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Old February 13, 2019, 04:06 PM   #26
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I have found a good use for Alumilum Blazer cases. It makes fine fishing lures. I have 44, 357 and 25 cal spinners.
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Old February 13, 2019, 05:36 PM   #27
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Some ranges pick up brass to make some money by recycling. Ranges that do that may prohibit aluminum or steel cases, because they don't want to have to sort them out of the brass.
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Old February 13, 2019, 07:07 PM   #28
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I could never figure out why the industry doesn’t offer aluminum cased defensive ammo, since a carry gun would be considerably lighter in a holster with aluminum cased vs. brass cased ammo.
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Old February 13, 2019, 08:41 PM   #29
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JDBerg I could never figure out why the industry doesn’t offer aluminum cased defensive ammo, since a carry gun would be considerably lighter in a holster with aluminum cased vs. brass cased ammo.
Have you ever weighed AL vs Brass cases?
The difference would be so minute that you wouldn't know the difference.
Heck, I'll bet 99.9% of those who carry everyday would never notice the difference between 115gr 9mm and 147gr 9mm......even in a 15 round Glock.
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Old March 4, 2019, 09:18 PM   #30
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I've used the Blazer aluminum cased ammo in .38 Special, .357 Magnum, 10mm Auto, .44 Special, and .44 Magnum and the only issues I ever had was sticky extraction in a Taurus 445 .44 Special (which I suspect had slightly rough chambers). I've also used the Federal aluminum case ammo in 9mm, .40 S&W and .45 ACP without issue. Quality has always seemed to be middle of the pack for range ammo and I'd rate it as equivalent to Remington/UMC, S&B, or Prvi Partizan, slightly less than Federal Champion/American Eagle or Fiocchi, and better than Tula/Wolf or Winchester White Box. That being said, I can usually brass case ammo for the same or lower prices, so I don't buy aluminum case ammo all that often.

Blazer Brass is decent enough quality in my experience and the brass seems to be of about average quality when reloaded. The only issue I've ever noticed is that the .45 ACP 230 gr FMJ seems to be a bit susceptible to bullet setback, but it's marketed as range ammo and for that purpose, it really shouldn't be an issue because it's unlikely for a single round to be chambered multiple times.

I do notice that the Blazer Aluminum case ammo in more powerful calibers like .357 Magnum, 10mm Auto, and .44 Magnum seems to be loaded on the light side for those calibers. Whether or not this has anything to do with the aluminum cases or rather just their assumption that most people would prefer lower-recoiling practice ammo, I do not know.

I actually do know of someone who reloaded Blazer aluminum cases (9mm if memory serves) for matches in which he wasn't allowed to pick up his spent brass. However, the amount of trouble he went through to de-prime the Berdan cases and then find Berdan primers to reload with seemed more trouble than it was worth to me.
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Old March 5, 2019, 05:36 PM   #31
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I just read Webleymkv’s post, but it sounds like a lot of you are saying that Blazer brass cases are no good for reloading.

I’d like to hear more on this.
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Old March 5, 2019, 08:57 PM   #32
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Blazer brass cases are fine for reloading, I've had no issues with them in .357 Magnum or .45 ACP. Blazer aluminum cases are what I think would be more trouble than they're worth to attempt reloading.
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Old March 6, 2019, 12:36 PM   #33
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I've run a lot of the Federal aluminum stuff in 9mm with no issues. Seems like decent practice ammo. I don't reload so that aspect doesn't matter to me. I don't shoot steel but it seems like the negatives with it don't really apply to aluminum, but please correct me if I'm wrong.
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Old March 6, 2019, 08:00 PM   #34
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Blazer Brass is fine for reloading!
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Old March 8, 2019, 09:21 AM   #35
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I'll add that Blazer brass cased 9mm 115 gr FMJ's are right up there at the top of the accuracy ranking in my 9mm's, especially so in my newest, a Sig P365. And BTW, I don't use aluminum nor steel cased ammunition in any of my guns, as I use the brass for reloading. YMMV, Rod
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Old March 10, 2019, 11:15 AM   #36
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Another question is "Is there any difference between .22L Blazer and SV" other than price....
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Old March 11, 2019, 07:28 AM   #37
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Another question is "Is there any difference between .22L Blazer and SV" other than price....


Velocity. Blazer .22LR is about 1250fps and SV is about 1070fps. But Blazer is surprisingly accurate for bulk ammo.
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Old March 13, 2019, 04:15 AM   #38
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Thanks for info there downtown tom, but i still wouldn't reload aluminum cases though.
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