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If starting with once fired good factory brass, all fired from your comp pistol with fully supported barrel. How many times do you reload the same case if loading to major pf?

 

Second question is what is your threshold for no longer using it?

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If starting with once fired good factory brass, all fired from your comp pistol with fully supported barrel. How many times do you reload the same case if loading to major pf?
 
Second question is what is your threshold for no longer using it?
Until the neck won't hold a crimp anymore

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2 minutes ago, Rnlinebacker said:

Until the neck won't hold a crimp anymore

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Generally till i lose it or it splits

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As many times as I can reclaim the brass. Although I've long since stopped doing 50 squats a day to grab brass during the competition day. But I buy 40 range brass from friends in the sport with no cares about how many times it's been fired. And I find very few split cases in 40. Maybe 2 or 3 in a batch of 5000.

 

I've come to the opinion that the only range pickup brass to be wary of is getting 9x19 fired through Open guns.

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I keep loading it, when I pick it up, but I lose the brass before it splits.

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I also load it until it splits.  I examine every round AFTER reloading it to be sure it hasn't split during the reloading process.  If it has, I disassemble the round and trash the brass.

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How can anyone tell how many reloads brass has had? Especially if you're picking it up from the outdoor range. If you're reloading you need to inspect every round. .40 is usually good to go until a split. 

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7 hours ago, ttolliver said:

I've come to the opinion that the only range pickup brass to be wary of is getting 9x19 fired through Open guns.

 

I shoot a lot of it (USPSA match range brass).

 

I do not know of anything you need to be careful of, I just pitch it after it splits. 

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1 hour ago, DougM said:

I also load it until it splits.  I examine every round AFTER reloading it to be sure it hasn't split during the reloading process.  If it has, I disassemble the round and trash the brass.

pretty much. Life is too short to worry about such trivial things.
I pick up brass when I shoot, might be mine, might not, all goes in a bucket,,, gets sorted by caliber, thrown in tumbler and loaded. If I see something wonkee while loading it gets tossed,,, other wise I load it.

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I practice with brass and shoot matches with nickel. It’s maybe 5% of my 40 pile but 75% or more of my just loaded cracked rounds are nickel. I now let  them be someone else’s problem.  I hate wacking loaded rounds.  At least with my revo I can shoot cracked rounds.

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I’ve shot limited major for years and I’ve never kept count of how many times a piece gets loaded and fired. It has a way of cycling itself out Due to matches and practicing outdoors. You won’t ever get 100% of your brass back. 
 

also if you have a case gauge a cracked case won’t fit in the gauge. In my hundo a cracked case needs to really be jammed into the gauge for it to fit. That’s my red flag alarm to Examine the case before I shoot it. I wouldn’t worry about firing a loaded cracked case if you gauge all your ammo. 

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I just keep reloading until I see a split in the case. I check for splits while drying the brass and give a quick look over while case gaguing.


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Seems I can never hold on to it long enough for it to become a problem....

 

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All my matches are lost brass.  For practice: until I lose them.

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I reload them until I lose them or they crack..

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You lose count when you reload your picked up brass. I use them until it splits..

 

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A split case or really loose primer pocket is my indicator. 

 

I have never purchased .40 brass—it’s all range pickup. So who knows?!?

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Minor loads..... Till I loose it!!😎

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