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Old February 4, 2013, 04:45 PM   #24
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Like others said, shiny brass is 99% cosmetic. I reloaded mebbe 12 years before I got a tumbler. I used a rag lightly dampened with mineral spirits to wipe each case as I inspected it prior to loading. No, my dies didn't wear out, and yes, I could spot any defects in the cases. The first year I reloaded mostly range brass, .38 Spec. and did hundreds this way. When I got up to 200 - 300 rounds per week, I decided to get a tumbler.

BTW, you could easily spot the reloaders at the range; they were shooting dull, brown, ammo and picking up all the emptys when they were done. The only shooters using virgin, shiny cartridges were usually new shooters or police...
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