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Nickel plated brass

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by rpatton, Aug 3, 2009.

  1. rpatton

    rpatton Graham WA Member

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    Would like to know if there are problems or difficulties with reloading nickel plated brass. If there are problems, what are they and/or why?
     
  2. deadeye

    deadeye Albany,OR. Moderator Staff Member

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    Never had an issue with them in any caliber.
     
  3. swampertwo

    swampertwo Just moved to Olympic peninsula!! Active Member

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    No problem reloading---they clean up easier than straight brass, but they are more brittle and you don't get as many reuses out of them.
     
  4. HappyRoman

    HappyRoman Sherwood Forest Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Nickel plated brass is technically harder than regular brass cases. Thus the dies can show wear or marks on either. The harder the case, the more chances after much reloading that the dies will have worn.

    I personally like the nickel plated cases, as the seem to show up cleaner in the same cleaning time.
    When loaded, shooting at the reange, with others using factory ammo, I can usually spot my cases.. if that's and issue.
    They usually cost more to purchase, even 1x fired.
    After some 10k+plus nickel rounds in my 45 dies, I still have no problems, but that is only my experience.

    Good luck loading, add a nice allow bullet and you have the silver bullet look.. away Tonto
     
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  5. NK777

    NK777 West of Portland Member

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    I personally avoid them because they are harder on your dies. I do have a couple in the mix that I run through but I wouldn't reload them exclusively. All that said I do run Starline Super brass through my press as well and they are quite hard and I haven't had any issues yet. Be sure to lube your cases with either a spray like One Shot (Graphite) or I personally prefer 3-in-one Professional Dry lube (Teflon). Make sure the cases are dry obviously before reloading. Those are both dry lubes and do not degrade powder or primers as long as you don't reload them until the cases are dry (10-15min and they are dry).
     
  6. the4thshake

    the4thshake Portland Active Member

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    What are the advantages of using nickle plated brass?
     
  7. NK777

    NK777 West of Portland Member

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    None that I'm aware of except for the fact that it may be easier to pick up your brass and nobody else's at the range which somebody already pointed out here.

    I'll stick to brass brass and reload any good brass I pick up. I'm not picky if you don't want your brass I'll take it.
     
  8. Grizzly_A

    Grizzly_A Portland Metro Area Member

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    It's shiny and chrome-ish. Makes us gun lovers want to buy it because we identify with bright shiny things.

    I heard a rumor that nickel doesn't corrode when stored in leather like brass does, so the cases are shiny-er and cleaner.

    But it does harden when heated (like being shot) and can get pretty hard to the point where it "can" scratch your dies or wear on them.
     
  9. wichaka

    wichaka Wa State Well-Known Member

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    Anyone reloaded nickle plated 223 cases?
     
  10. ogre

    ogre Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    My only experience in reloading nickle plated shells was in .357 using 158 gr. bullets. I noted that after a few reloads the nickle plating tended to flake off from the mouth of the cases leaving them unsightly. That was a deal breaker for me.
     
  11. motoman98

    motoman98 Gresham, OR Active Member

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    I've reloaded them in various calibers and now avoid them. They've scratched the sizing die and had to send it in for re-polishing. Didn't need that.
     
  12. swampertwo

    swampertwo Just moved to Olympic peninsula!! Active Member

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    Haven't tried them yet.
    I've never had a problem with the pistol cases marking my carbide dies- I do run all thru a vibratory tumbler before reloading just to clean them.
     
  13. sawchain guy

    sawchain guy PDX Member

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    Back when I reloaded 38spl for Cowboy Action Shooting I would load the revolver bullets in Nickle and the rifle bullets in brass so I could tell the difference in loads. They also looked nicer in my gun belt.
     
  14. johnboy

    johnboy Hillsboro Member

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    Primers seem to go in harder and they will or can scratch the dies, but not sure if this will effect any real performance. Looks good though but I will not spend the extra for them.....brass works fine for me