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Old December 21, 2009, 01:37 AM   #1
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I reload 303.british I found some strange casings.

The casings are what look like steel im sure they are new or damn close to it.
So are there casings made of steel a guy can reload or is it a coat of something around the brass for looks??
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Old December 21, 2009, 02:32 AM   #2
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Try a magnet to see if the cases are steel. I don't know about reloading steel. I think it would be awfully hard to remove a stuck case in a die if it got stuck.

Ask this question on the C&R Forum and or PM tikirocker. He is a mod on some other C&R Forums, specifically Enfields.

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Old December 21, 2009, 02:39 AM   #3
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wolf makes alot of steel cased rounds. as far as im aware they are NOT reloadable.
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Old December 21, 2009, 07:26 AM   #4
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I've never seen .303 in steel but if it is, it cannot be reloaded. If you do, there is a good chance you'll damage your dies. As thin as the steel may be, it's a lot harder than brass. I'm also not sure about it's elasticity. I don't think it work hardens a fast as brass but I don't think it's as elastic to begin with. I used to do a lot of metal work so I should know but my I can't remember.
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Old December 21, 2009, 07:33 AM   #5
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There is a video on you tube of some guy reloading steel casings. He lists a couple of problems doing it, but it can be done.

I just reuse my brass and figure the crap I would have to put up with if I tried to reload steel casings is not worth it. I had a friend who said he reloaded some .223 brass and it actually started to rust on him.

Even if the steel casings are free, I do not think I would bother to mess with it. It is much harder to work when compared to brass casings.

I take the steel cases and toss them into the recycling bin when they accidentally get mixed in with the other range brass we pick up.
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