Nickel Brass

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by muleyman, May 1, 2008.

  1. muleyman

    muleyman Well-Known Member

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    Besides not tarnishing and the difference in price, are there any ad/disadvantages to using it over regular brass.....
     
  2. old_heli_logger

    old_heli_logger Well-Known Member

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    I don't care for it myself. The nickel is a plating and it can flake off in your dies; I don't like the thought of that kind of grit in my dies.

    Just my opinion.

    Good luck!
     

  3. craigp40

    craigp40 Well-Known Member

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    I don't like it because it seems to not size as easily (not as flexible as regular brass) and it's harder to trim.
     
  4. rocky_lange

    rocky_lange Well-Known Member

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    The only advantage I see is being able to spot empty casings that may find their way to the ground. Easy to spot against a pile of "brass". But that being said, it is still easy enough to find my magnum sized brass against the piles of .30-30, .223 and 7.62x57 brass that are scattered at my local public range.
     
  5. Reloader

    Reloader Well-Known Member

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    Nickel Brass....

    I've used it for a few carts.

    It's easier to clean and easier to spot expansion rings torward the end of it's life. That said, I see no real advantage to using it. I'll only purchase it when it's on sale for a good price. Never had an issue with the plating coming off in dies.... Just as good as regular brass IME.

    Good Luck

    Reloader
     
  6. Shortmagman

    Shortmagman Well-Known Member

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    I have used Nickel cases loading my 22-250 and 270 Win.. Since it is harder it will mark up your dies(you will find this out when you resize a regular brass case) and it will split easier. I now only use it when I load my 270 Win using the Lee collet dies. Since the collet dies grips the case the nickel will not mark up the die.
     
  7. EddieHarren

    EddieHarren Well-Known Member

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    Since dies are normally harder than barrels, why doesn't the "evil" nickel plating scratch chambers?