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Re: reloading 1X fired brass

I would have thought that annealing the neck/shoulder would forever banish any "memory" effects - that's why they call it annealing ? Now if you don't anneal or it has been fired 4 times or more - all bets are off...
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    Re: reloading 1X fired brass

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    I would have thought that annealing the neck/shoulder would forever banish any "memory" effects - that's why they call it annealing ? Now if you don't anneal or it has been fired 4 times or more - all bets are off...
    That's been my experience
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    Re: reloading 1X fired brass

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    The biggest risk with once fired brass is that if the chamber was way out of spec the wall of the cartridge near the base might have stretched quite a bit, which is irreversible.
    I had this happen recently in a custom. I had another LRH'er generously donate a fired (maybe more than 1x) case to shoot and thread for my oal gauge so that i didnt have to sacrifice a new case. The area just forward of the case head was too wide and would not chamber easily. There was no way with a standard fl die to size it any farther down. Only time I have ever seen it, but it can happen
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    Re: reloading 1X fired brass

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    I had this happen recently in a custom. I had another LRH'er generously donate a fired (maybe more than 1x) case to shoot and thread for my oal gauge so that i didnt have to sacrifice a new case. The area just forward of the case head was too wide and would not chamber easily. There was no way with a standard fl die to size it any farther down. Only time I have ever seen it, but it can happen
    It was only fired once, i guess that tells me that the chamber in my savage is very wide. Man i want to re-barrel that thing... Sorry about that, i could have pulled the bullet and powder from a factory unfired round and sent it to you if i had known.
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    It was only fired once, i guess that tells me that the chamber in my savage is very wide. Man i want to re-barrel that thing... Sorry about that, i could have pulled the bullet and powder from a factory unfired round and sent it to you if i had known.
    Ha! I bet myself I would see a response from you. Gave an over/under of 4 hours. Waaaaay too conservative!

    No apologies needed, I appreciate you sending me a favor and never gripe about free! Plus, I shot it and used it for its intended purpose using a secret technique that I will not disclose here (read: I'm not going to be made fun of).
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    Re: reloading 1X fired brass

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    Ha! I bet myself I would see a response from you. Gave an over/under of 4 hours. Waaaaay too conservative!

    No apologies needed, I appreciate you sending me a favor and never gripe about free! Plus, I shot it and used it for its intended purpose using a secret technique that I will not disclose here (read: I'm not going to be made fun of).
    LOL, thats funny right there. Let me guess.. you had your buddy with the lathe turn the base of it down?
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    Re: reloading 1X fired brass

    It's an interesting concept.
    I don't FL size & don't even have any FL size dies, otherwise I'd test the idea.
    Perhaps someone here has or would.

    Take a well hammered case that's FL sized back into chambering well, reduce the charge ~5% & see if after firing it still requires FL sizing to rechamber well.
    If no memory, it shouldn't need FL sizing.
    If memory, it will, and I could see this presenting an issue if reused in a tighter chamber.

    I wonder because I've noticed that I can go ~5-8 firings before needing to bump shoulders. But once reaching that point(always a sad day for me), I forever have to bump that lot of cases.
    This does 'seem' as though there is memory.
    Well, there it is, I should try my test on shoulders!
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