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Old October 27, 2001, 10:02 PM   #1
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WTB - Nickel Plated Brass

Does anyone here have a source for once fired nickel plated brass?

Looking for:

40 S&W
44 Mag
45 ACP
45 LC
223
22-250
250 Savage
25-06
308
45-70

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Old October 28, 2001, 08:00 PM   #2
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Starline is advertising new nickel plated.
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Old October 28, 2001, 08:22 PM   #3
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Federal has nickel in several cal. I was pleased
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Old October 28, 2001, 08:25 PM   #4
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Need once fired not new!

I'm well aware of where to get new nickel plated brass.

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Old November 1, 2001, 01:32 PM   #5
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Do you have a local gun range? If so they may have some. The one I shoot at has once-fired quite often, but caliber choice is usually spotty, i.e.: tons of 44mag one week, none for the next month. That's how I get my brass for mild target loads.
Sorry I can't tell you of a major store chain that carries it.
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Old November 1, 2001, 04:44 PM   #6
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Don't reload nickel plated for use in perfectly good rifles - It's bad for the bore...
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Old November 1, 2001, 06:04 PM   #7
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Bogie, please explain.
(Sorry, not trying to get off subject, but I'm very curious as to the reasoning behind the statement.)
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Old November 2, 2001, 12:43 AM   #8
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Well, nickel is harder than brass, etc., and some small particles tend to come off... And go down the bore at great speed...

It's also easier to see imperfections with "naked" brass. Annealing is easier, etc... And don't even think about neck turning plated brass...
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Old November 2, 2001, 01:10 AM   #9
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My experience with nickel plated brass is that is much more prone to splitting than bare brass. For this reason, I avoid it.
I have noticed this mostly in the 38 special ( loaded with 148 gr HBWC and 2.8 gr of Bullseye) By no means a damaging load.

I have also noticed it in my 44 mag. I don't have any plated rifle brass.

I am not sure of the reason. Possibly hydrogen embrittlement if it was electroplated. Electroless plating should avoid this problem.

The other potential cause of splitting is ammonia in the cleaning or tumbling of brass. Brass is subject to intergranular corrosion, and subsequent cracking in the presence of ammonia.

If you are really set on nickel plated, check to see if there is a plater in your area who does electroless nickel plating. Ask him how much to plate the brass. Use a plating thichness of .00005in when requesting a quote. The will charge you based on surface area and number of pieces. It's best to do it all at once, as setup charges will affect the cost.
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Old November 2, 2001, 08:01 AM   #10
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I have no personal experience, but I've read that nickle can scratch your dies...Go to Varmint Al's website...he discusses nickel cases (and their drawbacks) at length.

It's a free country and your guns, but I won't take nickel cases free.
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Old November 2, 2001, 09:12 AM   #11
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I agree that nickel plated pistol brass is more brittle and does not last as long before it splits.
I don't use nickel plated brass in my rifles. I don't trust it.
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Old November 2, 2001, 10:50 AM   #12
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Nickel plated brass

is all I use for my Remington Rolling Block blackpowder .45-70 loads. They go straight from firing right into a jug of hot soapy water, and the nickel plating does a great job of resisting the corrosive effects of blackpowder residue. After tumbling, they come out looking perfect, even inside the cases.

I also use them for 9mm, .38 Special, .357 Magnum, and .45 ACP, until the brass starts to show through the plating, then they're discarded.
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