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Old April 8, 2005, 05:58 PM   #1
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mixed brass

I have been neck sizing my brass with lee dies, I have fired ~120 without issue, however I just remembered that I picked up a few peices of brass at the range and had put them in the mix with all of my once fired brass from my rifle. Am I doing something dangerous by neck sizing only on the brass that was not fired from my rifle?

I am trimmng them all to length, and I have not had any rounds that were very difficult to chamber. Rifle is a rem 700 .308.
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Old April 8, 2005, 06:05 PM   #2
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I wouldn't say it's dangerous, but you may have trouble chambering them. At least you can figure it out with your gun. If they all chamber, then be sure to inspect all of the cases you mixed them into. them. Were they once fired? If all appears O.K. then use them.
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Old April 9, 2005, 05:48 AM   #4
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One thing to remember is that military brass is thicker than civilian brass and that can reduce the internal capacity of the case and increase pressures when using warmer loads. While once-fired military brass will have the primer crimped in, if it has been reloaded that will have been removed - check your headstamps.
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Old April 9, 2005, 11:53 AM   #5
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its all fed, win, rem consumer brass
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Old April 15, 2005, 05:43 PM   #6
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Wandering fired brass

All commercial brass, a few free-range ones got in w/yr own empties?? Check the case length and trim and chamfer i & o if over spec, then chamber all the empties in yr rifle; the ones yr bolt won't close on will need FL resizing. Other than that you're home free.

The not-yr-rifle cases will have slight accuracy issues--as will the FL resized ones--but if you're not segregating yr brass by manufacturer and keeping the lots of brass separate you're not being picky enough for the odd brass to make itself a notable problem.

Once the brass been fired in yr rifle, of course, you can just neck-size it, reload it, and shoot it, ten times over or more.

Check all fired brass, of course, for any cracks or other damage, be it from your private lot or free range brass.

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