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#6551812 - 11/20/16 04:32 PM Nickel plated brass?
eddie4529 Offline
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Registered: 06/21/13
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Loc: fort worth, texas, 76111
I have once fired nickel plated brass from the hog hammers, can I use these too reload or are they a one time brass like the steel cased stuff? New to reloading thanks guys !

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#6551862 - 11/20/16 05:12 PM Re: Nickel plated brass? [Re: eddie4529]
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Registered: 03/10/09
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Loc: Bridgeport, Tx
I've reloaded them without issue but I've heard some on here say to watch for the flaking nickel, it'll scratch your dies. All my nickel reloads were 38/357
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#6551925 - 11/20/16 05:48 PM Re: Nickel plated brass? [Re: eddie4529]
Creedmoor Offline
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Unless you have 100 or more, I'd trash them. Flaking, scratching dies, too brittle ..... way too many variables.
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#6551939 - 11/20/16 06:02 PM Re: Nickel plated brass? [Re: eddie4529]
eddie4529 Offline
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Will carbide dies scratch as well?

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#6552818 - 11/21/16 10:45 AM Re: Nickel plated brass? [Re: eddie4529]
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Ill keep the nickel for pistol cases only.
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#6555828 - 11/23/16 11:38 AM Re: Nickel plated brass? [Re: eddie4529]
Happy Birthday ChadTRG42 Offline
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Yes, you can reload the nickel cases, but watch for the flaking. Also, the nickel coating adds more material to the brass case, making it thicker with less internal case capacity. So reduce your charge slightly to account for this.
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#6556053 - 11/23/16 02:42 PM Re: Nickel plated brass? [Re: eddie4529]
dredd Offline
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Registered: 04/26/10
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I heard horror stories about reloading nickel brass.
I heard plenty of Load it & Shoot it.

I decided to put them to a serious test.

I wanted to ID my 300Blk Sub's... make them stand out.

I took once fired .223 Winchester Nickel cases and made 300Blk cases.

I chopped them.
Deburred them.
Annealed them.
Sized them.
Trimmed them.
Deburred them.
Loaded them.

As of three reloadings so far, I have not had any issues with flaking etc etc etc

I have since been keeping and reloading all sorts of nickel plated pistol brass.

As with any brass used, case inspection is necessary. Nickel or Bare Brass.


Edited by dredd (11/23/16 02:42 PM)

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#6556058 - 11/23/16 02:44 PM Re: Nickel plated brass? [Re: eddie4529]
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Registered: 11/11/07
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I've felt a difference with some nickel plated handgun brass when trimming. I thought the nickeled brass seemed tougher and more difficult to trim. Has anyone else ever noticed this?
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#6556088 - 11/23/16 03:00 PM Re: Nickel plated brass? [Re: eddie4529]
dredd Offline
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Yes, Nickel is a tougher material.
Once you get past the first trimming, it pretty much feels "normal" after that.

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#6558183 - 11/25/16 09:07 AM Re: Nickel plated brass? [Re: eddie4529]
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I can't tell you how many thousands of rounds of nickel plated cases I've loaded. Never had an issue, although it does seem to split case mouths faster.
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