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Unread 08-08-2013, 01:25 PM
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nickel or normal brass

any inputs on nickel or normal brass
Does one have more reloads, is one harder on dies and to work with
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    Re: nickel or normal brass

    if you neck size only I don't see a difference. The nickel plated stuff is harder but, it sure looks good.
    Pistol brass and things like 444 marlin no diff but, I will stick to just brass.
    Here is another question, can you anneal plated brass?
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    Re: nickel or normal brass

    I use some of each... Mostly regular brass though.

    I neck-size, and have seen no issues. The nickle-plated seems to last a little longer without showing signs of wear, but that could just be because of the bright nickel plating...

    Other than the plating and color, I have no idea what the main differences would be.
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    Re: nickel or normal brass

    One problem with it is case length trimming. You have to break the nickle coating, which is hard, and it will dull your cutters. Another problem it in full length sizing. Lube it very well or it will stick in the die. Large cases take a lot of effort to size also. I stay away from it.
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    Re: nickel or normal brass

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    One problem with it is case length trimming. You have to break the nickle coating, which is hard, and it will dull your cutters. Another problem it in full length sizing. Lube it very well or it will stick in the die. Large cases take a lot of effort to size also. I stay away from it.

    Very true.

    I've got a bunch a nickle plated brass and it's no fun to full length size...you have to lube the crap out of it.
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    Re: nickel or normal brass

    I had a box of factory nickel 22-250. I sized exactly 1 and pitched the rest out. Not for me. It doesn't "feel" right in the die - I had to really wrench on it.
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    Re: nickel or normal brass

    I have worked with both for rifle and pistol, and decided years ago to avoid the use of nickle plated brass when reloading, particularly with rifle casings. I have found that case separation and case splitting is more likely and occurs sooner with nickel cases, proper annealing is difficult, if not impossible, and that the harder surface of the nickel can scratch the dye surfaces.IMO.
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