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Old 01-24-2011, 10:37 PM
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nickel cases?

Do any of you guys use nickel cases especially in the bigger cartridges? What are pro's and cons?

Situation: Can't find any 338rum brass anywhere, every place is saying it will be 3rd week of March before they get any. Remington only makes seasonal run of this brass, what I've been told. I am expecting my new rifle by then or before. I can find Federal ammo( hate the idea of buying ammo to get brass, fricking expensive) but Federal ammo is nickel cases for the 338rum. Your thoughts on nickel cases?

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Old 01-24-2011, 11:04 PM
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Re: nickel cases?

I need info also have 1K in Federal 308, have couple box's more to load then must make decision so does anybody have info
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Old 01-24-2011, 11:08 PM
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Re: nickel cases?

Here a good thread with a bunch of info.

Nickel plated brass??
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Old 01-24-2011, 11:12 PM
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Re: nickel cases?

I strongly prefer nickel plated brass as it doesn't corrode. I wish all brass came that way. The only negative is that it will show if you need to turn down case necks.
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Re: nickel cases?

I did a thread on this subject a while back and decided NOT to ever use them again. Some folks said they work just fine but what convinced me was that the nickel can flake off and being much harder than your stainless barrel, you can ruin your bore in a hurry....Rich
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Re: nickel cases?

I was working on some loads, 325 wsm and I HAD SPLIT necks on some in2-3 times, I have got 10 on 340WM , NOT using when gone.
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Old 01-25-2011, 03:33 PM
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Re: nickel cases?

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I was working on some loads, 325 wsm and I HAD SPLIT necks on some in2-3 times, I have got 10 on 340WM , NOT using when gone.
The nickel plating is at most a few thousandths thick & the base metal is brass just like in other cases. Necks can be annealed just as easily with nickel plating as they can without the plating. As such, I see no basis for your claim, unless you were not annealing these cases as you would unplated cases.

I have often heard scientifically unfounded claims that plated cases cannot be annealed. That is crap. I don't know who started that belief floating around the internet, but it is not true. In fact, annealing plated cases may be easier than unplated cases since the copper in the cases is unlikely to burn as you heat the cases, which means you are less likely to over-weaken the case as you anneal it if it's plated. The annealing process is purely caused by changing the temperature and will not be hindered by the plating.

I can refer anyone interested to a metal processing textbook from my manufacturing engineering days if they need to see this information in an established treatise.

The negative of plated cases is 98% cost. The risk of plating flaking off is small enough for me to disregard. If the plating was applied correctly, it will not flake.
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