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Old July 13, 2010, 03:02 PM   #1
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Remanufactured ammunition

I bought a box of Bullseye remanufactured ammo (.38 special). Most of the casings are aluminum. At least I think so (they're non-ferous). Are they safe to shoot? On another thread I was told it's not safe to reload aluminum.

Also on a side note, I paid an arm and a leg for it. Like seven dollars more than I paid for a box of brand new winchester white box at my local gun store. I think the good ole boys at the other gun shop I visited probably had a chuckle at my expense after I left. I'll probably not go back there.
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Old July 13, 2010, 03:40 PM   #2
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Aluminum? You're not suppose to reload those. Anyway, I wouldn't shoot them.
Live and learn I guess. BTW, brass is non-ferrous too.
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Old July 13, 2010, 03:59 PM   #3
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I would probably recommend you take them back / get credit for it in store if nothing else.

There is no way to know who reloaded those cases / or what they reloaded them with ...and its a pretty sure bet there won't be any insurance if you blow up a gun or get hurt ...

If you want to shoot reloads ( and I do ) - I'd suggest you look into getting your own equipment. Its really easy to do / and safe to do ...but then you know exactly what went into the load...

No-one that I know reloads steel cases ( like Wolf ) ---but the cases you have might be Nickel too ...Nickel is also non-ferrous ( or it may be brass - coated with Nickel ) ...or aluminum ...
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Old July 13, 2010, 04:42 PM   #4
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Can you post a few pictures?


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Old July 13, 2010, 04:44 PM   #5
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The one time I bought factory reloads at a range, I had a squib load that lodged the bullet halfway out of the cylinder and into the barrel.

Never again, especially now that I reload my own anyway.
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Old July 13, 2010, 06:10 PM   #6
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Here we go. I put a brass next to a silver one to show contrast.
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Old July 13, 2010, 06:36 PM   #7
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nickel maybe?

That looks like a nickel plated case in the picture to me.
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Old July 13, 2010, 06:41 PM   #8
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I don't know of any place that will let you return ammunition, much less reloaded ammunition.

What is the head stamp?
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Old July 13, 2010, 07:02 PM   #9
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those are definitely nickel plated brass cases.
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Old July 13, 2010, 07:24 PM   #10
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What is the head stamp?
It's a mixed bag. Winchester, R-P?, W W?, Speer, Federal, F C?, Star?
One thing that bothers me, some say +P and some say +P+. Which may not mean anything since they are reloads.

There is a disclaimer on the side of the box:
We warrant the excercise of reasonable care in the manufacture of these cartridges, but make no other warranty, expressed or implied."

Translation: "We have some QC in place to make these, but if your gun blows up, it's not our problem"

Taking them back is not really an option. I actually shot about 15 of them anyway with no ill effect. But I'm wondering if I should just cut my losses at this point and play it safe. I hate to wreck a brand new S&W due to faulty ammo. Especially since I can get brand new for less money. There's a few scattered references to this ammo on the net, nothing really solid either good or bad.
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Old July 13, 2010, 10:06 PM   #11
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Shoot that mess

Those are nickel cases, the heaadstamp does not matter, it is reloaded to 38 specs, I am sure. I reload and I never use +P cases, or load any "heavy" 38 loads, that is what 357 Magnum is for, IMO.
Shoot that mess, get online and find some 38 at a good price, split 500 with a buddy, save your brass. This outfit swaps brass, good prices.
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Old July 13, 2010, 10:30 PM   #12
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Looks like decent stuff to me.
http://www.nsksales.com/
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Old July 14, 2010, 11:57 AM   #13
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Since you've already fired some ...they're probably fine.

At the same time - if it worries you enough to put this post together - I'd say quit shooting them ( pull the bullets / dump the powder in your garden) and then you can fire the primers in your gun and dispose of everything.
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Old July 14, 2010, 03:01 PM   #14
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They have been around for awhile and I wouldn't worry about their quality unless you get a few misfires or anything out of a standard bang. Are you getting satisfactory results form the ones you shot? If so keep on trucking.
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Old July 14, 2010, 03:22 PM   #15
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Shoot em clean em and buy some hardware and reload em
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Old July 14, 2010, 08:27 PM   #16
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Okay, sounds good. Based on this thread and other information, it sounds like they'll be fine to shoot. Thanks for all your input.
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