The Firing Line Forums

Go Back   The Firing Line Forums > The Skunkworks > Handloading, Reloading, and Bullet Casting

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old August 14, 2000, 02:00 PM   #1
Don Gwinn
Staff Emeritus
 
Join Date: March 9, 2000
Location: Virden, IL
Posts: 5,917
I'm getting closer to actually loading some ammo. Scrounged a lot of brass this weekend. Among the .45 casings are two or three Federals which are in good condition but have a silvery appearance rather than brass. I checked and they're not magnetic, so they can't be steel--but what are they? Nickel alloy, maybe? More importantly, are they safe to reload or should I chuck 'em out? Thanks.
Don Gwinn is offline  
Old August 14, 2000, 02:12 PM   #2
Matt VDW
Senior Member
 
Join Date: July 27, 1999
Posts: 1,315
Those are nickel-plated brass cases from Federal Hydra-Shok rounds. They can be reloaded just like any other brass case.
Matt VDW is offline  
Old August 14, 2000, 02:14 PM   #3
tstr
Senior Member
 
Join Date: April 15, 2000
Location: Oregon
Posts: 233
Those are brass casings with a nickel plating on them. The nickel plating makes them slicker and more immune to corrosion.

Yes, they are safe to reload. They wear out a little faster than regular brass rounds though.

tstr
tstr is offline  
Old August 14, 2000, 03:12 PM   #4
Monkeyleg
Senior Member
 
Join Date: January 25, 2000
Posts: 4,625
I have some nickle cases from HydraShocks, but don't reload them because I heard they would scratch the dies. Old wives tale?

Dick
Want to send a message to Bush? Sign the petition at http://www.petitiononline.com/monk/petition.html and forward the link to every gun owner you know.
Monkeyleg is offline  
Old August 14, 2000, 04:33 PM   #5
Bottom Gun
Senior Member
 
Join Date: October 13, 1998
Location: Elgin, Arizona
Posts: 871
Nickel cases won't hurt your dies. You should clean all brass before sizing though to get rid of the grit and soot, which WILL scratch and prematurely wear your dies over time.
Bottom Gun is offline  
Old August 14, 2000, 05:03 PM   #6
Art Eatman
Staff Lead
 
Join Date: November 13, 1998
Location: Terlingua, TX, USA
Posts: 22,423
Bottom Gun is correct; better wear characteristics is one of the reason for carbide dies.

FWIW, I've shot reloads where the case had a split which I hadn't noticed during the pre-reloading inspection. As long as it will hold the bullet in place, go on and shoot it and then throw the split case away...

Regards, Art
Art Eatman is offline  
Old August 15, 2000, 09:32 PM   #7
Clark
Senior Member
 
Join Date: December 4, 1999
Location: WA, the ever blue state
Posts: 2,897


When I developed 460 Rowland loads [38,000 cup] I sorted through my used brass for Federal.

The used 45 Federal brass worked just fine. The recoil, however, gave me a flinch. Don't try this at home.
Clark is offline  
Old August 16, 2000, 09:37 PM   #8
Jay Baker
Senior Member
 
Join Date: March 26, 2000
Location: S.W. Idaho
Posts: 1,294
I'm with Art. I haven't the faintest idea how many .45ACP rounds I've loaded and shot over these many years, but have inadvertently loaded a few split cases and fired them. No trouble.

Many years ago it became too much of a chore to bother to separate the .45 cases, so I just load 'em and shoot 'em until they split, then toss them.

FWIW. J.B.
Jay Baker is offline  
Old August 17, 2000, 06:32 PM   #9
Don Gwinn
Staff Emeritus
 
Join Date: March 9, 2000
Location: Virden, IL
Posts: 5,917
That's cool. I'm not worried about velocity right now, only accuracy and cheapness.
Don Gwinn is offline  
Old August 17, 2000, 08:09 PM   #10
pack_rat
Senior Member
 
Join Date: March 13, 2000
Location: AL50
Posts: 148
Don,
If you found those at Bois D'Arc you are one lucky rascal. I took four double-hand scoops from that brass bin and .38 Specials were the only nickled cases after sorting.
Go by the book.
pack_rat is offline  
Old August 19, 2000, 10:33 PM   #11
ArmySon
Staff Alumnus
 
Join Date: April 14, 2000
Posts: 2,926
pack_rat,
Did I mention to you that I ended up with over 400 .45 ACP brass from the range?

Don,
Nickel casings will wear out faster then brass but still reloadable a hell of long time. The casings you picked up were from somebody shooting hydroshoks.
ArmySon is offline  
Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:05 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
This site and contents, including all posts, Copyright © 1998-2014 S.W.A.T. Magazine
Copyright Complaints: Please direct DMCA Takedown Notices to the registered agent: thefiringline.com
Contact Us
Page generated in 0.07869 seconds with 9 queries