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Old June 1, 2012, 01:35 PM   #1
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case life

How many reloads can I expect from a 9mm case? Reloads are going to be to the low-mid range of the recommended loads.
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Old June 1, 2012, 01:45 PM   #2
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In mid range 9 mm loads I have been getting about 20 loads using Federal Champion. I don't know how many loads above that I will get from Winchester yet. Different manufacture's cases will give you different results. Loading them hot or near top end will reduce the number of reloads you get quite a bit.

I have had a couple of cases crack under 20 loads. There were very few of those. I have even had a cracked case with the Winchester and S&B case. Keep the expansion of the mouth to a minimum and you might find the cases last longer too.
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Old June 1, 2012, 02:45 PM   #3
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A lot also depends on the gun you're shooting them in. A gun with a looser chamber will wear out brass much faster than a gun with a tight chamber.
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Old June 1, 2012, 04:59 PM   #4
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You might find this study interesting: 9mm case life study.

Look about half way down the page.
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Old June 1, 2012, 05:27 PM   #5
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Since I don't keep my own brass always separate from everyone else's I pick up, I've never been able to keep accurate track of how many times specific lots of 9mm cases have been reloaded. Since it's IPSC I do and usually everyone there reloads, I'd hate to even imagine how many times the brass I load has been previously used. I'm sure it ranges between once (for those lucky times I get the brass that young mall ninjas leave behind) to dozens of times, including brass previously loaded to major PF.

In my experience when brass goes bad, either the case mouth is cracked (pretty rare) or the primer pocket becomes loose sometimes causing the primer to fall out after loading to make those darn "tricklers". Usually you can feel the squishy sensation of a properly seated primer, and those cases that offer absolutely no resistance when seated I mark and end up leaving behind the next time at the range. I don't have to mark many.

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Old June 1, 2012, 05:40 PM   #6
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im at about <10. i dont really know for sure but thats a fair guess and im pretty happy that i do not find split necks. i usually manage to crush them myself on the press or something.
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Old June 2, 2012, 06:38 AM   #7
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From my Nowlin barrel I expect over 50 uses.
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