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Joined September 2016

Managing your brass

Hi Folks - I wasn't sure where to raise this issue, but this forum seemed as good as any. I've been reloading for a few months now, and have already made 2000 rounds of great 38 special with my square deal B. The brass I've used for this came from some remanufactured cartridges I bought from Freedom Munitions. So I know these reloaded brass have already been fired at least twice. I'm making a conscious effort to keep the new cartridges I've purchased separate after I've fired them, since when I reload them, I know they will have only been fired once by me. Do you think this separation is at all necessary? I first thought yes, because I thought it would be helpful to know that a certain batch of reloads had brass that had been fired twice or more, versus brass that had only been fired once. I'm curious to see how you all manage your brass.
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Joined November 2008

RE: Managing your brass

Well, I have been accused of being a bit CDO (that's like OCD, but in the correct alphabetical order) when it comes to reloading, but I do keep all of my brass segregated in batches (same headstamp & lot) that have been reloaded the same number of times.

I have found, over the years, that when you start seeing failures (loose primer pockets, cracks / splits) on more than a couple of pieces in a batch, the rest of the batch isn't far behind, so they all go into the recycle bucket and I move onto the next batch. Saves me a whole lot of individual sorting and inspection.

For rifle brass, this "batching" also includes trimming and annealing cycles.

I have found that loading brass that is all of the same "history" yields far more consistent reloads (OAL, crimp, etc.) than running mixed brass. Chrono testing of my reloads tends to confirm that this consistency extends to minimizing the SD.