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Old August 14, 2000, 02:00 PM   #1
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I'm getting closer to actually loading some ammo. Scrounged a lot of brass this weekend. Among the .45 casings are two or three Federals which are in good condition but have a silvery appearance rather than brass. I checked and they're not magnetic, so they can't be steel--but what are they? Nickel alloy, maybe? More importantly, are they safe to reload or should I chuck 'em out? Thanks.
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Old August 14, 2000, 02:12 PM   #2
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Those are nickel-plated brass cases from Federal Hydra-Shok rounds. They can be reloaded just like any other brass case.
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Old August 14, 2000, 02:14 PM   #3
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Those are brass casings with a nickel plating on them. The nickel plating makes them slicker and more immune to corrosion.

Yes, they are safe to reload. They wear out a little faster than regular brass rounds though.

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Old August 14, 2000, 03:12 PM   #4
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I have some nickle cases from HydraShocks, but don't reload them because I heard they would scratch the dies. Old wives tale?

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Old August 14, 2000, 04:33 PM   #5
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Nickel cases won't hurt your dies. You should clean all brass before sizing though to get rid of the grit and soot, which WILL scratch and prematurely wear your dies over time.
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Old August 14, 2000, 05:03 PM   #6
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Bottom Gun is correct; better wear characteristics is one of the reason for carbide dies.

FWIW, I've shot reloads where the case had a split which I hadn't noticed during the pre-reloading inspection. As long as it will hold the bullet in place, go on and shoot it and then throw the split case away...

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Old August 15, 2000, 09:32 PM   #7
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When I developed 460 Rowland loads [38,000 cup] I sorted through my used brass for Federal.

The used 45 Federal brass worked just fine. The recoil, however, gave me a flinch. Don't try this at home.
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Old August 16, 2000, 09:37 PM   #8
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I'm with Art. I haven't the faintest idea how many .45ACP rounds I've loaded and shot over these many years, but have inadvertently loaded a few split cases and fired them. No trouble.

Many years ago it became too much of a chore to bother to separate the .45 cases, so I just load 'em and shoot 'em until they split, then toss them.

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Old August 17, 2000, 06:32 PM   #9
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That's cool. I'm not worried about velocity right now, only accuracy and cheapness.
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Old August 17, 2000, 08:09 PM   #10
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If you found those at Bois D'Arc you are one lucky rascal. I took four double-hand scoops from that brass bin and .38 Specials were the only nickled cases after sorting.
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Old August 19, 2000, 10:33 PM   #11
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Did I mention to you that I ended up with over 400 .45 ACP brass from the range?

Nickel casings will wear out faster then brass but still reloadable a hell of long time. The casings you picked up were from somebody shooting hydroshoks.
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