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Unread 08-29-2011, 11:52 PM
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Re: keeping brass separate.

Originally Posted by rscott5028 View Post
If you can't stay organized, then full length size and chambering won't be a problem.

You may have to compromise on a load that works well across all of the rifles.

-- richard
I'm just lazy. I think I'll just take the browning down and have the smith reem out the camber to the same size as the Ruger than I won't have to worry about it.

The same loads won't be good as one is 16 1/2" 1:9 barrel the other 24" 1:10 right now the loads are vastly different.

Seriously though, I'll figure it out. Just wanted to hear if anyones had the same problem
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Unread 09-02-2011, 12:14 PM
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Re: keeping brass separate.

Dano1 has the best idea, that's what I do. Three 300 Win Mags and WW brass for one, Rem brass for another and Norma brass for the one I shoot most. Can just tumble all together, prep, neck size and go. Keep each brand in a separate loading block for each gun. They all shoot great this way too!
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Unread 09-02-2011, 12:52 PM
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Re: keeping brass separate.

Well, If he wants to start over he can send me his brass, I can always fire form the brass to fit my .243 AI.
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Unread 09-02-2011, 09:32 PM
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Re: keeping brass separate.

The only way I found to keep brass marked so I have no doubt is to mark the case heads. Right after depriming I will use an electric engraver to put a mark

and fill it in with a magic marker

My purpose is to keep them grouped as to how many times each has been fired

but you could use different colored magic markers and keep them separate

Just an idea
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Unread 09-03-2011, 12:27 AM
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Re: keeping brass separate.

The method I use has developed over my 25 yrs of reloading. The most number of cases I have for one lot is about 250 .243 Win (Rem). I own several rifles and except for the .243 only keep about 100-150 cases of the same lot on hand for all my rifles.
I use two gallon Ziploc bags (one inside the other) to keep my brass separated. Everything in the "outside" gallow bag is stock, they are all the same headstamp. I put a 2x2 sticky note, folded on itself inside with the number of times the cases have been fired. This starts out as a "once fired" bag.
I take them from this bag as I need them. Prep (tumble/anneal as needed), load and shoot. The empties go in the "inside" gallon bag. Inside here I have another sticky note with the number of times these have been fired. This will be my "twice fired" bag.
Once all the cases in the outside (once fired) gallon bag have been prepped and shot, they should all be in the inside "fired twice" gallow bag.
Now I just throw away the "once fired" sticky note and make up a "3rd firiing" sticky note and put that in the empty bag. This empty bag goes inside the "twice fired" bag and will be my future "3rd firing".
I keep all my cases in the same cardboard box under my desk/reloading bench. Hope this makes sense. JohnnyK.
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