- Jul 28, 2008
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.
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.
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
They are all about the same to me. Some people say to only load brass 4-5 times and toss it. I load them til I lose them. Revolver cases are hard to lose, Auto pistol loads seem to toss a few cases to the same place that socks go to in the dryer I know I have .38 spec and .357 cases that have seen over 10 loads and are still in use.