Did I ruin my new Federal Brass

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by Iron Worker, Dec 3, 2006.

  1. Iron Worker

    Iron Worker Well-Known Member

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    22-250AI loaded Sierra max load with 52 gr pill. (I worked up to it) it produced outstanding accuaracy. When I went to seat new primers in them one case wouldn't even hold a primer most others primer seated to easily. So the brass that does hold an easily seated primer ,are they still good or will they be innacurate? /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/confused.gif
     
  2. Supermag

    Supermag Well-Known Member

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    Loose primer pockets is a sign of too much pressure. You need to back down the load. The brass is probably ruined now too.
     

  3. CatShooter

    CatShooter Well-Known Member

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    Loose primer pockets is a sign of too much pressure. You need to back down the load. The brass is probably ruined now too.

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    Yup!
     
  4. Iron Worker

    Iron Worker Well-Known Member

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    So if the case holds a primer its still no good? What if with a reduced load will kick the primer out?
     
  5. Buffalobob

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    What I do is get the brass ready to reload and when I prime the cases I sort them into three piles.

    Pile #1 is the garbage can for those where the primer backs out when I rap the edge of the base of the case against the table sharply.

    Pile #2 is for plinking laods and those are the cases where it takes very little pressure to seat the primer.

    Pile #3 is for those cases that still have tight primer pockets and I load them hot.
     
  6. Iron Worker

    Iron Worker Well-Known Member

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    I'm mad at my self for making such a basic mistake /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/mad.gif
     
  7. EddieHarren

    EddieHarren Well-Known Member

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    Some lots of Federal brass were very soft. Try some Norma or Win. Be sure to start low and work up when changing brass.
     
  8. kraky

    kraky Well-Known Member

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    Federal brass CAN be very soft just like mentioned above. BUT, I also go along with the idea that the load is most likely on the warm side. I would get some Rem/win brass and watch the primer pockets closely. If they get noticably loose in 3-4 loadings you are still too hot.