20 years old or more I'm guessing as they were my grandfathers. I shot the rounds the other day at the range and picked them up, but can't tell the material. They are lighter than the other brass. Best to avoid these and pitch in the recycle bin?
WCC is good stuff - mil, I think. BHA is fine, too. The R-P is probably just nickle Remington-Peters brass. I don't think they had aluminum back then. Look down into the case. If there's only one charge hole you're good to go. If two, recycle it.

Remember, low pressure cartridges like .38 SPL can be reloaded until the mouths split.
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