Originally Posted by alphaco
New to reloading. Just received my new Forster press and other tools. Would like to hear opinions about purchasing once fire military brass for 223 and 308. Looking to buy 1K or 2K of each. Any recommendations of good price and for reputable dealers? Any concerns about used military/range brass? Keep reading about issues with m60 fire brass? I will be full length resizing and crimping so any reason o be concerned?
If you're FL resizing, I don't see any problems with your brass feeding in a bolt gun, but if you're feeding a semiauto, you may want to choose a small base FL sizing die for a slightly reduced diameter which equals smoother feeding.
I haven't had any issues with using once fired mil brass in AR's, using standard dies.
The biggest thing is to ensure that you get ALL of the primer crimp out before reloading, or you'll have other issues.
I like mil brass because it's thicker than commercial brass, and as long as I anneal it every 3rd or 4th loading, it lasts quite a while. The primer pockets enlarge after 10-12 loadings to the point where they no longer hold a primer, and I'm too lazy to re-swage the pockets to tighten them up.
Mil brass is getting cheaper all the time too...