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I bought a large lot of brass and it had a fair amount of nickel brass in it. Do you guys reload nickel cases? 

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Yep but it don’t last as long as straight brass. Keep close eye on them. They seem to split at the mouth faster.


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8 minutes ago, Bmans45 said:

 

Do you have any problems with it ? 

NO,, I’ve loaded it in 9,38,357,9major.45 acp.

when I shot my 625, I used it all the time. 

It will split sometime, but I usually loose it before then.

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I save my nickel plated brass for local steel and pin matches.  It is easier to see and pick up.

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Do I use it-yes.

 

Would I buy it -no.

 

It seems to me the most likely cases to be cracked at the hunndo are nickle ones.  And that is with only  ~5% of my 40's being nickle.  I'm sure a metallurgist could explain why.

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Go for it and load em. Like others have said, they do tend to split sooner than straight brass.

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No issues in 9 and 40 (only pistol cals I own/load).  I notice they seem to size slightly easier but don't last quite as long.

 

Wouldn't buy a batch of them but use them if I pick them up.

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I do but I feel like I have way more split nickel cases than brass. But this may just be me. 

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I always use nickel cases for major match ammo if possible. I "think" it has a slightly harder surface which has a lower coefficient of friction and might feed a little better...maybe...

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I, too, have heard that nickel brass can feed better, not that I have issues with regular brass.

I'll use nickel brass for major match ammo or for a different load with the same bullet during load development so I can more easily tell them apart.

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The same thing happened to me, bought brass and it had some nickel. I reloaded it and it is great!

 

I dont notice any better feeding but it did feel like it went through my press a bit smoother. (XL650)

 

 

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Anybody that has too much, I will take it off your hands.

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I bought a large lot of brass and it had a fair amount of nickel brass in it. Do you guys reload nickel cases? 
I use only nickel brass for major matches. I like the lubricity it has. feeds smoothly

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I buy nickel 9mm cases cheap in bulk and shoot and and leave it most of the time. Except practice because that is just laziness and someone has to clean up after me. Cases split very frequent and shooting major I don’t load it more than once. It is slick which I would think helps feed and it’s pretty, and regularly available relatively cheap so I keep buying it. If it wasn’t all same headstamp I wouldn’t buy nickel because of how frequent I find cracked cases even after once fired. 

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I've read about increased incidence of splits with nickel cases, however I haven't experience this myself with reloading nickel 9mm and .40.  Nickel seems to run through the press easier, which leads me to believe it would feed slightly more smoothly (all other things being equal) than brass.  In either case (pun intended) both work fine for me.

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I specifically mark nickel as “match” ammo.  I load all my ammo the same way, “match” ammo signifies cases that I want to get rid off, i.e. cases I want to loose.

 

Too many split cases in nickel compared to brass.

 

BTW, I also mark as “match” ammo brass cases I have reloaded more than 4 or 5 times - I recycle my brass from my practice sessions and store these cases apart from the rest of my brass inventory.  So.......if you pick up brass at matches I shoot, you are picking up well worn brass....also the reason I don’t pick up brass at matches....

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The majority of split cases that I have had have been nickel but the percentage is still probably less than  .1%

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I have measured NI brass getting about 5fps more In velocity over plains brass...

 

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I prefer as little nickel plated as possible because it doesn't last as long.  Can't say I've noticed that it feeds or loads any differently at all.

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No! Send this brass to me immediately and I will dispose of it! It is horrible to shoot....just kidding. 

 

I shoot it a lot and have had no issues. The guys at my club must have got a bulk discount because I pick up a ton of it and reload it. It looks good for self defense loads too. 

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On 4/11/2019 at 6:54 AM, Scott Steele said:

Yep but it don’t last as long as straight brass. Keep close eye on them. They seem to split at the mouth faster.


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