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Interesting striations on fired brass

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by jimwsea, Feb 8, 2011.

  1. jimwsea

    jimwsea Vancouver, Washington state Active Member

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    We picked up about 150 pieces of brass from a shooting area. A few casings have striations (grooves?) that I've never seen before. They are like cut marks on hollow point bullets, and can also be seen on the inside of the casing. These are R-P 308 Win casings.

    The striations are most pronounced around the neck, as if they were made to allow easier neck forming. Some of the marks go 1/3 of the way to the base.

    I can't seem to be able to upload an image now. I will try again later.

    Anybody familiar with these marks? I said I'd be hesitant to do any reloading with these.
     
  2. nubus

    nubus Guest

    They were fired from a fluted chamber as in an HK91, mine does really visibly on hot loads.
     
  3. HollisOR

    HollisOR Rural OR, South of Dallas Active Member

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    Yep...................
     
  4. elsie

    elsie Way over there on the left Well-Known Member

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    Yep. HK type fluted chamber. Might also have a big transversal dent about halfway down the body if they weren't using a port buffer. I reload these all the time for my HK using a small base die. The only issue I've ever had are neck cracks after they've been re-used a few times.


    elsie
     
  5. jimwsea

    jimwsea Vancouver, Washington state Active Member

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    Thanks for the responses. Those are some strong flutes!