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Unread 12-04-2013, 12:14 AM
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Reloading nickel plated

Any advantage or disadvantage to reloading nickel?
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    Unread 12-04-2013, 06:11 AM
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    Re: Reloading nickel plated

    Nickel is very hard. Only disadvantage is that continued use may cause wear in your sizer die. Otherwise, no difference.
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    Unread 12-04-2013, 07:50 AM
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    Re: Reloading nickel plated

    Use a good lube and pad (not spray) and the die wear thing isn't bad, most won't use their dies enough to even notice any wear. I'm 3 rifles deep on my 7rem dies and I've been running some of my brass as nickel for all 3 rifles; the dies have no scratching/wear at all.

    The biggest thing I see is that the load may be different with nickel's hardness and you'll have to re-prove your load in your nickel brass. Nickel doesn't tarnish like brass. Nickel is usually good for fewer reloading cycles as it is harder/ more brittle. I've had some 338 win case necks with nickel brass neck crack sitting on the shelf loaded.
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    Unread 12-04-2013, 09:27 AM
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    Re: Reloading nickel plated

    It scratched my 300WSM die so u quit reloading nickel.
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    Unread 12-04-2013, 09:29 AM
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    Re: Reloading nickel plated

    I don't recommend using nickel. It is hard on dies, very hard on trimmers, and I've been told it's less consistent in terms of spring back when sized. It takes longer to anneal, and is less consistent during annealing.

    I can't think of any "pros" when it comes to nickel brass, just several "cons."
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    Unread 12-06-2013, 08:57 AM
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    Re: Reloading nickel plated

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    Any advantage or disadvantage to reloading nickel?
    I had some nickel plated 243 win cases. When i first used them,I had to purchase 35 degree neck reamer. Before i had the neck reamer i was crushing cases.
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    Unread 12-06-2013, 01:07 PM
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    Re: Reloading nickel plated

    I used to use Winchester nickel plate stuff in my 30-06 got a dozen or so load out of them before they were shot. It is definitely harder than just plain brass but It seemed to last longer with max loads. I would not hesitate to use them again.
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