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A couple weeks ago, at the range, I found a box of already picked up and sorted brass. Either someone was policing their brass and didn’t get all the way to the can, or someone was brass picking and got distracted or changed their mind before they left.

I pretty much buy new brass for everything I shoot, except some guns that throw my brass violently on the ground. 150 rounds of once fired Remington nickel 223 brass seemed nicer than mixed, but not something I have to break my back chasing after when the gun spits it out.

Started processing it today. Turns out the primer pockets are crimped. Ever cut the crimp out of a nickel plated case? I don’t recommend it.

How do y’all deal with this bulk processing in a caliber where military brass (crimped) is pretty much the norm?

I’m almost tempted to look at the price of loading new cheap brass once vs loaded ammo prices.
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i reuse my own brass, don't bother with other people's. you just don't know where it's been.

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That’s usually what I do. I’m still working on the 30-40 brass you gave me years ago.
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my memory.... i dunno. likely shot once remington.
i do have exactly 6 plated 30-06 cases, loaded them with the odd tracer bullets i got in a box of milsurp lake city pulls. don't recall them being a problem.

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Run good brass and a brass catcher?
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Did they have the NATO headstamp? I have a bucket of those for that day I get swager and have nothing better to do.

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That seems strange that the nickel plated stuff is crimped. I bought a set of primer decrimper attachments for my Frankfort arsenal brass center for my 5.56 but I haven't tried it yet

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I guess my eyes are tired. I thought I read "This free beer sucks". Which it might.... :beer2: :drunklep:
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It's Speer nickel brass that's headstamped 223 Rem. We all know why my brain remembered it as Remington brass. I really wouldn't expect the crimps.

Lurch, the krag you sent me was a bunch of Remington and some WW Super and a few Super X.
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that makes sense, i was shooting whatever i could find in the local stores.

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Federal is crimping a lot of brass now too. what are you using a cutter or a swage? I did a large batch of 223 brass a couple of years ago and used the cutter attachment on my Forrester trimmer.

If I ever feel the need to do more I plan on giving the CH pocket swager a try.

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I’m cutting. Thinking of going in to work this morning and doing the rest of them on the lathe.
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That is one area where my Dillon Super Swager makes a huge difference. That said, crimped 9mm is the bane of my existence.
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It's also one of the times that I've been seriously tempted to switch to a dillon 650 so I can get the aftermarket swaging attachment so it's all done on press rather than having to run a separate process. I've also bought processed brass in the past.
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Maybe I’ll just buy ammo?
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Meh. Or just make a trip up here and you can use my swager. It's seriously easy to process a bunch with it. I wouldn't go down the dark path of actually buying ammo.
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being new to 7.62x51, i'm buying ammo. as i shoot it i save the brass, once fired. at some point i'll reload it and quit or cut back on buying. if you like, i can look through my stash and see if i've got enough .223 to send you some. i have a 5 gallon bucket, mostly 30-06 and 45acp, but i'll bet there's some .223 in there.

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I buy 22, 9mm, 12 ga, and I’m on the fence with this one. I have my 100 manicured Lapua 223 cases that I load with an arbor press for my bolt gun and maybe I just want to shoot crap in the semi?

Problem is that shinzen handed me a baggie of the good stuff and then we were all hitting whatever we aimed for and I’m just not paying for ammo that good.
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First baggie is free. Just try a little. It won't hurt. :smart:
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To be fair, I buy 22 and 12 as well, but still reload 9mm- I prefer 147's, so......
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I’d think about loading 9 if I wasn’t constantly churning light 357 by the thousand. I do really like the 124 Fiocchi.
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Time for another dedicated press then it sounds like. :) Also, I probably also told you this already, but if it was the 77gr baggie I handed you, it was 77GR SMK's over 22.5GR of H335. I don't recall the twist rate of that Faxon that you bought- they were loaded for my 1:7 centurion barrel.
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oFD3jJ9AEXk

This is cheaper than the Dillon and appears to be quite fast and easy.

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Yes but can it do this?


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Ooh!
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