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bent rims on 308 brass - reload or no?

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by ch139, Oct 17, 2013.

  1. ch139

    ch139 teh gehtoe Active Member

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    So, I've got a bunch of 308 Winchester/7.62 NATO brass of just about every different flavor that I and various friends have shot though all different rifles over the years. There is some of it with bent case rims as seen in the pic below (not my pic, but exactly like my brass). Is it safe or advisable to reload this brass or should it be culled from the collection?

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  2. Dunerunner

    Dunerunner You'll Never Know Well-Known Member

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    Not me!!

    I don't reload irregular brass......
     
  3. AMProducts

    AMProducts Maple Valley, WA Jerk, Ammo Manufacturer Silver Supporter

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    Trash it, not worth dealing with, chances are it was run through an M1A and was a bit hot... which is why the extractor started to rip the rim off.
     
  4. ch139

    ch139 teh gehtoe Active Member

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    100% right there. Most of it went through a few different M14s or FALs... I'm pretty sure thats how it all go so trashed.
     
  5. rrojohnso

    rrojohnso Vancouver, WA Member

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    I didn't realize the M1A had this as a trait. So how many firings do you get before this happens with an M1a? A friend has one and we're going to work up rounds for it... I may use 'cheaper' brass if this is a common fate.
     
  6. ch139

    ch139 teh gehtoe Active Member

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    The brass I have with the bent rims like that in the pic have never been reloaded and were only fired the one time. The M14 and FAL being battlerifles aren't "supposed" to be concerned with saving brass to reload; the guns being designed to clear the empty case from the gun, the brass kinda takes a beating. Offhand I'd say about 25% of the brass I have has bent rims like that and almost all of it went through M14s or FALs (very little bolt-rifle shooting and no MGs like M60 or 240).
     
  7. decay

    decay NW OR Member

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    What would you be shooting it thru ?? I might try it in one of not so accurate gas guns . I have a pile of Lake city that had been run thru an M-60 and it wasn't good "target" brass but it was okay for the blasters .
     
  8. ch139

    ch139 teh gehtoe Active Member

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    Almost all of my brass is through gas guns like the M14s and FALs, none through machine guns and maybe a few hundred through bolt guns. The piles of M14s and FALs are gone now (anyone remember when StG kits were $139, receivers $100 or so and 7.62 ball about $0.11/rd). I've "culled" all the "good" brass out and set it aside for prepping for some better handloads, so this stuff would be for "blasting" (does anyone do that anymore with 308s?
     
  9. decay

    decay NW OR Member

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    I do ! And when I'm doing it I use my lame brass ammo so that if I can't find my brass I'm not too butt hurt about it .
     
  10. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    Looks like the stuff at the bottom of my fire pit to keep the temps up
     
  11. bellarum

    bellarum beaverton Well-Known Member

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    Doubt you could even get those in the case holder on your press if you wanted to.
     
  12. P7id10T

    P7id10T Cedar Hills Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I shoot it in my LR308.
    If it doesn't fit in my shell holder, or if there's a chunk out of the base from the extraction process, it goes into the recycle pile, now about a 1/2 full gallon bucket.