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Old April 9, 2012, 04:12 PM   #1
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Reloading nickle plated brass

I have some nickle plated brass for a 270 wsm. It seems to be a little sticky running it through the RCBS full length sizer die. I was wondering if anyone has the same problem. Or if I should even be reloading that kind of brass. Any tips?
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Old April 9, 2012, 04:15 PM   #2
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The nickle plate won't cause any binding... It has to be something else causing it.
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Old April 9, 2012, 04:30 PM   #3
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The nickel I have sized goes in easier than un-plated.
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Old April 9, 2012, 05:13 PM   #4
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Nothing wrong with nickle brass , Have you cleaned your die lately ?
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Old April 9, 2012, 05:29 PM   #5
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Never reloaded nickel plated rifle rounds but my experience with nickel pistol cases matches Inspector3711 and mrawesome22. Nickel goes through my dies easier than brass.
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Old April 9, 2012, 05:37 PM   #6
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Did you lube the cases before sizing them?
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Old April 9, 2012, 05:37 PM   #7
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Disregard. Read that as sticking in gun not die.

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Old April 9, 2012, 05:59 PM   #8
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Yes I lubed them. Ole sap is probably right I need to clean it. What do I clean the dies with?
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Old April 9, 2012, 06:22 PM   #9
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I use brake cleaner or mineral spirits. I pull them apart and use the small (nipple) brush from a baby bottle cleaning set. Scrub them out good and spray to rinse.
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Old April 9, 2012, 06:43 PM   #10
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"nickle plated brass... seems to be a little sticky running it through ...full length sizer die."

The coefficent of surface friction for nickle is higher than that of brass so it puts a greater demand on the case lube.
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Old April 10, 2012, 02:20 AM   #11
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I have never reloaded it myself but did extensive searches through this & other forums & the internet & most people say NOT to put it through your dies!
It can supposedly cause damage to your equipment.
This is a varied opinion but is it worth the risk??
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Old April 10, 2012, 08:15 AM   #12
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wnnchester & Aushunter are correct, eventually the nickle will flake and could embed in your sizing die. I've damaged RCBS dies trying to use nickle cases in the past, I now just recycle them. William
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Old April 10, 2012, 09:42 AM   #13
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FYI-

I have found that Winchester Nickel WSM brass is harder to resize than regular brass. The nickel coating seems to be a bit more "springy" than standard brass and requires die adjustment.

Be sure to test a resized case or two in your rifle before loading a whole batch as you may need to adjust your die down (closer to the shell holder) to get the shoulder resized enough for your bolt to close.

I know this for a fact, as I have reloaded many factory .270 WSM nickel cases that would not fit my gun (had been fired originally from my gun)! A quick turn down of the die solved the problem.
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Old April 10, 2012, 09:44 AM   #14
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The nickel I have sized goes in easier than un-plated.
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Old April 10, 2012, 06:09 PM   #15
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I have around 50 Hornady .223 cases that are nickle plated. I only FL resized them once. They went in and out just like the rest of them did. I neck sized them after that. So far I have fired them 15 times with no splits. I am gonna scrap them due to the primer pockets getting looser. I hate to toss brass, though after a primer blow out two weeks ago I will error on the side of caution now. The shipping on the replacement firing pin, and a spare cost more than the darn parts did.
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Old April 10, 2012, 08:51 PM   #16
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I agree with the above when they said nickel is way easier to handle than normal brass. clean your dies and re-check the lengths that you have them set at
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Old April 12, 2012, 09:46 AM   #17
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Well, it only took 10 posts before someone said that nickel is harder than hardened/heat treated STEEL! Will this myth ever die? It's nickle not CHROME plating.

I actually prefer nickle coated brass, it just looks better longer. It also cleans up faster in a tumbler, and is easier to find in the grass. You should not have any trouble with nickel plated brass.
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Old April 12, 2012, 10:14 AM   #18
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Reloading nickle plated brass

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little sticky running it through the RCBS full length sizer die.
I'd try these hints:

1. strip die down. clean and check for rust seen in your die's bore.

2. make sure your de-capping rod itself isn't bent.

3. Try using a neck lubricant on your brass like Imperial Dry Neck Lube.

Those are my suggestions. SSMcG
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Old April 12, 2012, 06:37 PM   #19
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Old April 12, 2012, 07:24 PM   #20
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Just to make a spelling point, it's 'nickel'.
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