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Old January 25, 2013, 07:39 PM   #1
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Good or bad brass, is it reload able?

I pick up range brass and sort for future loading until my dies arrive, but I'm unsure how damaged is too damaged... Would you reload these? I arranged the brass from most damaged to least.

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.223 / 5.56

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Old January 25, 2013, 07:40 PM   #2
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And one more...

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Old January 25, 2013, 07:49 PM   #3
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I probably wouldn't throw any of those away out-of-hand. When your dies arrive, see how the cases look after you've sized them.
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Old January 25, 2013, 07:53 PM   #4
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The die should work out the necks on the 223.And the next time you fire the 45 it should blow out the dents.Just make sure the dents don't really show through from the inside of the case.( not cracking through ) I think you will be ok.
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Old January 25, 2013, 08:05 PM   #5
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They all look good to me except *maybe* the first .223. I would round that one back out a little with a tapered punch before I resized it.
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Old January 25, 2013, 08:19 PM   #6
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Awesome thanks guys! I thought I was pushing it but good deal!!
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Old January 25, 2013, 08:25 PM   #7
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For the 223 deformed necks, I run a center punch down to open them up (same idea as the taper punch). I consider minor dents (all you have in pictures) as just fine, major dents as more questionable. But I would load all of those and never give it a thought.
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Old January 25, 2013, 08:26 PM   #8
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I didn't see any cracks in the .45. You could probably tell if there are any or not. No cracks, then they probably will be fine. Just look at them again before loading them a second time. I have had several with similar dents. I got a fewer reloads with them compared to the ones without dents. .45 cases seem to last forever normally. They are a low pressure load and this is probably one of the reasons they are hard to wear out. As to rifle ammo, it is better to get information on those from someone else.
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Old January 25, 2013, 09:09 PM   #9
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From your photos they look fine.

Lots of semi auto pistol and rifle brass gets dings in the side or case mouth from hitting the rifle on ejection and or the ground. If all else is fine those will iron out when sizing, and small dents in body will push out when fired.
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Old January 25, 2013, 11:09 PM   #10
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All look fine to me, except the .223 that looks like a baseball diamond. That one would get tossed for me. My rule is, that if it has a corner, I won't touch it. That's enough of a corner to leave it alone.
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Old January 26, 2013, 12:28 AM   #11
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Load em and shoot em
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Old January 26, 2013, 08:54 AM   #12
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From the photos, I'd load them all and shoot them. They should resize and straighten out just fine. Enjoy.
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Old January 26, 2013, 08:58 AM   #13
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nothin wrong with any of them... id run em.
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Old January 26, 2013, 09:04 AM   #14
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Overall they look fine. I would give the left most of each some hand work. The 223 would get opened up with a punch as others have noted. The 45 would be sized and carefully inspected to see if that nick on the rim results in a high spot or sharp edge which would merit trimming if possible and chamfering-deburring.
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Old January 26, 2013, 09:51 AM   #15
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Would you reload these? I arranged the brass from most damaged to least.
Unless I'm missing something, yes. Going through resizng then belling should iron out the case mouth issues. The ding on the side of the middle .45 case is negligible.

The rightmost rifle case may not survive being reshaped by the dies. Try it and see.
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