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Old April 15, 2005, 02:53 PM   #22
G56
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Nickel plated brass is weaker than standard brass, it splits more easily than regular brass, it is weakened by the plating process which includes acid etching to get the nickel to stick to the brass. Nickel plated brass tends to have a short life when reloaded, it's strong enough for the original loading but tends to be brittle.

The primary reason Brass is nickel plated is for use in leather belt loops, brass cartridges tend to accumulate a lot of verdigris (green stuff) when in contact with leather, the nickel plate eliminates that problem.
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