Nickel plated brass??

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  1. elkaholic

    elkaholic Well-Known Member

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    Hi guys.....I've been reloading for 40 years but have never messed with the nickel plated brass. What are the pros "if any" and cons of this? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks/Rich
     
  2. muleyman

    muleyman Well-Known Member

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    I asked this awhile back as I didn't know either. Some felt that the plating would flake off, some said it actually held debris and scratched their dies. Others said they saw no difference, so I got some and tried it. So far I have not noticed any difference as far as strength, stretching, flaking, ect. I do like the fact they never tarnish or look bad. So for me at least so far the only con has been the slightly higher price.

    I by no means use it exclusively but have in a couple different cartridges. Sorry for the limited experience but thought I'd throw it out there.
     

  3. elkaholic

    elkaholic Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Muley....The only obvious thing I could think of was maybe neck turning?....Rich
     
  4. bigngreen

    bigngreen Well-Known Member

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    About the only thing I've noticed is it looks way cooler :D
     
  5. roninflag

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    what big green said. it looks good. i use it in calibers i can't get lapua. i use in my 30-06 garand even though i can get lapua.
     
  6. elkaholic

    elkaholic Well-Known Member

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    Has anybody tried turning the neck? How about annealing?.......Rich
     
  7. Catfish

    Catfish Well-Known Member

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    I try to stay away from it, but have loaded it. You get alot fewer loading from the nickel plated brass and I have had it flak. The more you have to work it the shorter the life. And no you cannot annel or turn it, it is brass plated with nickel. If you have some load it, if you are going to buy it count on 1/2 as many loads from it and figure your price from there.
     
  8. GNERGY

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    I had nickel 444 Marlin brass that I was necking down to 338JDJ for my contender and they would buckel and smash. I annealed them and had very good success necking them down afterwards. The nickel was a little bluish and they did scratch my die, I had to hit it with crocous cloth every once in a while.
    Tarey
     
  9. Joaquin B

    Joaquin B Well-Known Member

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    I used nickel plated 7mm BR brass in a silhouette rifle for years and never had a problem with it. Accuracy was always outstanding and the cases - at least the outside- were easier to clean. I reloaded these cases over 12 times without any problems.
     
  10. BoshTank

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    I hope you guys like the reason i reload plated brass .243 and .25-06

    My 12 year old killed his first deer when he was 8 and was using Winchester 95gr Nickel plated and wants to use the "Shiny Bullets" now several deer and coyotes later
    I am still loading him them for him now in his Encore 25-06 and Handi .243

    thanks for all the great info guys,,

    Richard
     
  11. elkaholic

    elkaholic Well-Known Member

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    Now that's the best reason yet! Kind of like the "Lone Ranger". :D
    Thanks for the info guys. I'll watch for a few more popsts but it looks like kind of a mixed bag so far......Rich
     
  12. Gene

    Gene Well-Known Member

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    Only positive I can see is, it looks "purty". I have never seen any staticstics regarding excess wear of the sizer die. But, brass is a malleable substance, meaning is needs to expand and contract. Nickel plating is hard and would resist that. That is why it doesn't sell very well.
     
  13. BowElkStalker

    BowElkStalker Well-Known Member

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    I was told by Hornady not to us nickle plated brass, they will scratch your dies.
     
  14. tnshooter111

    tnshooter111 Well-Known Member

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    They seem to be harder to resize. I like the fact that they clean up a lot easer.