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Nickle plated brass

h*caliber said: Is there any advantage/disadvantage to using nickle plated brass. Thank you

B*ARMAN said: Nickle plated brass dosen't turn green when it is left in leather cartridge loops. And it is silvery in color, some people like that.

j*e-nwt said: :rolleyes: Oh come on, you have enough posts to have seen this debated to death here. Bored tonight, perhaps?

h*caliber said: :rolleyes: Oh come on, you have enough posts to have seen this debated to death here. Bored tonight, perhaps? Well you will have to excuse me Joe but I just started reloading so I have not spent much time in the reloading forum.I probably have several more newbie type questions so if this bothers you may I suggest you refrain from reading my posts.

j*e-nwt said: Ask away, but by the look of the responses you got so far, maybe try the search button first.;) Just to show I am not that bothered, here is a rundown of what you might find if you did use that search button.;) :D PROS -as mentioned nickle plated brass is corrosion resistant. -some claim it feeds smoother in some actions -some like the looks CONS -some claim nickle is harder to resize than regular brass -some claim the nickle may flake off and scratch dies and/or chambers. - some don't like bling-bling I think thats the major points. I by no means want to discourage you from asking questions, its just some topics have been discussed many times.

h*caliber said: Thanks Joe that`s all I needed to know.:p Yes I should have used the search feature.:redface:

j*e-nwt said: My pleasure!:cool:

RPM said: Some also say that the nickel plating makes the cases harder. And this causes them to start cracking sooner as a result of the crimping. RPM

d*niellybbert said: go with brass it wont wreck your gun Daniel

b*llybonz said: Some also say that the nickel plating makes the cases harder. And this causes them to start cracking sooner as a result of the crimping. Geeze folks how many times are you reloading the same cases? If you are starting with Virgin brass or once fired and loading under max, then you should never have any issues with your casings, unless you reload the stuff up every other month. If thats the case, invest in some more brass.

n*gnog said: Geeze folks how many times are you reloading the same cases? If you are starting with Virgin brass or once fired and loading under max, then you should never have any issues with your casings, unless you reload the stuff up every other month. If thats the case, invest in some more brass. I group my brass in batches of 500s to keep record of how many reloads I have done to them. We use 300 to 400 practice rounds a week between me and my 16-year old son for practice. Therefore I reload my brass of 500 rounds on rotation every week, that's once every 2-weeks for 2 batches of 500. In many cases these brasses does not get used to the expected max of times it should be reloaded, which is suppose to be 10 times (according to the loading manual) for the reason that we always lost some.... if not majority of it in matches. To answer your question how long a brass would last if you start from a virgin brass? Between weekly practice and matches, the life of a brass is only safe up to a max of 10 reloads. In my case it does not last long (2-months if am able to keep them all until it reaches the max 10 reload, else shorter cause I keep losing them in matches). Going back to the topic, I prefer brass over the nickel onse. They last longer and crack less than nickels especially if you use a lot of crimping for semi-auto.

st*rmbringer said: Geeze folks how many times are you reloading the same cases? . that is an easy one.......... UNTIL THEY SPLIT!!!

j*e-nwt said: To answer your question how long a brass would last if you start from a virgin brass? Between weekly practice and matches, the life of a brass is only safe up to a max of 10 reloads. In my case it does not last long (2-months if am able to keep them all until it reaches the max 10 reload, else shorter cause I keep losing them in matches. I said, pardon? What happens to the brass at that magic 10th reload? Hell, I've got properly looked after 300WM brass that I've reloaded more than 10 times.

n*gnog said: I said, pardon? What happens to the brass at that magic 10th reload? Hell, I've got properly looked after 300WM brass that I've reloaded more than 10 times. YOu can reuse your brass until it split Joe-NWT. That's up to you, but for safety reason (as far as I know, I might be wrong mind you) I only intend to reuse my brass max 10x. If I am wrong please correct me and dont be sarcastic, afterall we are all entitled to our own opinion that's why this is a forum.

j*e-nwt said: I'm not trying to be sarcastic. I'm just curious what you think happens to the brass after 10 reloads. I guess I need to work on my people skills..........:redface:

C*nuck44 said: If you load .45acp and only reload it 10x's might I suggest you send it my way. I have cases I have reloaded so many times you can hardly read the headstamp. When the case splits or cracks around the mouth from belling they go to the recycler. I don't shoot enough rifle to comment and I am not sure at what point I would toss my old rifle cases, to dat it has not been an issue. I cast a fair amount for the 30-06 and 30-30 and pressures are quite low compared to jacketed loaded rounds so I suspect my cases will be around for awhile. As far as nickle cases go I have found they clean up much quicker than brass do but don't seem to last as long with case splits being noted after only a few reloadings. I only reload my 9MM once then toss it in the re-cycle bin only because I get so much of it from the range, once fired. Stay Safe

n*gnog said: If you load .45acp and only reload it 10x's might I suggest you send it my way. I have cases I have reloaded so many times you can hardly read the headstamp. When the case splits or cracks around the mouth from belling they go to the recycler. I don't shoot enough rifle to comment and I am not sure at what point I would toss my old rifle cases, to dat it has not been an issue. I cast a fair amount for the 30-06 and 30-30 and pressures are quite low compared to jacketed loaded rounds so I suspect my cases will be around for awhile. As far as nickle cases go I have found they clean up much quicker than brass do but don't seem to last as long with case splits being noted after only a few reloadings. I only reload my 9MM once then toss it in the re-cycle bin only because I get so much of it from the range, once fired. Stay Safe I only shoot 40 & 30 Carbine Canuck. I am sorry even if I wanted to hand you over the 10x brass, I dont think it's possible. I always lost them before they could even reach that point. :)