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Old February 11, 2013, 10:00 AM   #1
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Tracking "age" of brass

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I'm reloading for .308 precision shooting. I know that eventually I'll have to buy Norma or Lapua brass, but I've got a couple thousands of FGMM cases to use for now.

I've shot some of them twice and some only once so I can still tell the difference. Now I'm thinking about a system to track how many times they are reloaded. I was thinking of a color coding system whereby a would put a little dot of nail polish on the primer, since there are so many colors the case would go to scrap long before I ran out of colors. But I'm afraid that the nail polish would get blown off or cause some other problem in the action.

What system do you guys use?
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Old February 11, 2013, 10:03 AM   #2
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Old February 11, 2013, 10:11 AM   #3
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Old February 11, 2013, 11:16 AM   #4
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I use the 50 & 100 round plastic boxes & write my recipe on a piece of masking tape on the cover... I write the brand of case, & how many times reloaded ( along with the date loaded ) along with the rest of the info on new tape each time I reload... the brass is prepped in those 50 - 100 round lots on ammo I'm trying to make more accurate than factory... I pretty much write the times loaded with everything I reload, exception being my CAS ammo, as I often don't get the same cases back, so that ammo is mixed brand, & no "times reloaded" on my recipe sheet...
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Old February 11, 2013, 04:10 PM   #5
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Yep, I use the 50, but mostly 100 round plastic boxes as well. Mark on a label on the box how many times the cases in the box have been reloaded. I use the o' |||| system with a slash to make five times and so on. Cases never migrate from the box for the life of cases. Simple and easy.
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Old February 11, 2013, 06:29 PM   #6
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You can color code with a sharpie (available in red, blue, black, etc) on the primer and it will stay on there until you deprime. It's handy to separate them if you just pick up a bunch, and there is nothing on the case that needs to be redone.
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Old February 11, 2013, 06:37 PM   #7
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I just load for a bolt action. I load till they need to be trimmed, or the primer pockets feel loose. Then they go to the recycle can. That is for bottle necked brass. I have some .221 Rem Fireball that have been reloaded more times than I can count. I inspect them well before loading them.

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