Should have read this thread before I purchased "once fired Federal Match brass" from a fellow shooter recently...:mad:
I was up to my third reload on the Federal brass batch and discovered the 'hard way' that Federal brass doesn't like to be reloaded much as the primer pockets get too loose. RESULT = one damaged new Savage bolt. Gas had escaped around the primer and damaged both the ejector and extractor springs inside the bolt - damn!
Initially I was very concerned I had done something extremely incorrect with my reloading procedure. But, later after trying to discover why/what had happened I tried to seat a new primer into the cleaned/de-primed/re-sized brass the primer went into the pocket real easy. I removed the case from the press and gave the edge of the brass case a rap against a heavy block of wood and yep - primer came right out and shot across the piece of wood.:eek:
I then used a kinetic bullet puller to pull the remainding 15 rounds (as I was loading up slowly to the max published figure in the ADI reloading manual) and re-weighed the powder, as expected just below max and what I'd set initially. Max published load was 43.0 grains and I had loaded 42.5 grains.
So, exit all Federal brass that I have. Pity, as I had not experienced this before with other Federal brass in different calibers.
Live and learn they say...
Originally Posted by anachronism
I've alway gotten fewer loadings from Federal brass than any other. The reason? The primer pockets get loose. I had a real problem with it in .223 & .308. Don't re-use the cases if the primers don't seat really tight. I just had to replace an AR15 bolt because gas leaked around the primer and flame cut pits in the bolt face in a circle around the primer. This brass had never been overloaded and was on it's third firing, that's only two reloadings. A Kimber bolt sounds really expensive to replace.