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5 years 11 weeks ago, 2:40 AM

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Case life

On average, assuming I load within normal pressures, how many times should a straight-wall casing like 9mm and .40 be able to be reloaded? Same question for the 223 rem.

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5 years 11 weeks ago, 4:12 AM

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case life on brass

The 9mm and 40's you should get 12 to 15 reloads. Your primer pocket will get to big usaully before the brass gets to thin or spits. The .223 brass should last for about 10 times. Just watch the neck and shoulders for spits.

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5 years 11 weeks ago, 9:55 AM

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case life

i concur with F350 on this,i have .270 Winchester brass that i have loaded 7 times now but i think this will be the last run since the primer pockets are at the limits

5 years 11 weeks ago, 10:02 AM

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I've loaded .45's as much a 10 times before getting rid of the brass, .243 brass around 7 times with 40 grains of IMR 4350.

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5 years 11 weeks ago, 11:29 AM

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brass

How do you keep track of how many times your brass has been fired? I know it sounds like an academic question, but after we sort our brass, tumble it, etc there are about 800-1000 rounds of pistol or .223. We can not keep track of which is which. We look at the pocket and the necks. If one is bad, we recycle it. For our hunting rifles, we hand load each one, so this is different as we date the reload on the box and replace the spent case to where it was in the box. Of course if we are hunting, the brass falls where it falls. If we can find it after we extract the animal, we get it, otherwise, mother nature gets her elements back.

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5 years 11 weeks ago, 11:35 AM

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keeping track of brass

i load for rifle cartridges and load 20 at a time so it is easier to keep track since they are in their own boxes with a label on them

5 years 11 weeks ago, 11:04 PM

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All of my brass is once-fired, so I'll load three different lots and rotate them as I shoot. I'll use babywipe and diaper boxes to keep each lot separated.

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