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Unread 07-21-2009, 08:59 PM
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Why brass

Why do they use brass specifically for cartridges as opposed to stainless steel or alloys?
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    Unread 07-21-2009, 09:22 PM
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    Re: Why brass

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    Why do they use brass specifically for cartridges as opposed to stainless steel or alloys?
    Brass is the most common because it can be formed to very good consistency from the factory
    and reformed by the re loader. also it has the nessary strength to handle the pressure whereas
    copper does not.

    A lot of the foreign military use a fairly soft steel for there cases but they are not intended for
    re-use

    Also brass does not wear the chambers as bad as other materials would and can be anneald
    very easy after hard use.

    There are probably more reasons but that is just some.

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    Unread 07-21-2009, 09:32 PM
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    Re: Why brass

    Thanks for the info.You always seem to be the first one to answer my silly questions.I appreciate your patience.
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    Re: Why brass

    Brass should be as strong as possible, but not as strong as the steel of the chamber, or it would scratch up the chamber.

    The two metals that get used are Cartridge brass heat treated to be 3/4 hard or full hard:
    Reroll Capabilities and Alloys at TMI: Technical Materials, Inc. : Clad Metal and Electroplating

    The other metal is steel, that has been fully annealed after forming.
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