If you had your choice......

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by randmplumbingllc, Aug 25, 2009.

  1. randmplumbingllc

    randmplumbingllc Active Member

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    ....of brass or nickel plated brass to reload, which would you use and why.

    I have acess to both and wonder what y'all think.

    I will be loading mostly light to medium pistol FMJ loads. Nothing hot.

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  2. robocop10mm

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    If you want to get the maximum number of loadings out of the casing, use brass.

    I like the nickle plated because it cleans up easier, stays bright longer and is easier to find in the grass at the range. Theoretically you will get fewer loadings out of the plated brass, but if you lose the non-plated in the grass after the first loading the point is moot.
     
  3. MadMo44Mag

    MadMo44Mag TGT Addict

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    That pretty much sums it up.
    Brass will last 10 time longer than nickel. The heat and expansion. contraction process takes a toll on the nickel.
     
  4. randmplumbingllc

    randmplumbingllc Active Member

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    But isn't the nickel just a plating on the brass ? If so, why would it not last longer then brass without any plating ?

    Sorry, but I just don't get it.
     
  5. MadMo44Mag

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    The nickel is harder than the brass.
    Reloading works the case mouth and because the nickel is harder the case will split sooner.
    It just that the harder the metal the faster it will fatigue when worked.
     
  6. oldguy

    oldguy Well-Known

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    Brass,gave up on nickle some time ago.
     
  7. accumack

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    absolutely brass ! lasts longer.
     
  8. randmplumbingllc

    randmplumbingllc Active Member

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    Thanks guys. I was leaning tward what Robocop10 said. I do like that I can find spent cases easier. ( I am old and blind )

    I do have acess to both, so I will load a couple of hundred nickel rounds and see how many times I can reload them before failure.

    I will do some subsonic 9mm 147gn FMJ 3.5gn titegroup loads to test.

    Thanks to all for the help
     
  9. robocop10mm

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    The nickle is actually plated. The thickness of the plating varies from maker to maker. Nickle has a rep of developing splits at the mouths earlier but I have never seen any real controlled tests of this. I have some nickle plated brass in .38 Spl and 9mm that has been loaded so many times the nickle is actually worn thin. The brass underneath is showing through and these have not developed cracks.

    9mm brass is so plentyful that if you "only" get 4 loadings out of it, it is easily replaced. Might be an issue in 300 WSM or some semi-exotic rifle cartridges but in 9mm, if it cracks it will be readily apparent. Just toss it.

    I guess it is easy for me to say when I get 15K of once fired given to me every month.
     
  10. Starker

    Starker Active Member

    Dude, hook a brotha up!
     

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