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Old June 15, 2013, 01:35 PM   #1
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45 auto brass

On average how many loads do you get out of 45 auto brass
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Old June 15, 2013, 02:30 PM   #2
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I don't bother counting the loads on cases but I had some Federal nickel 45 acp cases that I'm sure had over 30 loads on them. I also have some Starline and plain Federal cases that must be getting close to that. I had some Winchester cases that I wore the caliber and name off of them and they still worked fine also. you will probably lose more cases before you wear them out.
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Old June 15, 2013, 02:32 PM   #3
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Use 'em til you lose 'em. I do inspect them but very seldom have them wear out.
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Old June 15, 2013, 02:48 PM   #4
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I worry more about not loosing them instead of wearing them out too. The answer is a lot. The few I have had problems with I believe were Remington. You could still see part of the name on the head stamp. It may take a few more years to see if I can wear out another brand.
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Old June 15, 2013, 06:13 PM   #5
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The 45ACP is a low pressure round and the brass will last a long long time. The only caliber that I think will last longer is 38spl and that’s because it’s harder to lose revolver brass.
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Old June 15, 2013, 07:14 PM   #6
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I have some 38 Super Starline that I used to work up loads and some have been reloaded 26 times. Much higher pressure round than 45 ACP.
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Old June 15, 2013, 07:53 PM   #7
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I've loaded some until the headstamp was nearly worn off. Many, many, many reloads to a single case.
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Old June 15, 2013, 08:10 PM   #8
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I still have some military brass that I have been reloading since the late seventies.
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Old June 16, 2013, 10:57 AM   #9
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I can honestly say that I've never worn out, or cracked a .45 ACP piece of brass....like the other responders here have said, I lose 'em first. Some of my brass, I'd estimate, has been loaded 25 time. However, if I want first rate accuracy, I do have some brass, kept separate and loaded an identical number of times, that I use for accuracy loads. HTH's Rod
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Old June 16, 2013, 12:23 PM   #10
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I don't keep track of how many times....but I shoot at indoor ranges, concrete floors ...where brass bounces all over ...and I sweep up whatever is in my area ( out of my guns / other guns )....and I can't say I've ever worn a case out.

I clean them ...and if I can't read the headstamp, they've been used so much, I toss them out.

But like others said, its a thick case ...low pressure round especially in 230gr ...and I'm not sure you can wear one out ! But I'd say 30+ at least....
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Old June 16, 2013, 12:44 PM   #11
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I have had exactly 8 cases that split at the case mouth in the past 4 years. I quit counting how many times that they have been reloaded. I always come home with more brass than I left the house with.


The ones that wear out will split at the case mouth when you are expanding them. If that happens. Skip seating a bullet. Just run it into the seater die to remove the flare. Then decap the primer in the sizing die, and then reseat it into a newer case. Toss the split one into a scrap can.
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Old June 16, 2013, 10:44 PM   #12
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I never see split 45 cases, however someone here mentioned 38 special lasting a long time, I'm not sure why but I loose more 38 special cases to splits than any other caliber.
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Old June 17, 2013, 05:40 AM   #13
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Chamber size contributes greatly to case life.
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