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Reuse Federal factory ammo cases?

 
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Old 10-08-2009, 08:26 PM
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Reuse Federal factory ammo cases?

Currently just purchased reloading gears and ready to go this way
but just wondering any factory ammo case can be re-used for reloading?

i shot a lot federal ammos and still keep the empty brass but not sure if i can use them for my reloading?

if not that's ok i still wanna keep them for memory
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Old 10-08-2009, 09:00 PM
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Re: Reuse Federal factory ammo cases?

Yes, you can use brass that was formerly factory ammo. Even better is that it was fired in the rifle that you are reloading for because now it's fireformed to your rifle's chamber. JohnnyK.
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Old 10-09-2009, 04:36 PM
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Re: Reuse Federal factory ammo cases?

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Currently just purchased reloading gears and ready to go this way
but just wondering any factory ammo case can be re-used for reloading?

i shot a lot federal ammos and still keep the empty brass but not sure if i can use them for my reloading?

if not that's ok i still wanna keep them for memory

The short answer is yes you can reload your factory Federal brass. One thing you might want to do from now on is save the cases in the factory boxes they came so you don't mix lot numbers. This may seen insignificant to you as a new handloader but as you gain experience you'll understand this and several other little tricks. However I would caution against harvesting fired brass from unknown sources, you never know how many times and under what conditions these unfamiliar cases where loaded and fired. Good luck, Don
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Old 10-09-2009, 06:07 PM
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Re: Reuse Federal factory ammo cases?

If you are neck sizing or f.l. sizing that is great. ckeck for cracks on neck of fed. cases. I have found some in past of once fired brass.
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Re: Reuse Federal factory ammo cases?

Welcome to LRH and reloading. I too just started reloading this year and Federal brass were my first reloads.

Good luck and enjoy!
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Old 10-09-2009, 06:52 PM
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Re: Reuse Federal factory ammo cases?

yeah. by the time i also ordered two bags of winchester brass and recieved yesterday, however i saw many of them need to neck sizing since the shape of neck is not circle..
that's my first time of order, just wonder are they all coming like that?
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Old 10-09-2009, 06:56 PM
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Re: Reuse Federal factory ammo cases?

all the new brass i have ever bought needed to be ran through a FL die first.
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