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Brass Trimming

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by tlfreek, Feb 23, 2016.

  1. tlfreek

    tlfreek Vancouver WA Active Member

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    I was curious how many of you trim pistol (non necked) brass before you reload?
     
  2. Beta1759

    Beta1759 Beaverton Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I do not. I do not know of anyone who does the more i think of it. I could see bullseye shooters possibly doing it? But for going to the range/non-precision matches i don't see the need.
     
  3. Dyjital

    Dyjital Albany, Ore Flavorite Member Bronze Supporter

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    Haven't yet...

    Run them until a fissure develops on the case wall and the case splits wide open like in that old cheesy move called "Earthquake".
     
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  4. Roop

    Roop La Grande Active Member

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    No on .45acp, 9para...

    I actually own the Lee cutter stud and lock nut for .44 special, but I haven't ever used it. I suppose I could use it to turn .44mag into .44spl, or if I was making hot loads for a .44 rifle, then I could make sure all cases were the same length to get a consistent crimp. I only bought it cause it was like $6.
     
  5. David J

    David J hillsboro Member

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    I have been shooting bullseye for 20y and have never trimmed a 45 or a 38 case and no one else that I know of does either. Some use only one lot of brass or sort it out by head stamp but that is about it
     
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  6. tlfreek

    tlfreek Vancouver WA Active Member

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    Of the thousands and thousands rounds I've reloaded, I have never trimmed pistol brass. However I was curious if others did and if I was committing the biggest faux paux of the century. It appears I am right there with those who responded here.....neat.
     
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  7. Mikej

    Mikej Portland Gold Supporter Gold Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    Ehh. I Mic/trim brass that has a roll crimp. If there's much more than .002 difference it makes for uneven crimps. So....38 sp, .357 mag .44 mag/sp. etc.
     
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  8. tlfreek

    tlfreek Vancouver WA Active Member

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    interesting. that's a bunch of work, but I suspect you get the benefit of consistency in the end.

    thanks for replying -
     
  9. v0lcom13sn0w

    v0lcom13sn0w Keizer, or Well-Known Member

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    never for pistol. just run'm till they split
     
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  10. Scott F

    Scott F Oregon City, OR Active Member

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    I never have until last week. When I did I found a lot of variation in the 45 ACP. I used the Lyman with the stud in a drill and it went pretty fast. I found having everything the same length gave me better crimping.
     
  11. ogre

    ogre Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    I both trim and aneal .44 Special brass for my black powder cartridge loads.
     
  12. bearnut

    bearnut Oregon Member

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    I put a tight bullet crimp on magnum revolver loads, so they usually need trimming after about 10 reloads. When they stretch enough to require a second trimming they get tossed out.