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Short cases

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by IheartGUNS, May 22, 2013.

  1. IheartGUNS

    IheartGUNS WaCo Well-Known Member

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    My friend acquired some 308 cases and they are short. Don't know the history of the cases, and it looks like it has been reloaded. Anyway, they range from 1.8??-2.001" after resizing them. Is it okay to use? Hornady book says trim length to 2.005".

    Also, how would you go about with unknown cases? Toss'em or reuse?

  2. deadshot2

    deadshot2 NW Quadrant WA State Well-Known Member

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    Check the headspace measurement on the cases. If around 1.630 +/-.005, then all that matters is that you have enough neck to hold the bullet in place. I think I might want to discard anything much less than 2.000" myself but if the base to shoulder (headspace datum point) is close to your chamber size they should be no problem to shoot. If too short, case head separations are common.

    Just make sure to clean the chamber well, paying close attention to the neck area as short cases can cause a longer carbon ring to form.

    Remember, you are looking at "thousandth's". .005" is not that much.
  3. P7id10T

    P7id10T Cedar Hills Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Hang onto the ones you plan to discard (if you care). Someone on the board here in PDX has a friend who makes pens out of 308 cases (but cannot use the Berdan primed ones)
  4. HandLoad

    HandLoad Gig Harbor Member

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    The 2.005 Figure is the "Trim To" length. MAX Length for SAAMI Specs is listed as 2.015. If they are anywhere in the 1.985 or Longer range, they are Fine to use, IMHO. I just went to my "Library" and Pulled out an Unopened Box of 1966 Lake City MATCH 7.62 NATO, and Measured the Unfired Case length at 1.997.

    The 1.8(Something) cases might be OK in a Bolt Gun, but I wouldn't use them in a Semi-Auto.
    Silver Hand and (deleted member) like this.
  5. pdxPope

    pdxPope East Multnomah Co. (the DMZ) Member

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    Are you sure they are .308 cases and not .300 Savage?

  6. Otter

    Otter Oregon - mid Willamette Valley Active Member

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    Brass is cheap. Eye surgery is not. I would not use any of the brass shorter than 2.000. I would be more concerned about the carbon ring that forms just in front of the end of the case, and then using brass that is longer. The carbon ring could cause excessive pressure by pinching the mouth of the longer case.