keeping brass separate.

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  1. chucknbach

    chucknbach Well-Known Member

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    I have to come up with something. My kids and I are both shooting .243's and I've been mixing up the brass or I'm thinking i am In which case, if I have any doubts I put the brass in the Ruger pile as it has the bigger chamber.

    What ways have you found to keep the brass separate when using 2 different rifles in the same chambering?

    I've already thought about just using only nickel brass in one.
     
  2. rscott5028

    rscott5028 Well-Known Member

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    When I acquire new brass, I put it into the plastic ammo boxes and label the box with a LOT#.

    e.g. 65284-LAPUA-20110829-001

    Then, I track the treatment (case prep, load data, rifle used, # firings, TIR, etc) of every LOT# in a spreadsheet for the life of the brass.

    -- richard
     

  3. Dano1

    Dano1 Well-Known Member

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    I've always kept my brass in same lots, same headstamp for the same reasons as Richard stated. I have only once had two rifles of the same Caliber/Cartridge. I kept the brass seprate.

    I do have a friend that have multiple rifles in a given cartridge. His example is the .30-06. Dad has one, as well as each of his 2 sons. To keep it simple, they all shoot the same loads and all use the same brass. They just full length size every time, this way they fit all of the rifles. He does keep track of the amount of times loaded, etc.... and all his brass is properly preped. Seems to work for them. I have doubts about the accuracy, but they don't shoot past 300yds anyway.

    Dan
     
  4. chucknbach

    chucknbach Well-Known Member

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    My only concern is getting the Ruger brass loaded for my Browning, getting out hunting and miss on something 'cuz I can't chamber the round.

    I've had that moment, "Ok what brass does this go to?" 3 times in the past 2 months. I don't have a problem when they're in their own marked box only when they come out of the box when they can get confused.
    My system yesterday was left pocket browning brass, right pocket Ruger brass. I thought I had unloaded the Ruger pocket but at then end had 2 in the left.
    I guess what I really need is a way to mark the brass. I think I'll magic marker the bottoms of all the brass to one of the rifles and label the tumbler with whatever brass is in there just in case it's a few days till I get back to it, ahh who am I kidding it'd only take an hour or two till I forgot.
     
  5. Dano1

    Dano1 Well-Known Member

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    Try using difrent headstamps for each rifle, then write it down :D They don't wash off.

    Dan
     
  6. chucknbach

    chucknbach Well-Known Member

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    Problem is, I got all rem brass. Maybe get different brass when all the rem brass finds it's way into the Ruger pile lightbulbor I'll use that as an indicator that it's time to full length size and start over.:D
     
  7. rscott5028

    rscott5028 Well-Known Member

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    If you can't stay organized, then full length size and chambering won't be a problem.

    You may have to compromise on a load that works well across all of the rifles.

    -- richard
     
  8. chucknbach

    chucknbach Well-Known Member

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    I'm just lazy. I think I'll just take the browning down and have the smith reem out the camber to the same size as the Ruger than I won't have to worry about it.:D

    The same loads won't be good as one is 16 1/2" 1:9 barrel the other 24" 1:10 right now the loads are vastly different.

    Seriously though, I'll figure it out. Just wanted to hear if anyones had the same problem
     
  9. magicofmt

    magicofmt Well-Known Member

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    Dano1 has the best idea, that's what I do. Three 300 Win Mags and WW brass for one, Rem brass for another and Norma brass for the one I shoot most. Can just tumble all together, prep, neck size and go. Keep each brand in a separate loading block for each gun. They all shoot great this way too!
     
  10. Dano1

    Dano1 Well-Known Member

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    Well, If he wants to start over he can send me his brass, I can always fire form the brass to fit my .243 AI. :D
     
  11. woods

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    The only way I found to keep brass marked so I have no doubt is to mark the case heads. Right after depriming I will use an electric engraver to put a mark

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    and fill it in with a magic marker

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    My purpose is to keep them grouped as to how many times each has been fired

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    but you could use different colored magic markers and keep them separate

    Just an idea
     
  12. johnnyk

    johnnyk Well-Known Member

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    The method I use has developed over my 25 yrs of reloading. The most number of cases I have for one lot is about 250 .243 Win (Rem). I own several rifles and except for the .243 only keep about 100-150 cases of the same lot on hand for all my rifles.
    I use two gallon Ziploc bags (one inside the other) to keep my brass separated. Everything in the "outside" gallow bag is stock, they are all the same headstamp. I put a 2x2 sticky note, folded on itself inside with the number of times the cases have been fired. This starts out as a "once fired" bag.
    I take them from this bag as I need them. Prep (tumble/anneal as needed), load and shoot. The empties go in the "inside" gallon bag. Inside here I have another sticky note with the number of times these have been fired. This will be my "twice fired" bag.
    Once all the cases in the outside (once fired) gallon bag have been prepped and shot, they should all be in the inside "fired twice" gallow bag.
    Now I just throw away the "once fired" sticky note and make up a "3rd firiing" sticky note and put that in the empty bag. This empty bag goes inside the "twice fired" bag and will be my future "3rd firing".
    I keep all my cases in the same cardboard box under my desk/reloading bench. Hope this makes sense. JohnnyK.