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Old October 2, 2012, 10:17 AM   #20
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How can you tell them apart ( military brass vs commercial brass ) once they have been fired and all sitting in a bucket together
I don't know that there is a hard and fast set of rules.

I'd start by looking on the bottom of the case.

If you see a colored ring around the primer, it's probably military. Sometimes, the stamp will say .223 or 5.56. Sometimes you can tell by the manufacturer - that is two or three letters on the head stamp. LC is Lake City - that's probably military brass. I have some that are AD which was military made in the Middle East.

I'm sure there are folks who know more about this than I do. Your notion of starting a new thread on it is a good idea.
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