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Would you load 9mm major from twice fired shells that were light loads their first loading?


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When i firat started loading 9mm major i experimented a bit with it, and waw able to loaded the same cases that started out as once fired 5+ times with no real problems I did start to see some splits after that.  Now I shoot them once in practice and load them back up and shoot them at a match and leave them on the ground.

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I load 9MAJOR over and over and over....................................and over. I have 10+ loadings on some brass. It will either split, not hold primers anymore, or you’ll lose it. Just pay attention to it and avoid junk brass and it lasts forever.

 Do a search here for the subject. There are always some who won’t reuse it but most load it over and over

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All of the matches I shoot are essentially lost brass matches.  So the only brass I recover is what goes into the brass catcher at practice.  That I clean and reuse.  I load major and minor, so if I cared about it, I'd load the practice brass minor.  I don't care, so I don't pay attention to it.

 

If you were doing something stupid like loading major with a fast powder, I'd say no.  If you think about it, major loads with 3N38, AA7 or Major pistol at 1.161" OAL are within SAAMI pressure specs, and for sure within +p pressure, so you really are not stressing the case more than you would firing a factory load.

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Places I shoot have other activities and seemed to be used by lots of non reloaders or non brass picker uppers.
I tend to just randomly pick up enough brass waiting my turn to more than make up for what I have left on the ground during match.. 
Stuff I pick up and dont shoot like Super I leave on table. I mean I am not a constant brass hound,,, Show up early walk the stages, help set up a bit... And usually by meeting time have plenty of brass without trying.. Then come match time I shoot and dont worry about brass unless there is a good lull and I happen to see some.
Bad brass usually gets sorted during polishing, or if pocket is loose. 

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On 1/26/2019 at 12:18 PM, 36873687 said:

I load it till it cracks or doesn’t pass hundo. 

 

+1

 

Speaking of cracks, I used to find a cracked case every month or so when I was shooting faster powders like True Blue due to the higher case pressures.

Since switching to slower powders like AA7, I haven't found a split case from my gun in 2 years now. That's with a healthy 10.6-10.8 grain charge under a 115 as well.

 

I thought I had loose primer pockets once last year, but it turned out my 1050 needed the primer depth increased .002" to work with all the mixed head stamp brass I put through it.

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I think the answer is it dependents on how serious are you?  I wouldn't go to the Nationals with a load of kanker brass, nor for that matter the Gator Classic or any other major match.

 

But back to the original question.   Yes I would shoot twice minor loaded brass 9m.   When it comes to 9 major I let the brass vultures have mine, but I'll pick their brass up if they abandon it.

 

The first step in brass prep it to go over it with a magnet, some of them are not brass, a steel case will jam up the gun to the point it has to be hammered out with a rod.   Next to the tumbler, then to the case pro.   Once loaded every round is drop checked with Zero Tolerance, all the failures go in the practice bucket.   

 

 

 

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I'm very good at my brass prep. I get it by the 1000 for 5 bucks. My friend owns an indoor range. I dry tumble and get it all clean then throw down 6 or 7 different containers and sort by head stamp. So far I definatly trust f.c. brass, winchester, r.p. as of recently, have a s#!t ton of blazer and a bunch of brass like gfl, and some other off brand. I think I should be able to use blazer. Haven't tried yet though. 

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On 2/5/2019 at 3:12 AM, Absocold said:

As long as you're making sure not to load stepped brass, use it until you cannot use it.

 

What he said. I use picked up range brass, reuse Major loaded brass until it splits. Why wouldn’t you? Never, ever had an issue in 20+ years shooting USPSA

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