40 S&W brass

Floyd_Droid

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Anyone reload 40 S&W? If so I'll start collecting brass instead of sweeping it away. I also shoot .380 and as soon as i get my 9mm back from my brother that brass will be available too.
I have no use for it.
 

Floyd_Droid

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Ok. I'll start doing that.

Q: Have you ever had troubles with reloading or shooting reloaded 40 S&W?

Last time at the range, was talking to another guy that asked me for my brass, when I told him it was 40 S&W he commented that there were troubles reloading it, something about crimping or what-not. He picked up just my .380 stuff.

Just wondering, because a buddy of mine we were thinking to go in halves to purchase reloading equipment. I've been concerned about the above mentioned statement and started to rethink my strategy.
 

wshbrngr

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I have never had any problems loading .40, (or shooting my re-loads in my Beretta 96 Brigadier)
Its one of the main calibers I re-load.

I do have a preference for winchester brass, but thats just me.
 

Floyd_Droid

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I have never had any problems loading .40, (or shooting my re-loads in my Beretta 96 Brigadier)
Its one of the main calibers I re-load.

I do have a preference for winchester brass, but thats just me.
Have you ever had issues with some 40 cal because of special neck do not allow for the tollerance of brasss stretch with reloads?
Thought Beretta was 'factory loads only'?

Just wondering if dishing out $$$ for a Dillon 550B and other neccesary equipment is worth it? (granted I would be going in halves with my shooting buddy)
 

wshbrngr

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Well, I am no expert by any means. I have not been re-loading that long, but I have had zero problems reloading any .40 brass.
I police up my own and I also pick up stuff that others have left behind - yeah I am a scavenger. (If I am not shooting in my backyard, then I shoot at an outdoor range and once people drive off, I figure the brass is abandoned.)

So far I have re-loaded winchester, cci, speer, and remington brass.

Some brass has been on the ground for a while, so I wash out the dirt/mud, inspect them, tumble them shiney, inspect them again, then prime and load them.

I have a hornady lock 'n load single stage and use the hornady dies.
I put a light roll crimp on the bullet when I seat them.

If Beretta is 'factory loads only', well too bad. (way out of warranty anyways)
I have not encountered any 'special crimp' - or if I have, it did not present any problems.
 

Floyd_Droid

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Well, I am no expert by any means. I have not been re-loading that long, but I have had zero problems reloading any .40 brass.
I police up my own and I also pick up stuff that others have left behind - yeah I am a scavenger. (If I am not shooting in my backyard, then I shoot at an outdoor range and once people drive off, I figure the brass is abandoned.)

So far I have re-loaded winchester, cci, speer, and remington brass.

Some brass has been on the ground for a while, so I wash out the dirt/mud, inspect them, tumble them shiney, inspect them again, then prime and load them.

I have a hornady lock 'n load single stage and use the hornady dies.
I put a light roll crimp on the bullet when I seat them.

If Beretta is 'factory loads only', well too bad. (way out of warranty anyways)
I have not encountered any 'special crimp' - or if I have, it did not present any problems.
I like to shoot blazer CCI pretty well. (I also like the price). What's best brass brand you've reloaded?
 

Rottweiler

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CCI blazer's aluminum cases aren't reloadable. They have berdan primers. Easy way to tell is look at the flash hole in the case. If there's more than 1 hole in therem they are scrap metal not reloadable brass
 

Floyd_Droid

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CCI blazer's aluminum cases aren't reloadable. They have berdan primers. Easy way to tell is look at the flash hole in the case. If there's more than 1 hole in therem they are scrap metal not reloadable brass
Yea, I know. Was just talking about what I shoot cause it's clean and inexpessive.
Was wondering about best brand of brass so I may buy that brand of brass and reload it.
 

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